Starting off with perhaps the most interesting details, a significantly improved processor is included in this year’s BlackBerry KEY2
. Specifically, the KEYone's Snapdragon 625 has been swapped out for an octa-core Snapdragon 660. This itself has then been coupled with a very respectable 6GB of RAM alongside the choice of either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Furthermore, if this still isn’t enough, a microSD card slot also makes a return.
Moving on to the slightly more external aspects of the device, a 4.5-inch display complete with a 1620 x 1080p resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio will once again be present alongside the physical QWERTY keyboard. Speaking of which, this integrates a fingerprint scanner into the space bar, much like the original KEYone
. Also, on to the topic of cameras, an 8-megapixel selfie sensor is featured up front, while the rear of the BlackBerry KEY2 sees a rather impressive improvement. Gone is last year’s 12-megapixel, f/2.0 lens and in its place is an all-new dual-camera setup comprised of a main 12-megapixel sensor that features an improved f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 12-megapixel, f/2.6 camera. Together, these are capable of 4K video recording at 30 frames-per-second and are coupled with a dual-tone LED flash.
On additional notes, the BlackBerry KEY2 ships with Android
8.1 Oreo straight out of the box and boasts a large 3,500mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. Furthermore, a USB Type-C connector is present along with Bluetooth 5.0. Lastly, those hoping for a 3.5mm headphone jack are in luck, with the connector present on the top of the smartphone.
UPDATE: In a separate tweet, Evan Blass has confirmed that the BlackBerry KEY2 go on sale for $649 over in the US. Additionally, European customers will have to fork out €649 for the device, while in the UK and Canada the smartphone will cost £579 and $829 CAD respectively
source: Evan Blass (Twitter