(UPDATE: Pricing confirmed) BlackBerry KEY2 spec sheet confirms Snapdragon 660 and more

(UPDATE: Pricing confirmed) BlackBerry KEY2 spec sheet confirms Snapdragon 660 and more
Ahead of tomorrow’s official debut, and just a couple of days after Evan Blass revealed complete renders of the BlackBerry KEY2, the notorious tipster is back, this time with an extremely detailed spec sheet akin to last month’s HTC U12+ leak.

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

(UPDATE: Pricing confirmed) BlackBerry KEY2 spec sheet confirms Snapdragon 660 and more

source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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KEY2
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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25 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So what should I get ? A Key 2 with SD660 for 650 EUR, or a OnePlus 6 with SD845 and OIS camera for 520 EUR ? :)

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

In all honesty, it depends on what you are in the market for. If an all touch device with a heavier focus on multimedia is what suits your fancy, then the OnePlus 6 is your best bet. But if you’re looking for a workhorse and productivity beast with fantastic battery life, a focus on privacy and security and an iconic, innovative physical keyboard, then the KEY2 is the way to go.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Heck. I'll take OnePlus 6 for 650 EUR..

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1186; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Go for the OnePlus 6. Cheaper price and better specs plus quick updates and a near stock android experience. With the extra money you'll be saving you can grab a pair of the excellent wireless OnePlus bullets to go with it :-)

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Specs are impressive. I’m sure the improved internals are what warranted the price bump. $649 in the U.S. isn’t bad at all (IMO) when compared to what premium smartphones are going for these days, although there will be those that disagree with me, I’m sure. $600 would have been the sweet spot to me, but I totally understand why the price is $649 instead. I’m sold, sign me up. This is sure to be one of the best smartphones released in 2018.

9. libra89

Posts: 2259; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah they sound really good! I'm looking forward to the hands on and reviews because it sounds like they improved on the right specs.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Not everyone needs the horsepower that the latest and greatest SoC provides. Some of us prefer fantastic battery life over that, and the 6xx series provides that. Add in the rest of the improved specs and the very different and refreshing form factor, and you’ve got a winner in my book.

5. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I wonder if there will be a KEYone trade-in program.

8. libra89

Posts: 2259; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That would be nice.

7. Judoya

Posts: 5; Member since: May 28, 2018

Even under TCL blackberry phones are still to expensive for the given specs the only difference is just the keyboard and security with phones like op6,Xiaomi mi 8 I wouldn't even think about blackberry for any given reason

10. libra89

Posts: 2259; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It sounds like this phone isn't for you.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yep, it sure doesn’t sound like this is the phone for him. Some of us prefer niche devices like this that focus on productivity and getting ‘ish done.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

She catches on quickly doesn't she? She's gonna looooove the likes of mxy.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! So true.

19. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I honestly think that is a cop out response. Some people are concerned about smartphone security and no one does it better than blackberry. That price is ridiculous. Does blackberry really think it will sell at that price point?

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry isn’t selling this smartphone, so they aren’t concerned with the price point. It’s not a cop out answer, it’s the truth. TCL/BlackBerry Mobile has no delusions of grandeur about massive sales. They know that this is a premium niche device for a premium niche market. If one wants a smartphone that does security and privacy better than others, they will choose the KEY2. If not, they will go elsewhere. It’s that simple. And the KEY2 still costs less than the other premium smartphones out there.

21. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I never said anything about them selling it. So in other words, making a profit doesn't matter with a license agreement. Understood.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

You’ve said it plenty of times, along with you saying that BlackBerry is still manufactures, markets, prices, etc, BlackBerry branded smartphones, which is a fabrication. They make a profit from the software via licensing agreement. You’re welcome.

23. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The only fabrication here is the stuff you are spewing right now. That's fabrication. I don't care. You're welcome.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! Can’t dispute the facts that I just said, so now you’re triggered. The facts don’t need you to care for them to be facts. You’re welcome.

25. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well we both know that you have fabricated things before. This little beef you supposedly have with me for no reason is proof of that. Just like the fact that you denied where I proved that blackberry was a patent bully?

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! We both know who you really are, as well as multiple people here knowing who you really are. You’re not fooling anyone except yourself. You’ve already stated that you have a problem with BlackBerry because of me. Posting opinion pieces isn’t proof. Proof is me exposing you for posting a photoshopped Imgur or the time I had tricked you into admitting who you really were with one of your other accounts.

14. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Hmm, I wonder what is this "HD audio" technology specifically.

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1186; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I like the textured back on the Key2 but not liking the on screen buttons they should make them removable. Making this device water resistant would be tough so I wonder if they could give it splash resistance like the Moto z series or OnePlus 6?

17. hf199

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I can't wait

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