Carphone Warehouse, Selfridges start taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEY2

Carphone Warehouse, Selfridges start taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEY2
Yesterday, the BlackBerry KEY2 was unveiled and it now can be pre-ordered online from a couple of U.K. based stores. First up is Selfridges, which is a chain of high-end department stores. The latter is accepting pre-orders for the KEY2 until June 27th. Priced at $649 in the states, the phone costs £579.00 in the U.K. In addition to Selfridges, Carphone Warehouse is also accepting reservations for the KEY2. Both color options (Silver or Black) are available, and the KEY2 will ship near the end of this month.

The BlackBerry KEY2 features a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 1080 x 1620 resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform carrying an octa-core CPU running at a clock speed of 2.2GHz. The Adreno 512 GPU handles graphics. 6GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB/128GB of internal storage. For the first time ever, a dual camera setup is found on the back of a 'Berry (12MP + 12MP), and an 8MP selfie camera can be found in front. A 3500mAh battery helps users obtain up to two days of usage with a single charge, and Android 8.1 is pre-installed.

Pre-orders in the U.S. will take place sometime later this month. Somehow, we get the feeling that unlike the KEYone, the sequel will find a much larger number of interested consumers. First of all, the QWERTY has keys that are 20% larger and the new smart key will allow users to jump from app to app in the wink of an eye. The long battery life (up to 48 hours) should also attract buyers. Overall, the KEY2 looks so unique that those who like to own a phone that is different will instantly be attracted. It would have been nice if the KEY2 carried an IP 67 or 68 certification rating, but the design of the phone prevented this. Still, the KEY2 will stand up to sweat and light rain.

If you're interested in pre-ordering the KEY2 from Carphone Warehouse or Selfridges, click on the appropriate sourcelink below.

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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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6 Comments

1. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Is the Key2 GSM only or will it be compatible with CDMA as well? Really interested in this phone since it seems to have everything I could want in a smartphone.

3. Venom

Posts: 3555; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

They made CDMA versions of the KeyONE for Sprint and Verizon. Honestly would have been better to have a version with ALL carrier bands with the price they're charging for the phone.

4. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The cup half full scenario: You're definitely right. The downside for OEMs though is that it would add extra licensing cost for their modems capabilities. Which in turn eats into their profit margins. Each company has to weigh the costs based on how many units they feel they'll sell. Being a niche device, TCL will wait and see how much market demand there is. If high enough they'll most likely release a CDMA variant. Now the cup half empty scenario: The two US carriers still using CDMA can get with the times, and the rest of the planet for that matter and make the switch. My carrier did, and they aren't the only one...

5. Rager722 unregistered

Verizon is dropping CDMA in 2019 and Sprint will follow thru and if the Sprint T-Mobile merger happens then CDMA will really be dead.

6. Subie

Posts: 2363; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

And the only one that will truly lament CDMA's demise will be Qualcomm.

2. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

as mentioned in the article there is no waterproofing, and the worst of all is touch keys above the keyboard which in my opinion after using a Keyone black edition is a huge design flaw! (the touchkeys are on your way of scrolling and accidental navigation mistakes like back and home are highly posible) i don't think there is going to be an upgrade for me at the 650$ pricepoint this year! but if having a physical keyboard is a matter of life and death to you then i believe the key 2 is your best bet right now!

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