BlackBerry KEY2 teaser reveals mystery button on the keyboard (VIDEO)



The BlackBerry KEY2, the sequel to last year's BlackBerry KEYone, is scheduled to be unveiled on June 7th. Thanks to photographs of the device taken by China's TENAA regulatory agency, we know that the phone will feature a dual camera setup in back, a first for a BlackBerry branded handset. And today, a new video teaser was released by BlackBerry Mobile that focuses on the pair of lenses on back of the device, and on a mystery button found on the physical QWERTY keyboard.

The button has a symbol on it consisting of nine dots spread out in three rows of three dots each. It most likely will prove to be a shortcut/multitasking key, but we will have to wait until next month to find out for sure. Other changes include the replacement of the glossy keys on the KEYone with keys that display a matte finish. And the power button has been moved from the left to the right side of the device.

The KEY2 is expected to be equipped with the same 4.5-inch display used on the original model. That means we should expect the screen to carry a resolution of 1080 x 1620 and an aspect ratio of 3:2. Under the hood we should find the Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform. That chip features an octa-core CPU running at a clock speed of 2.2GHz and the Adreno 512 GPU. 6GB of RAM is said to be inside, along with 64GB of internal storage. The new chipset and a slightly smaller 3360mAh battery (the OG model had a 3505mAh cell) could mean lower battery life compared to the KEYone. That would be a shame considering that this was one of the major standout features of the original.

Check out 15 seconds of the KEY2 by clicking on the video at the top of this story.

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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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5 Comments

1. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1261; Member since: May 01, 2017

The only device I’m looking forward to this year. I’m so tired of nothing but touch screen. The design looks more streamlined compared to the K1. Hopefully the headphone jack is on the bottom this time but if not I got some pretty good USB-C earbuds. SD660 and 6GB if RAM is nice but the camera needs to be on point.

8. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

according to leaked renders headjack is on top of the device

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Those of us us who are long time BlackBerry users have grown accustomed to keyboard shortcuts so this won’t be anything new. I would certainly appreciate the Tool Belt from the Q20 Classic with the physical send/end buttons and that fantabulous trackpad.

4. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

It's a Bixby button.

9. notfair

Posts: 711; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

have a like :))

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