BlackBerry KEY2 almost ready for prime time, gets all required certifications

BlackBerry KEY2 almost ready for prime time, gets all required certifications
It looks like a successor to the BlackBerry KEYone is a sure thing judging by the flow of leaks regarding a new BlackBerry-branded smartphone. Although the name of the device remains a mystery until it's officially revealed, rumor has it TCL has decided to call it BlackBerry KEY2.

Furthermore, a live picture of the KEY2 leaked online last month showing the same square-shaped design and the full QWERTY keyboard. Well, it appears that the phone has been given a model number – BBF100-6, and listed at Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG.

The two regulatory agencies provide new devices with the required certifications and it looks like the KEY2 received both of them, which puts it one step closer to launch.

BlackBerry KEY2 is likely to belong to the mid- to high tier and should be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. Keep in mind that some of the rumored specs may have changed since the Bluetooth documents show the phone has gone through no less than 9 hardware revisions.

source: Wi-Fi Alliance (PDF), Bluetooth SIG via CrackBerry

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  • Display 4.5 inches
    1620 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo




Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I will buy this on day one of availability. My next mobile phone.

7. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

if it still carries the touch buttons i'll pass!!! there is do meaningful upgrades over keyone!

6. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I need the phone world to release a full mock up of the K2 and the Pixel 3 since these are the only phones I’m interested in this year. Got 5 months to make a decision

9. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Pixel 3 ftw. Nothing tops the Pixel if you ask me.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 23046; Member since: May 28, 2014

Let’s hope that Google doesn’t release the Pixel 3 with near as many bugs as the first two Pixels. But if you’re looking for awesome productivity, the best battery life and different form factor from the rest of the “me, too” pack, the KEY2 is the way to go, IMO.

11. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I hope Google addresses the mostly minor issues that plagued the Pixel 2 phones at launch and prevent similar issues from occurring with the Pixel 3 launch. The best that can be said is that they weren't anything related to the screen separating. When you pay the slightly higher price on the Pixel, you are getting very cutting edge specs with the best camera of any phone and you are getting the best version of Android instead of just paying for a brand name alone.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23046; Member since: May 28, 2014

To elaborate, The number of issues increased from the first Pixel to the second issue. How can anyone claim that the Pixel 2 is the best when it has a plethora of issues, with more mounting up with each “fix”? It’s definitely not worth the price with that many issues, with more popping up. But here’s hoping that they fix it, because the Huawei P20 Pro is currently the very best Android smartphone right now, and Google has some catching up to do.

16. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

How can anyone claim the P20 Pro is the best when it's far from it is beyond me. Huawei had their best with the Nexus 6P. As for the Pixel 2 being the best phones, that's not conjecture. That's a fact that one could easily prove with just a Google search as it's stated by numerous different outlets including PA. Google has no catching up to do because they are already the best when it comes to Android updates and the best when it comes to making a cutting edge phone. Issues can happen with any phone much like the KeyONE.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 23046; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sounds like you’ve been swimming in salt water again, judging by your comment, lol. The P20 Pro is currently the best Android smartphone out today, and no amount of fabrication from you will change that. It’s far superior to the Nexus 6P. It’s currently Huawei’s best smartphone. That’s a fact they can easily be proven with just a Google search, and it’s been stated by many other outlets. Google branded smartphones have plenty of catching up to do when it comes to hardware features and smartphones that have little to no bugs, lol. Not only has Google been beaten by the likes of Nokia and BlackBerry when it comes to the ever important monthly security updates, but they’ve been surpassed by Huawei when it comes to cutting edge features. Smartphones from manufacturers that you ridiculously hate on like the BlackBerry KEYᵒⁿᵉ have had less issues than the Pixel line of phones, so stop making excuses for Google. The ever growing issues with the Pixel line is inexcusable.

20. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I could say the same thing about you. I'm not making excuses for Google anymore than you making excuses for BlackBerry being patent sharks. I have said before that Google should do better with testing the Pixel phones before release, but you are only saying that because I said something positive about the Pixel phones. I guarantee you that it will be a different story if I said something positive about the P20 Pro and criticized the Pixel phones. I see that you have once again just took what I said and used it as a response. I don't have to resort to cheap tactics like you are doing. The P20 Pro is decent at best, but not as good as the Nexus 6P. That's just what it is. And the Pixel phones being less than the Nokia phones and the KeyONE? Don't take my word for it.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 23046; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! The salt runs deep in your veins because I speak the truth about you. Everything you’ve said is a reflection of you. The only reason why you bash BlackBerry, Nokia and Huawei is because I favor them. You’ve already admitted to bashing BlackBerry because of me in the past. All you do is regurgitate what I’m saying and rehash all of your old comments. It’s extremely lame, but I expect no less from someone like you. Google needs to do better with its Pixel line for the price they are charging. Period. There is no disputing that, no matter how in denial about it you are. The P20 Pro eclipses the 6P in every way, and there is no disputing that either. These are all verifiable facts. And NO, the current Pixel phones do not cost less than the current Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones. As for the P20 Pro being the best at mobile photography, don’t take my word for it:

5. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Wil they ever make one like BB Priv model again tomorrow or in future?Probably never i guess so.

13. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

The reason they don't make it again is.... Because it doesn't sell well. It seems, BB fans only talk about liking BB devices, but didn't really buy it...... OR..... Perhaps BB fans is not really that much


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Most BlackBerry fan prefer form factor like BlackBerry Bold, Passport, Classic, KEYone, etc. Is not because they just “talk about liking BB devices”. Do not take information about BlackBerry fan from non BlackBerry fan and person that only make comment to troll BlackBerry and BlackBerry fan.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 23046; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can’t wait for the release of the successor to the incredible KEYᵒⁿᵉ. I’m expecting it to at least be every bit the battery and productivity champ that the KEYᵒⁿᵉ is. Definitely has my interest.

2. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i was to late to buy the keyone black edition for 350 euros only yesterdat -_-' sold out

1. Botnet64

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 09, 2018

Just reveal it already !

4. fyah_king unregistered

Looks like any other B.B. with a

8. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

And unfortunately with an equally high price. Hopefully blackberry learned their lesson with the first one and will price it accordingly next time.

12. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I disagree.... Even if BB or Chinese TCL lower the price, it still won't sell in large number. It seems BB brand is not as valuable as it seems. But, if BB or Chinese TCL raise the price, BB fans like a couple of them in here will buy it anyway just because it's BB.

15. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You're right. I don't think they have as much goodwill as they did back in the day. I think the brand name has lost value over the years. No doubt blackberry fans will eat it up, but for consumers the price would be too expensive for the specs. You would be paying for the name mostly.

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