The famous Canadian manufacturer BlackBerry, after building a great reputation in the smartphone market, could not keep its head high against Android and iOS, which were able to snatch its market share. For this reason, BlackBerry moved to Android, with which it has already created several smartphones. Today he returns with a new device: the BlackBerry Key2.
So far, BlackBerry smartphones (from TCL, therefore) know a little “yes but no“. They continue to struggle to make their mark in terms of value for money, relying on special features such as the physical keyboard to stand out from the competition. Does Key2 use the same strategy or try a different approach?
BlackBerry Key2: A smartphone without surprises
Aesthetically, the device remains faithful to its predecessors, re-incorporating a physical keyboard. Nothing surprising, is the manufacturer’s brand, after all. The finish looks successful and the proposed colours (white and silver) show that BlackBerry is aimed at a serious clientele and not young people. This is not surprising either since BlackBerry has always wanted to play on the professional’s court and not in the teenagers’ courts as Honor does, for example.
The screen is 4.5 inches (the keyboard occupies a good part of the body of the device) and LCD type. Also, keep in mind that it is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3.
As for the system, BlackBerry opts for the latest version of Android: Android 8.1 Oreo. The device has several special features, including the presence of the speed key that allows access at any time to the most used applications, contacts and functions. Inside, it features a Snapdragon 660 processor and a 3500 mAh battery that can be charged quickly with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Of course, it also has a fingerprint reader, placed on the keyboard, as well as a mini-jack port.
On the back, we find a double camera, each of 12-megapixels. The first has an F / 1.8 diaphragm, dual phase detection and autofocus, while the second has an F / 2.8 diaphragm, autofocus also but single phase detection. On the front, it has an 8-megapixel camera that can record 1080p video at 30 fps.
BlackBerry Key2 Price: On sale in June for 649 euros
The device is available in two models: 6 GB RAM for 64 GB of storage or 6 GB RAM with 128 GB. In both cases, you can use a microSD card. As of June, you can buy the device for a price of 649 euros.
What do you think of this BlackBerry Key2 smartphone?