Announced today at an event in New York City, the BlackBerry Key2 is the refresh we’ve been waiting for with updated specs, a new design, and some key new features.
Taking a look first at the specifications, the Key2 is a similar package to the Keyone, but with some important upgrades. The original KeyOne had some big performance issues which many attributed to the processor, but it really seemed to come down to the 3GB of RAM. To fix that, the Key2 packs 6GB of RAM alongside a Snapdragon 660 processor. There’s also 64GB or 128GB of storage and a 3,500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C.
Further, the Key2 improves the camera game by adopting a dual-12MP camera setup on the rear. The secondary sensor is used to improve portrait mode, as well as adding an “Optical Superzoom” mode. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera.
Rounding out what’s new, the BlackBerry Key2 improves on the build by refining the design with another textured back, as well as using Series 7 aluminum for the frame. At launch, the phone is available in both black and silver.
As for pricing and availability, the BlackBerry Key2 will be available starting this month, but a specific launch date is unknown. The phone will be available globally, priced at $649 USD.
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