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BlackBerry Key2 Preview: The most powerful and advanced BlackBerry phone that has ever existed

The BlackBerry Key2 is the first of the brand with dual rear camera; it brings an improved keyboard that promises greater precision and an update of specifications that would make it the most powerful we have known of the brand.

The BlackBerry Key2 is the first phone of the brand with dual rear camera, the most powerful and advanced that has presented and one that represents a clear refinement in front of its predecessor, the KeyOne.

Design: Avoiding eyebrow fashion

The BlackBerry Key2 comes with a 7-series aluminum frame and a diamond-pattern back that offers a bit of elegance, strength and offers more grip when holding it.

This  Android phone has a 4.5-inch touch screen protected with Gorilla Glass 3 of 2.5D; It still has capacitive buttons that divide the physical keyboard screen and is a fairly rectangular cell phone with sharp corners.

The BlackBerry Key2 has two loudspeaker grilles and the USB-C port in the lower part, while the upper part has a regular 3.5mm headphone jack.

One of the most important changes of the BlackBerry Key2 is that it is now less thick than its predecessor the KeyOne, having a thickness of 8.5 instead of 9.4mm.

Keyboard: A great differentiation and now with shortcuts with Speed ​​Key

The BlackBerry Key2 maintains its physical keyboard, but increased the height of the keys by 20 percent to improve accuracy and comfort.

The keyboard also continues to function as a kind of touchpad  that allows you to navigate the interface by sliding your fingers. In addition, the space bar integrates the cell fingerprint reader and can function as the camera’s trigger.

The keyboard now also has a matte finish that promises to help with accuracy.

Speed ​​Key is the great addition to the keys and buttons that integrates the BlackBerry Key2, and has up to 52 shortcuts to instantly access frequently used apps, call your favorite contacts or access specific features instantly.

The BlackBerry Key2 has a suggested retail price of US $ 649 and is one of the few cell phones with physical keyboard.
The BlackBerry Key2 has a suggested retail price of US $ 649 and is one of the few cell phones with physical keyboard.

Security: BlackBerry says to have the safest Android phones

BlackBerry claims that the cell phones that carry its brand are the safest Android phones in the world and to achieve this they implement different tools that protect and educate users a bit.

First of all, the Key2 integrates the same DTEK app that the company started to implement from the BlackBerry Priv $ 239.91 on Amazon.com ) . This app allows you to know the security status of your device, informs you of the behavior of the installed apps and the access they have to your data, as well as offers tips on how to improve your security.

A view to the DTEK security app.
A view to the DTEK security app.

In addition, it offers private folders so that documents and photos are safe and not stored in the cloud. It also has pre-installed Firefox Focus, the Mozilla browser that focuses on offering private browsing over the Internet.

Also, the cell phone system checks the status of all phone components to make sure they are the originals to maintain cell phone integrity and security.

The first BlackBerry with dual rear camera

The BlackBerry Key2 has two 12 megapixel rear cameras that promise to bring improvements in white balance, a faster focus and improved image stabilization, as well as a portrait mode for taking photos with a blurred background and optical super zoom that promises to conserve a lot Detail when you take photos with zoom. The front camera is 8 megapixels.

The dual 12 megapixel rear camera of the BlackBerry Key2.
The dual 12 megapixel rear camera of the BlackBerry Key2.

Also, the BlackBerry Key2 has integrated Google Lens, a form of artificial intelligence from Google that tries to identify objects, information, places and other things to offer more related information, store text or even to connect to a Wi-Fi network by placing only the camera in the router box .

BlackBerry Key2: Features and specifications

  • Screen: 4.5 inches
  • Resolution: 1,620×1,080 pixels
  • Pixel density: 434ppp
  • Aspect ratio: 3: 2
  • Processor: Snapdragon 660 of eight nululeos (four of 2.2GHz and four of 1.8GHz)
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Battery: 3,500mAH
  • Operating system: Android Oreo
  • Hearing aid connector: Yes (3.5mm)
  • Rear cameras: Double 12 megapixel camera with aperture of f / 1.8 and f / 2.6
  • Front camera: 8 megapixels
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Slot for microSD card: Yes (up to 256GB)
  • Water resistance: no

Price and availability

The BlackBerry Key2 has a suggested price of US $ 649 in the US, 649 euros in Europe, 579 pounds in the United Kingdom and 829 dollars in Canada. The Key2 will be available later in June.

Written by Kyle Frost

Kyle is the cheif editor of Today's Android. He's from Manchester, London. He's responsible for covering news from UK and around the globe.

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