|By Le Williams | 2 years ago|
BlackBerry unveiled the highly-anticipated KEY2 this month, as a direct successor to last year’s KEYone while retaining the equivalent design features and offering upgraded specs.
Performance, keyboard quality, and design highlight the smartphone’s newly focused upgrades.
The KEY2 measures 151.4 mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm, rendering the device as taller and thinner than the KEYone. The screen remains distinct with a 4.5-inch panel, 1620 x 1080 resolution, and 3:2 aspect ratio.
Users now have access to 35 backlit keys on the physical keyboard, similar to the KEYone. Notably, the spacebar doubles as an integrated fingerprint sensor.
Consumers now have a choice between 64 or 128GB of internal storage, both of which can be upgraded to 256GB via a microSD card. Last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and inadequate 3GB RAM have been replaced with a Snapdragon 660 and impressive 6GB RAM.
The battery demonstrates a smaller size, measuring 3,500 mAh compared to the KEYone’s 3,505 mAh unit, touting acceptable power strength in return for size differentiation.
While the single 12MP rear camera on the KEYone worked suitably for users, the device often struggled in low-light and produced unstable 4K video results.
BlackBerry has outfitted the KEY2 with dual 12MP sensors. The primary one features a large 1.28um pixel size with f/1.8 aperture while the secondary one touts a 1.0um pixel size and f/2.6 aperture.
Video can now be recorded in 4K at 30 FPS, as dual-tone flash accommodates by brightening dark scenes, in addition to the new Phase Detection Autofocus.
The 8MP sensor is capable of recording 1080p video at 30 FPS for selfie-taking consumers.
KEY2’s many enhancements have resulted in a steeper price tag compared to last year’s model. While the KEYone started out at $550 in the U.S., the KEY2 is $100 more expensive at $650. Elsewhere, the KEY2 will cost €649 EU, £579 GB, and $829 CDN.
BlackBerry will release the KEY2 to Canadian retailers and carriers in July.