BlackBerry, a smartphone brand that was massively popular a while back, is back for a revival with the BlackBerry KEY2. BlackBerry devices were very popular among the business persons around the world for a few reasons, but one of the most notable quirk and feature of BlackBerry devices are with its physical keyboard, and the KEY2 is no different.
As mentioned, the KEY2 prominently features a keyboard at the bottom of the device. It is a basic QWERTY keyboard with an integrated fingerprint sensor as well. To fit a keyboard, a necessary sacrifice is required to do so. Rather than making the device abnormally long, you can spot a 4.5-inch IPS display with 3:2 aspect ratio on the phone. A smaller screen means that it will take some getting used to. But on the other hand, most people that use their phones for business will see no difference as they are usually typing away on the touch keyboard anyway. The keyboard also has a Speed Key that allows you to have access to preset apps with just a touch of the button + another key, for example, you are on your Facebook and with a touch of the Speed Key + [I], you now immediately move on to Instagram.
The phone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. You can also upgrade the storage space of your device with a microSD card of up to 256GB. The phone is also equipped with a 3,500 mAh battery that is charged with a USB Type-C cable that supports QuickCharge 3.0. As for your photography needs, the phone has a dual rear camera setup of 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel, along with an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone also has Dual SIM 4G capabilities so you can separate your SIM with no issues.
A plethora of BlackBerry original applications are also preloaded on the phone. For example, BlackBerry Hub is an app that will consolidate all your emails, calender alerts, messages and so on into a single inbox, saving you the hassle of digging around for different apps. You can also utilise BlackBerry Locker to secure confidential files that will only unlock with your registered fingerprint. Lastly, the device is also running on Android 8.1, offering you a pure Android experience with no bloatware attached.
There you have it, the BlackBerry KEY2 is looking to dominate the pockets of business people all around the world again, and this looks like a fitting rejuvenation to the brand. Hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on the device and fully test its features! The BlackBerry KEY2 will be available to purchase starting 12th of July from Brightstar Distribution Sdn Bhd authorised retailers and Shopee. The device is priced at only RM2,599. On the 12th of July, Shopee will be having a “Shocking Sale” that starts at 9:00am, and it allows you to purchase the device at just RM2,449, along with a free Bluetooth headset worth RM109.