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BlackBerry KEY2, the return of the best physical keyboard

It has rained between the time when BlackBerry It triumphed on smartphones to the current times in which it has been relegated to one more brand within the gigantic Android panorama. BlackBerry abandoned its own operating system to embrace the Google system entirely; bringing the BlackBerry experience and then distribute it to any Android smartphone that wants those applications. Can you distinguish yourself with your smartphones? Here's a second try: the BlackBerry KEY2.

The first model of BlackBerry with an open physical keyboard on the front landed at the Mobile World Congress in 2017, leaving a somewhat lukewarm experience. Materializing nostalgia is not always a good idea, especially if you create a high-end device and put the power of a mid-range. BlackBerry sins of the same error with the KEY2, although the hardware is of a better category this time.

The design is characteristic, of that there is no doubt: just look at the BlackBerry KEY2 to discover all that charisma that begins in the letters of the physical keyboard and ends in that metallic design finished off with the brand's logo on the back. BlackBerry improves raw power by elevating the Snapdragon 625's processor to Snapdragon 660; taking advantage to put more RAM, more storage, to duplicate the cameras … and make your device slimmer.

Features of the BlackBerry KEY2

BlackBerry KEY2, the return of the best physical keyboard

As we said, this new model, second with a physical keyboard in Android on the front (third with a keyboard if we count the Priv), it increases in power multiplying the benefits. Too bad a mobile with this category and construction brings a mid-range processor, the BlackBerry KEY2 deserved a Snapdragon 845. Although it cuts slightly in price, one thing for the other.

The complete technical specifications of the BlackBerry KEY2 are the following:

  • screen: 4.5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1620 × 1080 pixels.
  • Processor: Snapdragon 660.
  • GPU: Adreno 512.
  • RAM: 6 GB.
  • Storage: 64/128 GB (with microSD up to 256 GB).
  • Android version: 8.1 Oreo.
  • Rear camera: 12 + 12 Mpx double, f / 1.8 and f / 2.6 aperture.
  • Front camera: 8 Mpx.
  • Battery: 3500 mAh.
  • Measurements: 149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4 mm.
  • Weight: 168 grams.
  • Others: physical keyboard, front fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, FM radio, NFC, headphone jack, USB Type-C …
  • Colors: black and silver.

The physical keys maintain the style and size of those already included in the original BlackBerry KEYone; and they are made in the image and likeness of the brand's old models. Although they are not limited only to serve as support for the pulsation, they are also touch gestures. And they can launch applications: the system allows you to configure shortcuts. With an extra: the fingerprint reader is located right on the space key.

BlackBerry KEY2, the return of the best physical keyboard

Having a physical keyboard in the lower part of the front, the mobile must include a screen with an unusual ratio: 3: 2. As we already stated in the KEYone original, some applications will not be very well adapted to this ratio. Although all that come with BlackBerry, which are a few: the Hub, security applications, messaging, to improve privacy … The BlackBerry ecosystem is not as appreciated as it should be.

The BlackBerry KEY2 it is added to the double camera including a sensor multiplied by two on the rear face. They promise to be quite light; with multiple modes in the capture application, including the relevant portrait mode. In addition, the mobile includes a optical superzopom.

BlackBerry KEY2 price and availability

BlackBerry KEY2, the return of the best physical keyboard

It will not take long to buy the BlackBerry KEY2: It will begin to be distributed this June. The price will be 649 euros.