BlackBerry does not give up . After several years of comings and goings, it seems that the Canadian begins to find again its place in the telephone market, based on truly unique smartphones, which maintain the essence that has characterized the company since he began to take his first steps in the sector.
And so, a few years after he entered the Android universe through the PRIV, today BlackBerry brings us together to announce what they themselves define as a reborn icon , the BlackBerry KEY2 , that has just been presented and we already know each and every one of its details and official prices.
In a generation full of smartphones all screen With elongated formats, BlackBerry has decided to be the one that stands out from the trend of the industry to bet on a less classic design. The KEY2 has an aluminum chassis, with silicone details that promise to improve the ergonomics of the device and the comfort at the time of writing. And is that, as you probably have deduced at this point, the device has a 4-row backlit QWERTY physical keyboard that occupies the lower half of the front . This keyboard, in addition, with keys 20% larger to improve accuracy, has a touch surface that allows the user to make gestures to interact with the system interface, and the space bar hides a fingerprint reader.
Right above the keyboard is the screen, 4.5 inches and a ratio of 3: 2 that is far from the ordinary . This format, added to the Full HD resolution, results in a pixel count of 1,620 pixels high by 1,080 pixels wide. The panel, also, It uses IPS technology.
At a technical level, KEY2 makes an important leap with. Its interior is led by the brain Snapdragon 660 by Qualcomm , a chip much more powerful than the 625 of its predecessor. It is an eight-core platform with a maximum clock frequency of 2.2 GHz, which promises outstanding performance thanks to the inclusion of 6 GB of RAM. Nor will we miss storage, thanks to the 64 or 128 GB included, as well as support for a microSD card of up to 256 GB.
Another feature that is maintained is the software, thanks to a layer that barely departs from the guidelines set by Google in AOSP, which results in an experience very close to what we can find in Pixel devices. However, BlackBerry remains true to its principles, and does not forget to integrate the suite BlackBerry Hub of applications and tools aimed at productivity and safety . On the other hand, the firm promises monthly security updates.
The photograph is commissioned 12 megapixel dual sensor on the back, the first with aperture f / 1.8 and the second f / 2.6 which, combined, allow captures with the famous portrait mode. On the front a single 8 megapixel camera appears on the scene, capable of recording 1080p video up to 30 fps.
|Dimensions||152.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm|
|screen||4.5 inches IPS with glass Gorilla Glass 3|
|Resolution and density||Full HD (1,620 x 1,080 pixels) Aspect ratio of 3: 2 and 434 ppi|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 8-core (4x Kryo 260 at 2.2 GHz + 4 at 1.8 GHz)|
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Storage||64/128 GB expandable by microSD|
|Cameras||Rear dual 12 MP f / 1.8 + 12 MP f / 2.6 with PDAF. Front of 8 MP|
|Battery||3,500 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0|
|Others||Full touch QWERTY physical keyboard, fingerprint reader included in the space bar, USB Type C, Convenience Key, 3.5 mm jack|
|Colors||Silver and black|
|Starting price||From 649 euros / 649 dollars|
BlackBerry says that KEYOne has been the most successful phone in its history as a manufacturer of Android smartphones -which was not too difficult, on the other hand- Now, the brand intends to repeat this story with the KEY2, which reaches the stores At a price of 649 euros or 649 dollars , 100 more in in the case of the previous generation. It can be purchased from this month, although at the moment availability has not been specified at the country level.