BlackBerry KEY2 


launchJul, 2018

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  • Excellent build, textured back plate
  • Light and sleek
  • Over 50 fully-customizable keyboard and convenience key shortcuts


  • One of the usability constrains such a device puts on you is that having to constantly switch between the keyboard and display for input is a pain - this is hindered further by the Key2 being a fairly sizeable phone – more comparable to the OnePlus 6 or Note 8 than an iPhone or ‘classic’ BlackBerry – so moving your finger between the keyboard and something at the top of the display requires a stretch


  • The Key2, like the KeyOne before it, features gesture control built into the keyboard - this lets you scroll up and down and side-to-side without reaching up to the display - it’s a nice touch and one that becomes seriously useful once you become familiar with the phone
  • Like the KeyOne, the Key2 uses Android OS, and therefore taps into the extensive Android app ecosystem
  • Comes bundled with an extensive BlackBerry suite of apps, as well as useful security & privacy features


  • Excellent, tactile hardware keyboard - improved even over the already good keyboard on the the KeyOne
  • Regular performance is good, but it lacks the raw power to convince hardcore gamers and power users - it fails to be responsive even for gaming titles that aren't graphically intensive


  • Average dual camera setup on the rear - especially low light images/videos turn out very muddy


  • Ridiculously long-lasting battery life - will comfortably last a couple of days
  • Really fast recharge time - goes from 0 to 100% in 90 minutes


  • The small screen is frustrating to use - using a square-ish 3:2 screen in 2018 is not fun despite its sharp resolution and decent contrast - it won’t adapt well to fullscreen apps and is stingy on viewable content - it’s far too cramped to use effectively on most Instagram feeds, too limiting to really play games, and awkward to watch YouTube videos with the keyboard oriented in landscape
  • On the whole, the Key2 is a step-up from its predecessor but it still very much a niche phone for physical keyboard die-hards - you won't want this if you're thinking of upgrading from a regular Android phone and your muscle memory is trained for on-screen keyboards - having said that, if you are sure that you do want a physical keyboard, the Key2 is by far the best Android phone to have one

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BlackBerry KEY2 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size4.5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1620 pixels (~ 433 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Hall Effect Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 512
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 256 GB
Battery Capacity3500 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 (50% in 36 min), Fast charger included
Weight168 gmMedium
Thickness8.5 mmMedium
Width71.8 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Primary Camera12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.3" Sensor Size; 1.28µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF
  • 12MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size; PDAF
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 1.12µm Pixel Size
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFi DirectYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + Galileo
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Full Physical QWERTY KeypadYes
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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