BlackBerry Key2 Review (Full Specifications and Price)

BlackBerry Key2

In an earlier post, I talked about the BlackBerry Key2 and its release date. The BlackBerry Key2 was announced at an event in New York City yesterday. Furthermore, it’ll be available to buy much later in the month. It may not be the most powerful smartphone on the market, but it’s cheaper.

The keyboard on the BlackBerry Key2 also takes in some of the amazing things on recent BlackBerry phones. Because the buttons also double as a touchpad.

In addition, the BlackBerry Key2 has pretty nice specifications too, with 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset.

This post does justice to this amazing device.

Design and Display

BlackBerry Key2

The BlackBerry Key2 boasts of an aluminium frame with a plastic back. The metallic rim encircling its dual camera feels nice in the hand, and the Corning Gorilla Glass used looks strong and premium.

BlackBerry Key2 has a dimension of 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm (5.96 x 2.83 x 0.33 in) and weighs only 168g (5.93 oz).

The BlackBerry Key2 boasts of a 4.5-inch (~55.2% screen-to-body ratio) IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colours. Also, with a resolution of 1080 x 1620 pixels, it has a 3:2 aspect ratio (~433 ppi density).

The screen has Multitouch features and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass v3 material.

The BlackBerry Key2 comes in two variants, a Single SIM (Nano-SIM) and Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) in India only. They both come with a Capacitive touch 4-row BlackBerry keyboard.

Hardware and Software

BlackBerry Key2

The BlackBerry Key2 is powered by a Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 chipset on top an Android 8.1 (Oreo) operating system.

In addition, there’s an Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260) CPU. Also, there’s an Adreno 512 GPU for graphics handling.

Furthermore, the BlackBerry Key2 comes with 6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of inbuilt memory. Which can expand to 256Gb, via a microSD card.

The sensors on the BlackBerry Key2 include Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass.

Camera and Battery

BlackBerry Key2

The BlackBerry Key2 sports a Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.3″, 1.55µm, DP PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.6, 1.0µm, PDAF) rear camera. With phase detection autofocus, and dual-LED dual-tone flash.

Some features of this camera include Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama.

Upfront, there’s an 8 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), 1080p Camera that promises a lot for selfie lovers out there.

Furthermore, the BlackBerry Key2 comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery. Also, they included Fast battery charging at 50% in 36 min.


The Price of the BlackBerry Key2 is about 650 EUR. While its Naira equivalent is N275,625.

Full Specifications

Finally, here are the full specifications of the BlackBerry Key2.

Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
Launch Announced 2018, June
Status To be released June 2018
Body Dimensions 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm (5.96 x 2.83 x 0.33 in)
Weight 168 g (5.93 oz)
Keyboard QWERTY
Build Aluminum frame, plastic back
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) – India only
– Capacitive touch 4-row BlackBerry keyboard
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 4.5 inches, 60.3 cm2 (~55.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~433 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass v3
Platform OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
CPU Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
GPU Adreno 512
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB
Internal 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Camera Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.3″, 1.55µm, DP PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.6, 1.0µm, PDAF), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected]
Secondary 8 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), 1080p
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR
Radio FM radio
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Features Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM
Browser HTML5
– Fast battery charging: 50% in 36 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
Misc Colors Black, Silver



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