You might think that BlackBerry has already given up by now. But apparently, they did not. They are now releasing a new smartphone — the BlackBerry KEY2.

BlackBerry smartphones are known for one thing — keyboards. And with the BlackBerry KEY2, the company is staying faithful to their avid fans. They will be keeping the keyboard, but the new device will also use a 4.5-inch touchscreen.

BlackBerry smartphones are some of the most secure devices around. With the KEY2, they are incorporating their DTEK security suit and FIPS 140-2 Full Disk Encryption technology.


But unlike most flagships today, the BlackBerry KEY2 only has mid-range level hardware which is kinda disappointing even though it’s clearly not meant for gaming.

Anyways, the BlackBerry KEY2 is equipped with a 2.2GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor and Adreno 512 GPU — powerful enough to handle most HD mobile games at decent frame rates. It also comes with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB storage capacity.

BlackBerry KEY2 Specs

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Single/Dual SIM
  • 4.5-inch IPS display, 1620 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~432ppi
  • 3:2 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Built-in keyboard
  • 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 8-megapixel front camera, LED flash
  • 12-megapixel (f/1.8) + 12-megapixel (f/2.6) dual rear camera, PDAF, dual-Tone flash
  • DTEK security suite
  • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • FM Radio
  • USB Type-C, FM Radio
  • Dimensions: 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 168g
  • 3,500mAh non-removable battery

The BlackBerry KEY2 will be available globally before the end of June. It’s priced at USD649 (~Php34,400), but the official pricing and actual availability in the Philippines are yet to be known.

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