BlackBerry KEY2 Canadian specs, pricing and availability

Yolanda Curtis
June 8, 2018

In the U.S., the BlackBerry KEY2 will sell at a starting price of $649 which roughly translates to Rs 43,726.

This is the latest BlackBerry smartphone released by TCL under a brand licensing agreement with the Canadian company that was signed in December 2016.

BlackBerry says the KEY2 will arrive later this month for $649, making it $100 more expensive than last year's KeyOne at launch. TCL is promising up to two days battery life (unchanged) and a new Smart Battery Experience feature that learns from your daily charging habits to make recommendations for when you should charge your phone to make it through the day. It may not have the power of a Snapdragon 845, but it should make better use of the 3,500 mAh battery, which also supports Quick Charge 3.0.

According to Blass, the BlackBerry KEY2 will cost £579 at launch, an increase of £70 over the KEYone.

In regards to the selfie camera, you're looking at an 8MP sensor that's capable of recording 1080p video at 30 FPS. New this time around is that the device ships with Firefox Focus, which Mozilla incidentally updated with cookie management and autocomplete improvements just a couple of weeks ago.

The other major difference would be the dual camera setup on back. The exact dimensions are 151.4mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm (slightly wider, shorter, and slimmer than its predecessor). Much of its renewed reputation can be attributed to the company's adoption of Google's Android mobile platform, and subsequently, a return to a familiar form-factor that first brought the company notoriety in the space. The keys themselves are now 20% taller, have better spacing, and also now have a matte finish on top instead of the glossy plastic used on the Keyone.

It will also include a new shortcut called Speed Key, that will allow uses to instantly access apps, contacts and functions from anywhere on the device at any time.

All that said, we're not expecting many surprises, as the BlackBerry Key2 has been heavily leaked, so we have a good idea of what it's likely to look like and of all the specs.

In other words, the message is the same as a year ago. You still get in-keyboard fingerprint recognition.

While the KEYone started out at $550 in the USA, the KEY2 is $100 more expensive at $650.

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