BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition with SD660 SoC, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage launched

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BlackBerry had launched its KEY2 smartphone last year and after around eight months, the company has launched a new variant of the same — BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition. Along with this new color, the phone also comes with increased internal storage.

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The phone features almost the same set of specifications as the one launched last year. It boasts a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1620 x 1080 pixels screen resolution. The display is also covered with 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass for protection against scratches.

It features a physical QWERTY keyboard which has a fingerprint scanner embedded on the space bar. Additionally, this physical keyboard is touch-sensitive and can be used for navigation.

Internally, the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC, paired with 6 GB RAM. Instead of 64GB internal storage, the phone now comes with 128GB of internal storage, with support for expandable storage using a microSD card.

It features a dual camera setup on its back which consists of two 12 MP snappers – one of which has f/1.8 aperture and the other one having f/2.6 aperture. For taking selfies and video calling, the device comes with an 8 MP snapper on the front.

As for the software, it runs Android 8.1 Oreo operating system, which is quite disappointed and the company should have upgraded it to Android 9 Pie. Connectivity options on the device include 4G LTE, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, NFC, and USB Type-C port. It is powered by a 3500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

The BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is priced at $750 (€750 in Europe) and will be available for purchase in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition Specifications

  • CPU: 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • GPU: Adreno 512
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Display: 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1620 x 1080 pixel resolution, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass and 433 PPI pixel density
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP (f/1.8 aperture, Dual PDAF, 1.28 μm pixel size) + 12 MP (f/2.6 aperture, PDAF, 1.0 μm pixel size) with dual-tone LED flash, HDR, 4K video recording at 30 FPS, Portrait Mode and Optical Superzoom
  • Front Camera: 8 MP with Selfie Flash
  • Internal Storage: 128 GB
  • External Storage: Expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card
  • SIM: Dual SIM
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB OTG, FM Radio, 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB Type-C 3.0
  • Other: Fingerprint Scanner on a physical keyboard, Speed Key, Backlit Keyboard, BlackBerry DTEK Security Suite
  • Battery: 3500 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition Pricing and Availability

  • Price: $750 in the US, €750 in Europe, and £700 in the UK
  • Availability: To be announced