Keyboards aren’t dead yet, BlackBerry launches Key2 Red Edition at MWC 2019
BlackBerry unveiled the successor to its KeyOne smartphone – the BlackBerry Key2 – at a special event in New York in June last year. And now, nearly nine months after its initial launch, Key2 is getting a cosmetic facelift. The BlackBerry Key2, apart from being available in its regular, Black and Silver variants, will now be available in a brand new shade of Red.
However, a brand new colour is not the only thing that the BlackBerry Key2 is getting. Apart from getting a facelift, the BlackBerry Key2 is getting an upgrade in terms of software and hardware. The Red Edition of the BlackBerry Key2 will be available with a memory capacity of 128GB, an updated Hub+ software and of course an updated price tag.
While the company hasn’t unveiled an official launch date yet, the Red coloured variant of the BlackBerry Key2 will be available in North America, Europe, Middle East for $749 (Rs 53,000 approximately), £699 in the UK and 779 in Europe.
However, the phone is up for pre-orders on BlackBerry’s Europe website and the site says that the company would shart shipping the BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition in the week commencing on March 8.
While the company starts shipping the phone, here is a quick recap of the phone’s top specs and features: The BlackBerry Key2 features a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 3:2. It comes with a touch-sensitive backlit physical keyboard that integrates a fingerprint sensor.
It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor and it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports 6GB RAM with 64GB storage that can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card. In terms of camera, the phone comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP camera with an aperture of F1.8 and a 12MP camera with an aperture of F2.6. The back camera comes with dual PDAF and it supports HDR technology along with 4K video recording feature.
In the front, the phone sports an 8MP selfie camera. The BlackBerry Key2 sports 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 low energy, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11 for connectivity. Additionally, the phone comes with a 3,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology. In India, the phone is available for Rs 42,990.