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BlackBerry Key2 now available to pre-order: Keyboards are back

Friday, June 8th 2018 by Oprah Flash

Following several leaks and rumours online, BlackBerry unveiled its latest flagship phone - the BlackBerry Key2 - yesterday at a mobile launch event in New York.

Describing it as an “icon in mobile technology redesigned for today”, BlackBerry has broken the 2018 trend of trying to have as high a screen-to-case ratio as possible. By doing this, the manufacturer is able to incorporate its ‘most intelligent keyboard ever’.

Costing £579 to buy SIM-free, it's cheaper to buy than most other Android flagship handsets that have been released this year, such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 Pro.

Available in Black and Silver, you can pre-order one from Carphone Warehouse and Selfridges. It will go on sale from 27 June.

If you’re nostalgic for the good ole days of a Qwerty keyboard on a phone, BlackBerry has brought the feature back with a few modern twists. Its main selling point is the intelligent keyboard with built-in fingerprint scanner and enhanced privacy controls.

‘Technology redesigned for today’

With a large focus on productivity, BlackBerry has added the Speed Key to the keyboard so you can activate shortcuts to apps and actions.

The 4.5-inch touchscreen display is made with Corning Gorilla Glass so combined with the Series 7 aluminum alloy frame, the BlackBerry Key2 is 50% more durable than its predecessor.

While it’s a bit late to the party, this is the first time that Blackberry has decided to dabble with a dual lens camera. In this case, on the rear of the mobile are two 12MP cameras with a single 8MP camera on the front. Google Lens software is enabled on the phone so you can collect information by pointing the camera at an object.

Another aspect of the phone that BlackBerry is shouting about is the 3500 mAh capacity battery that has a supposed two days of usage before you have to recharge it.

Under the hood, the phone is running on the latest Android 8.1 operating system. There’s 64GB or 128GB of internal storage depending on the model you choose and 6GB of RAM.

Several reviews, including CNET’s, on the BlackBerry Key2 have suggested that is an improvement of everything the previous BlackBerry KeyOne had to offer.

Whether this is the phone for you depends on what you’re looking for. Looking at the tech specs, it’s a bit lower on the ladder of 2018 flagship phones but the price is reasonable and the keyboard is good for those who struggle with the virtual version on all other touchscreen phones.

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