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Blackberry KEY2 Is the True Successor to KEYone’s Legacy.

June 9, 2018 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) The Blackberry KEY2 smartphone, the successor to Blackberry KEYone, is coming to New York on June 7th at 10 a.m. ET. As expected, Blackberry wants you to wait until the company reveals more about the new phone. The company has kept all the details like specifications, features under wrap. But after analyzing the information provided by some sources, we can connect the dots.

The Blackberry KEY2 is not very different from its predecessor. It has the same sleek but chunky design. It includes a physical QWERTY keyboard. These features make KEY2 look different from every other smartphone. If the leaked images are something to go by, this phone is going to be more attractive than the KEYone.

The battery on the new phone is solid, but a little smaller than the previous generation. The KEYone runs on a non-removable 3505mAh battery, but the new phone will have a smaller battery. According to leaked details, the KEY2 will have a 3360mAh battery.  A more advanced processor means more energy efficient performance. Blackberry is following current trends, and this year, you will see a dual camera setup on the new phone. Reports say that the primary camera on Blackberry KEY2 consists of 12MP + 8MP sensors. The front-facing camera will be the same 8MP sensor with some improvements in the camera software.

As far as the processing power is concerned, the Blackberry KEY2 may get Snapdragon 660 chip. Blackberry doesn’t take part in the “latest processor” race. It is evident from its previous generation phones. The KEYone runs on Snapdragon 625 processor that powers many low to mid-range phones.

Qualcomm released Snapdragon 630 as the direct successor to the 625 chipsets. The Snapdragon 630 is 30 percent faster than its predecessor. It supports USB 3.1 with USB-C, Quick Charge 4.0, Bluetooth 5 and a faster LTE modem. But in the KEY2, Blackberry may add the Snapdragon 660 which is the successor to the 653 chipsets.

The Snapdragon 660 is good for the KEY2 because it is more powerful than the previous generation chip. It offers flagship-level performance on a budget. Blackberry doesn’t directly compete with other flagship phones from competitors. To keep the price low, the Snapdragon 660 appears to be the best possible option. It is an octa-core process that includes four 2.2GHz cores and four 1.8GHz cores. If Blackberry uses it on the KEY2, the phone will likely have Adreno 512 GPU.

In a new listing posted by TENAA, the Blackberry KEY2 looks like how we expected. It has a dual camera setup, same design as the KEYone, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a 4.5-inch display. TENAA is the Chinese regulatory body that inspects mobile devices and certifies them. The phone recently got its FCC certification done and we got to see a similar design in leaked images.

One interesting piece of information suggests that Blackberry may launch two variants of the KEY2. The company may launch a variant with 6GB of RAM and another with 4GB. IF it happens, Blackberry will likely increase storage capacity on these two variants. The KEYone comes in 32GB/3GB and 64GB/4GB options. So it’s safe to assume that the KEY2 will come with more internal memory and RAM power. It could be possible with 128GB/6GB and 64GB/4GB variants.

The Blackberry KEY2 will keep all the other features of its predecessor. With a 4.5-inch screen, the phone will offer 1080 x 1620 display resolution. It will also have a dedicated microSD card slot to support up to 256GB of external memory. The device will run Android Oreo 8.1 and it will include Quick Charge 3.0 support for fast battery charging.

The Blackberry KEYone performed well last year and it is still one of the best Android phones to buy in 2018. Now when the company is all set to launch the Blackberry KEY2 in June, we expect the new phone to continue the trend with superior quality and faster performance.

Staff Writer; Corey Shaw

Have any Tech Tips? News? Hit up our Tech Guru at; CoreyS@ThyBlackMan.com


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One Response to “Blackberry KEY2 Is the True Successor to KEYone’s Legacy.”
  1. David Moore says:

    Glad to see Blackberry doing big things. I can remember the Blackberry bold days…

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