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BlackBerry KEY2 Update; Specs, Launch date, Teaser video and more

BlackBerry KEY2 with dual camera and a mysterious button

So Blackberry is going to follow up the release of keyOne with a new device after revealing it will be releasing 2 smartphones before the end of the year. This one’s code-named keyTwo.

Blackberry KeyTwo has been drawing a lot of attention lately especially with the release of a teaser video. It’s a dual rear camera smartphone with a physical keyboard just like in keyOne but then, there are some notable differences. The KeyOne launched in London in April 2017, so it’ll be a full 14-month gap till the Key2 is unveiled in New York on 7 June. If you want a physical keyboard on a slim, secure Android device, this looks like your only option. After a long spell of absence in the smartphone market, Blackberry announced a comeback with the DTEK60 and DTEK70

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Blackberry KEY2 Rumoured specs

The teaser video appears to confirm older leaks suggesting little has changed between the KeyOne and the KeyTwo in terms of design. But there have been some been some software updates according to TechGenYZ.

Blackberry KEY2 Design

Some parts of the design have been tightened up — the top bezel has been shrunk and made less prominent, and the screen now has a gentle curve. The one noticeable difference is an extra button on the right-hand side of the phone.

BlackBerry Key2 - keytwo
Image: Slashleaks

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There is a QWERTY keyboard present on the phone, and it seems that the fingerprint-scanning space bar is back. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top (yes!), and a USB-C connection at the bottom. Renders of the back show a dual-camera system — Blackberry’s first — as well as the rubberized back panel we saw on the KeyOne. These renders seem like fairly safe bets, and we’re willing to bet they’re probably not far off the final design.

Blackberry KEY2 Software and Performance

According to TechGenYZ, the KeyTwo will come with the lower-powered Snapdragon 660 (compared to the latest Snapdragon 845 we expect to see in most 2018 flagships) but will be paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. A large amount of RAM should assist the phone in handling multiple tasks at the same time — which meets expectations for a phone intended for enterprise users.

Although no other BlackBerry phone has received the Oreo update yet, it looks like the upcoming KeyTwo will ship with Android Oreo 8.1.

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How much will the BlackBerry KeyTwo cost?

This is harder to call. The standard KeyOne retails for £499/$49. We expect the Key2 to cost at least £599/$599 given the probable hike in internal specs.

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