BlackBerry KEY2 review: Features | Pricing | Specifications

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The BlackBerry KEY2 is a mid-range phone at a premium price, and even if you're a keyboard fan, you can do better.

4.5 inches

Display size

1080 x 1620px

64GB, 128GB

Internal storage

12MP + 12MP

Rear camera

3,500 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 4.5 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1620
Pixels per inch (PPI) 433
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size 1.8 + 2.6
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 151.4mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm
Weight 168g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 11
Processor Snapdragon 660
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

128GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$1,190
Launch date2019-06
BlackBerry KEY2


The BlackBerry KEY2 has the one key feature that anyone looking for a BlackBerry is going to seek out, because it's still rocking a physical keyboard. It's the best reason to buy the KEY2, but it's otherwise overpriced for mediocre specifications and performance. If you absolutely must have a keyboard, consider the much cheaper BlackBerry KEY2 LE.

Design

  • Keyboard stands out.
  • Small display.
  • Convenience key.
  • Headphone jack.
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Camera

  • Dual lens camera is a first for BlackBerry.
  • Fine for basic photos.
  • Poor low light performance.
BlackBerry KEY2 Camera

Performance

  • Snapdragon 660 isn't what you'd expect at this price.
  • Productivity shortcuts are nice.
  • Still stuck on Android 8.1.
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Battery life

  • 3,500mAh battery provides an easy day's battery life.
  • Lacks wireless charging.
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Verdict

  • Skip the Key2 and buy the KEY2 LE instead if you must have a keyboard.
BlackBerry KEY2

Pricing and availability

BlackBerry KEY2

A phone for those who like tapping on a keyboard

The BlackBerry KEY2 gives you that iconic BlackBerry keyboard, alongside security features you won't find in any other phone.

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The BlackBerry KEY2 sells in Australia for $1,190 through Amazon. There's a premium model, the BlackBerry KEY2, which ups the internal storage to 128GB for an outright cost of $1,390.

There's also the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, which is the budget model. That phone will set you back $799, and it cuts down the processor and camera capabilities in return.

It's been a very long while since we've seen a BlackBerry available on contract terms through any Australian carrier. If you want one, you'll have to buy it outright.

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BlackBerry KEY2 specifications

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 4.5 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1620
Pixels per inch (PPI) 433
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size 1.8 + 2.6
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 151.4mm x 71.8mm x 8.5mm
Weight 168g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 11
Processor Snapdragon 660
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

128GB

External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
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