Blackberry KEY2 Full Review – Great Battery Life, Display and Keyboard

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After a great success with the BlackBerry KEY1, the firm introduced the next generation smartphone Blackberry KEY2. Yeah! You heard it right. The all new Blackberry KEY2 elegantly crafted with sleek Aluminium body leaving behind a sparkling impression. The phone is designed with a dual camera set up which is the first yet the best creation from the BlackBerry. The 8 MP dual camera makes with LCD display flash makes it perfect for you to click your cool selfies in low lighting conditions as well. Featured with the portrait mode and the optical superzoom setup, the phone gives its image quality.

Blackberry is always known for its keyboard and the software. Inaugurating its latest software with a 7000 series keyboard makes the BlackBerry KEY2 stand out from the crowd. Before we unveil about the BlackBerry KEY2, it is important to know that the newest Blackberry devices are not manufactured by the iconic Canadian Company but rather are developed by the Noida based Optimus Infracomwhich has a long-term licensing deal with the BlackBerry. Feel the thrill of F1 racing with the uniquely powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor which enables us to faster yet smoother performance. Huge internal storage of 64 GB makes it possible for you to store a lot of movies, music, videos and more without any mess.

 

Artistically designed, the BlackBerry KEY2 offers a thinner and lighter design without compromising with durability. An impeccable battery backup offers usage of 2 days on a single charge. Isn’t that amazing. Further introducing the all-new speed key that makes it possible to activate the shortcut keys for different applications so that you can get into any of the application without returning to the home screen. That’s quite impressive!!

So basically, from a user point of view, the phone enhances all the qualities that we were trying to find out in other expensive phones. And yes! It doesn’t run the BlackBerry software but the latest Android software which is rather awesome for the users who don’t want to shift from the Android platform.

Here is everything you need to know about the all-new BlackBerry KEY2:

Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
Display 4.5-inch, 1620×1080
IPS LCD
434ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
4x Kryo 2.2GHz, 1.8GHz
Adreno 512 GPU
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB / 128GB
Expandable microSD up to 2TB
Rear Camera 1 12MP (1.3 microns) ƒ/1.8
laser+phase autofocus
dual-tone LED flash
Rear Camera 2 12MP (1 micron) ƒ/2.6
2x optical zoom
portrait mode
Video 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps
HDR
Front Camera 8MP
fixed-focus
1080p/30 video
Battery 3500 mAh
non-removable
Charging Quick Charge 3.0
USB-C
Water resistance No
Headphone jack Yes
Security Front-facing fingerprint sensor (in keyboard)
DTEK security suite
FIPS 140-2 Full Disk Encryption
Android For Work, Google Play for Work
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 5GHz, Bluetooth 5 + LE, NFC
GPS, GLONASS
Network (NA GSM) LTE Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30, 66
TD-LTE Band 38, 39, 40, 41
Dimensions 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight 168 g
Price  ₹44000, $649 USD, €649, £579, $829 CAD

 

KEY2 Battery Life Test

Nowadays, everyone is looking forward to a good battery backup. It simply means that the time included for charging should be less where the usage in that charging quantity should be more. And hence, considering this fact, the blackberry offers a 3500 mAh battery with a charging speed of 2 hours from 0 to 100% which lasts for almost 2 days. Battery endurance is of 86 hours and it has quick charge support with 47% of charge in just 30 minutes.

KEY2 Display Quality

The 4.5 inch LCD IPS screen display is totally safe in the hand of Corning Gorilla glass 3 which offers a break-proof experience which is the most essential in any smartphone. The 1620×1020p resolution screen displays a clear-cut perfect quality image. The IPS display with 3:2 aspect ratio makes difficult to watch videos which offer only 4:3 or 16:9 resolution. Sun readability is fair and gets decently bright in direct sunlight. Swipe from the right and you it will show you the blackberry hub.

KEY2 Performance and Speed

Performance has improved over the last handset, things have become smoother and quick, the hardware has changed to Snapdragon 660 bundled with 6 GB of RAM for better multitasking. Games run perfectly fine. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core processor pairs up with the Adreno 512 GPU to offer you a smooth gaming experience without increasing the device temperature. The conventional 6GB RAM encounters a lag free experience and faster performance with minimal loading time. The lustrous aluminum frame with the smooth rubber finish at the back gives out a premium feel.

KEY2 Camera Performance

Following up with the ongoing trend, the KEY2 is the first BlackBerry smartphone with a dual camera setup which offers a 2x optical zoom and portrait mode as well for clear high-end pictures. The smartphone features a pair of 12MP snappers with a f/1.8 aperture for the primary camera and a f/2.6 aperture for the telephoto lens. But nothing is always perfect. Even the moon has dark spots. Similarly to that, the BlackBerry KEY2 doesn’t feature the optical image stabilization. The portrait mode delivers sharper images with perfectly blurred background. The images are noise free, colorful and well balanced. However, the camera struggles during low light conditions. The 8 MP front facing camera clicks better selfies. The LCD Display flash enables you to click awesome selfies in low lighting conditions as well. Overall, the as of the first experience, the camera quality can’t be compared with the OnePlus 6 and iPhone X. But yes! It has done a great job and is always better than the single snappers BlackBerry KEY1. Dynamic range is not up to the mark and there is some noise in most of the pictures clicked with this smartphone, colors are bit saturated and contrast is high. Turning the HDR mode gives the picture a soft color. The video offers 4k with 30 FPS and 1080 with 60 FPS with no EIS or OIS but it has that inbuild video stabilization software which can be only used with 1080 resolution, it’s recommended to use a tripod in 4k to get a little bit of stabilization.

 

KEY2 Unique features

The unique features about this smartphone are the keyboard which has 52 shortcuts available that means we can assign different shortcuts to every button on the keyboard plus the dedicated button on the right also offer a different shortcut to different apps on the phone. And the other is the Boost Mode which we can use while charging which give an extra boost to the charging strength. The fingerprint sensor is fastest enough yet accurate to detect your fingerprints within a fraction of seconds. The BlackBerry KEY2 is slimmer, lighter and has a mature design. Handle it for once and you would wonder whether this phone really belongs to this generation. The fingerprint sensor managed over the space bar button of the keyboard just feels amazing.

KEY2 Overall Experience

The BlackBerry KEY2  is a fabulous phone and offers all the features that you would expect from a premium BlackBerry phone. The BlackBerry KEY2 is suitable for specified users who have owned a BlackBerry smartphone before and prefer using a phone with a physical keyboard. If you are eager to buy a smartphone with a physical keyboard, right now BlackBerry KEY2 will be the best option available in the market. At ₹44000, the Key2 is an awesome choice and will always be an honor for the BlackBerry fans at the moment.