On its way to Canadian soil is BlackBerry’s newest smartphone, the BlackBerry KEY2. Like its predecessor, the BlackBerry KEYone, the device comes with noticeable upgrades including a better keyboard, stronger processor, more RAM and a dual camera—although at a hefty price of $829.99 CAD.
But what about the features? To start, this bad boy is loaded with a Snapdragon 660 processor and a 3500mAh battery which allows full-day usage; it also comes with twice the memory at 6 GB of RAM as opposed to the KEYone’s 3 GB. This means that most of your high-demanding apps and programs or games will run with ease. Mind you, the processor itself is still inferior to that of other competing phones like the iPhone X and the Huawei P20 Pro.
Akin to its name, the BlackBerry KEY2’s keyboard is a significant piece of its design and defies the logic of being outdated. It includes keys that are nearly 20 percent larger than the KEYone, allowing you to feel the joy of the little clicks as you press down on physical keys. Its power button has also moved to the right side of the phone so that users don't accidentally shut it off during the heat of rapid texting. A new “Speed Key” has been added in place of the Shift option, which allows the user to map shortcuts and access applications directly from the keyboard.
It might also be interesting to note that BlackBerry phones typically come with some of their own apps, yet most of these are useless and have been replaced by modern apps like Facebook Messenger and whatever else you can scrape for free from the Google Store.
There’s also a second 12MP camera that provides a decent photography experience, but again pails in comparison to bigger phones like the P20 Pro, iPhone X or Galaxy S9+. It does however, have video recording at 4K and 1080p between 30 or 60 fps. The phone also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack for all of those Spotify enthusiasts who've yet to upgrade to bluetooth headphones.
The BlackBerry KEY2 drops later this week and will be available from Telus, Bell, Rogers and Sasktel. Read more about it on BlackBerry's site.