BlackBerry KEY2 Launched in India With Snapdragon 660, QWERTY Keypad at Rs. 42,990

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The BlackBerry KEY2 smartphone was first unveiled at a global event in the New York City last month. It succeeds last year’s surprisingly well-made BlackBerry KEYOne, and brings important improvements in certain areas such as processing power and camera. Now, the Optiemus Infracom Limited, which has a license to sell the BlackBerry-branded devices in India has launched the KEY2 in the country today.

The BlackBerry KEY 2 offers an aluminium alloy frame and a textured diamond grip back panel. It has a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display, physical QWERTY keyboard, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. Let’s find out the Blackberry KEY2’s price in India, availability, features, and specifications in detail.

BlackBerry KEY2: Price in India, Availability

The BlackBerry KEY2 comes in only Black, and it is priced at Rs. 42,990 in India. It will go on sale starting July 31 from Amazon.in. The smartphone comes bundled with Reliance Jio cashback offer of Rs. 4,450. On top of this, if you are an ICICI bank user, you can get a cashback of 5% along with additional launch benefits.

Given the current competition in India, and at the price at which the KEY2 has been launched, it can hardly compete with other phones in the price segment. By spending Rs 40,000 or less, you can get the OnePlus 6 (Review) or the Asus Zenfone 5Z (Review), both of which offer flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and OIS-equipped dual camera setups at a lower price.

BlackBerry KEY2: Features, Specifications

The BlackBerry KEY2 sports a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with FHD+ resolution (1620×1080 pixels), 433ppi pixel density, and 3:2 aspect ratio. The screen is covered by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel to prevent it from scratches and scuffs. The phone’s body is made using Series 7000 Aluminium frame, and the rear of the phone has a textured diamond grip to save it from slipping away. Each key on the QWERTY keyboard supports three actions: single-press, double-press, and long-press. Double-press and long-press actions are customisable, and can be assigned by the user.

The smartphone is powered by the mid-tier, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, which features a 2.2GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 512 GPU. There is 6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for storage expansion by up to an additional 2TB. The BlackBerry KEY2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with mostly stock user interface. The phone’s spacebar key has an embedded fingerprint reader in it, similar to the phone’s predecessor. Apart from this, there’s also a unique, customisable Speed Key which allows you to open any assigned.

In terms of camera capabilities, the BlackBerry KEY2 is the first dual-camera smartphone from the company. It features dual-12MP camera setup at the rear. The primary, 12MP camera has f/1.8 aperture, 1.14µm pixels, Dual-Pixel PDAF, and a 79.3-degree wide-angle lens. The secondary, 12MP sensor has f/2.6 aperture, 1.0µm pixels, and a 50-degree telephoto lens. There’s 4K video recording and dual-tone LED flash. At the front, the KEY2 has an 8MP camera with support for 1080p video recording.

Connectivity-wise the phone ships with a dual-SIM card support, 4G LTE+VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB 3.0 Type-C port, FM Radio, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone is powered by a 3360mAh battery which also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for faster charging. The company claims that the phone can last more than 25 hours with mixed usage.

BlackBerry KEY2: The Competition

The BlackBerry KEY2 looks like a DOA (dead on arrival) product for the Indian market due to its high price tag. At the same price (or even lower), users can buy the OnePlus 6, which not only has an AMOLED screen, but also more RAM and an OIS-equipped dual-camera setup with 4K video recording at 60fps.

Alternatively, users can also have a look at the ASUS Zenfone 5Z and the Honor 10 (Review), both of which offer flagship-grade processors and dual-camera setups.