Review on new BlackBerry® KEY2, powered by Android.

Iconic Design

Deliberately crafted for doing more on the go, the BlackBerry® KEY2 offers a thinner and lighter design,

without sacrificing durability.

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Charge Less. Do More.

An impressive battery gives the BlackBerry® KEY2 up to 2 days battery life on a single charge.

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Our most intelligent keyboard ever

Featuring the all-new Speed Key that makes it possible to activate shortcuts to apps
and initiate actions from anywhere without returning to the homescreen or swiping endlessly.

keyboard - BlackBerry KEY2

First Dual Camera on a BlackBerry

Includes portrait mode and optical superzoom for greater control and image quality.

Privacy You Control

The most secure Android smartphone with enhanced security and privacy features built-in.

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BlackBerry® KEY2 Specifications

  • 100% Android™
  • Access to over a million apps on Google Play
  • First dual main camera BlackBerry smartphone
  • All new reimagined keyboard design
  • Up to 2 days battery life

Design

Size

Height 151.4mm
Width 71.8mm
Depth 8.5mm

Keyboard

Touch enabled 35 key backlit Physical Keyboard (QWERTY) with integrated fingerprint sensor

Weight

168g

Navigation

Touch screen, with touch sensitive keyboard

Dedicated keys

Volume Up/Down, Power Key (for Power On/Off), Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key (usable as Mute Key when on an active call )

Display

Resolution

433 PPI
1620 x 1080 IPS LCD
24-bit colour depth

Screen size

4.5” diagonal
3:2 aspect ratio

OS

Operating system

Android OS – 8.1 Oreo

Performance

Processor

Qualcomm® SDM 660, Kryo 260 Octa-Core 2.2 GHz x 4 + 1.8GHz x 4, 64-bit

Expandable memory

Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD
memory card (Up to 256GB)

Memory

  • 6GB RAM + 64GB Flash
  • compatible with 6GB RAM + 128 Flash

Ports

USB Type-C, USB 3.0, USB OTG

Power

Battery

3500 mAh (typical)

Compatible with USB Power Delivery 2.0 v1.2 & 9V2A 18W QC3.0 Chargers

Camera & video

Rear camera

Dual Camera 12M+12M with Dual Tone LED Flash
HDR, 4K video recording at 30 fps, Scan, Private Capture
12MP Fov 79.3°, Large Pixel – 1.28um, F1.8, Dual Phase Detect Auto Focus (Dual PDAF)
12MP Fov 50°, Pixel-1.0um,  F2.6, Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF)

Front camera

8MP Fixed Focus,
1080p video recording at 30 fps

Multimedia

Image supported formats

BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WEBP

Audio & video supported codes

MPEG-4, AAC+, AAC-LC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, DivX, EVRC, FLAC, H.263, H.264, H265/HEVC, MIDI, MP3, OPUS, PCM, QCELP, VORBIS, VP8, VP9, Xvid, eAAC+

Audio & video supported formats

3GP, 3G2, AAC, AVI, ADTS, AWB, DIVX, FLAC, IMY, MID, MKV, MP3, MPEG-4, MXMF, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WEBM, XMF

Streaming protocols

HTTP(S) Progressive Download, HTTP(S) Live Streaming (HLS) version 3, RTSP (RTP, SDP)

Pre-loaded Apps

BlackBerry Applications

BlackBerry® Keyboard, BlackBerry® Hub, BlackBerry® Hub+ Service, Calendar by BlackBerry®, Contacts by BlackBerry®,, Notes by BlackBerry®,, Tasks by BlackBerry®,, BBM®, DTEK  by BlackBerry®,, BlackBerry® Device Search, BlackBerry® Launcher, BlackBerry® Password Keeper™, BlackBerry® Power Center, BlackBerry® Productivity Tab, BlackBerry® Notable, BlackBerry® Privacy Shade

Android Applications

Google Chrome®, Gmail™, Google™, Google Maps™, YouTube™, Google Play™ Store, Google Drive™, Play Music, Play Movies, Duo, Phones, Play services & Core services, Google TTS, Android™ WebView, Widevine DRM, Google™Talkback, Google™ Docs, Google™ Sheets, Google™ Slides, Translate, Messages, News & Weather , Wallpaper

Other Applications

Downloads, BlackBerry® Camera, BlackBerry® Preview, Convenience Key, Phone, Setting, Battery Boost, Locker, FM Radio, BlackBerry® Content Transfer, BlackBerry® Help, Calculator, Sound Recorder, Setup Wizard, Support Center, Clock, File Manager

Alerts & notifications

Tone
Vibrate
On-screen or RGB LED indicator
(Some notification options are user configurable)

Networks & connectivity

Network bands

Model BBF100-1
FDD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32
(2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/700/850/800/850/700/1500)
TD-LTE 38, 39,40, 41 (2600/1900/2300/2500)
HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
3GPP release version:
-2G: Rel8
-3G: Rel9
-LTE: Rel11

Model BBF100-2
FDD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30, 66
(2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/700/700/800/700/700/WCS/AWS-3)
TD-LTE 38, 39, 40, 41 (2600/1900/2300/2500)
HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
3GPP release version:
-2G: Rel8
-3G: Rel9
-LTE: Rel11

Model BBF100-6 (Dual SIM version)
FDD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32
(2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/700/850/800/850/700/1500)
TD-LTE 38, 39, 40, 41 (2600/1900/2300/2500)
HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz)
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
3GPP release version:
-2G: Rel8
-3G: Rel9
-LTE: Rel11
-Dual SIM mechanism: DSDS and both SIM can be standby on 4g

Wi-Fi

802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
802.11 a/n 5GHz
802.11 ac 5GHz
4G Mobile Hotspot
Wi-Fi Direct

FM Radio

Supported

Bluetooth®

Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy (LE)

NFC

NFC technology is used to create a connection to share information between your BlackBerry device and other NFC-enabled devices or NFC tags. Features on KEYone that use NFC technology include Android Beam, Tap and Pay, and Tap and Go.

GPS

Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS
GLONAS
Beidou
Galileo
OTDOA
Preloaded with Google Maps

Sensors

Fingerprint (spacebar)
Accelerometer,
Magnetometer
Gyroscope
Proximity
Ambient Light
Hall Effect

Footnotes

  1. Many factors affect battery life including but not limited to network, transmission environment, battery age, usage, location software and feature configuration
  2. Please check with your service provider for availability
  3. Quick Charge tested in lab conditions
BlackBerry KEY2 - shell

Soft Shell

  • Fashioned from soft-touch, non-slip silicone that feels great in the hand
  • Securely fits your phone without added bulkiness
  • Reliable corner and back protection for your device
  • NFC-friendly
BlackBerry KEY2 - flipcase

FlipCase

  • Crafted from genuine textured leather
  • Full-coverage design and a superior microfiber lining securely protects your phone in style
  • A double card holder keeps your items accessible and safe
  • NFC-friendly

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