Brightstar Malaysia just lift of the cover for the BlackBerry KEY2, the latest Android device from BlackBerry, which is also the successor to the Keyone which was introduced last year. Malaysia is the first country in South East Asia to get the BlackBerry KEY2. The BlackBerry brand is all about productivity and privacy, which is what the KEY2 is designed for.
Looks wise, the KEY2 can be easily recognisable as a BlackBerry device, from the front of the device alone. The display is of a 3:2 display ratio, measuring at 4.5-inches, with 1620 X 1080 resolution. The Android controls below that are not on-screen. Then, we have the signature 35-key physical QWERTY keyboard below that, with touch and dynamic backlight enabled and a fingerprint reader embedded into its keyboard. The keys are now 20% larger than its predecessor. There’s also a “speed” key on the bottom right of the keyboard, which you can assign shortcuts to it.
BlackBerry is all about focusing on getting things done quick, which is why apart from the volume and power buttons, there’s also a programmable convenience key towards the right of the device. The KEY2 retains the usual ports – a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port for charging and data transfer.
The back panel consists of diamond-patterned non-slip grippy surface. The KEY2 is also the first device from BlackBerry that features a dual-camera setup, which consists of a pair of 12-megapixel sensors. There’s also Dual-Tone LED flash, and supports video recording up to 4K. As for front-facing camera, there’s an 8-megapixel sensor.
The KEY2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor, paired with 6GB of RAM. Our market only receives the model with 64GB of internal storage, as opposed to 128GB of storage available for other markets. The KEY2 continues to support microSD card for storage expansion, and it will take cards up to 256GB. There’s also a built-in 3500mAh battery, which BlackBerry claims up to 2 days of battery life. It also supports Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 quick-charging system. The model that we got here also comes with dual-SIM functionality.
A standard Android 8.1 Oreo software comes with the KEY2, with lots of BlackBerry touches all around. All the usual BlackBerry bits continue to present in the KEY2 – which includes BlackBerry Hub, DTEK, password keeper, support for convenience key and much more. BlackBerry continues to claim that the KEY2 is the most secure Android device out there, and its all about the user’s security and privacy.
The KEY2 will be available in Malaysia starting 12th July 2018, and will be retailed at RM2599. You can get your KEY2 from resellers of Brightstar Distribution Sdn Bhd, or online from Blackberry’s official store on Shopee.
Shopee will also be running a Shocking Sale on 12th July 2018 at 9:00am in conjunction with the phone’s launch, where limited units of the phone will only go for RM2449, and they will throw in a Bluetooth headset which valued at RM109 for free.
Check-out our BlackBerry KEY2 Hands-on Gallery: