Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

BlackBerry Key2 pricing and specs leak ahead of announcement

BlackBerry Key2 pricing and specs leak ahead of announcement

The Key 2 is set to be officially unveiled on 7th June at an event in NY. The smartphone has an 8MP front-facing camera with the display acting as a flash for low-light selfies.

The BlackBerry KeyOne showed the secure smartphone company is still popular with keyboard fans. Although there does not seem to be many changes in terms of design, the smartphone still shows significant innovations, such as the presence of the fingerprint sensor.

Just yesterday we saw some official renders of the next Blackberry flagship, the KEY2, leaked by EvLeaks. Under the hood, the device will be powered by Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor bundled with 6GB of RAM.

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For shutterbugs, dual rear cameras with a combination of 12-megapixel primary sensor and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor are expected. Along with that, the right side of the frame looks like it'll be home to an extra button along with the volume rocker and power/wake button. In all likelihood, the unmarked button is customizable and can be assigned to features like camera.

Recently, two BlackBerry devices have been identified, both with Android 8.1 Oreo as an operating system. Recently, BlackBerry had already released a teaser where they revealed several details about the hardware structure of the product, including the dual camera.

Of course, nothing on this list can be taken as confirmed, but it comes from Evan Blass, who has a very good track record with leaks, so there's a good chance it's accurate - and it points to a phone that's significantly better than the BlackBerry KeyOne.

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Connectivity options will include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and USB 3.1 Type-C port. That's quite a steep price for what it packs, but then, it's the only phone from a major OEM coming with QWERTY keyboard on a smartphone. It will be one of the few devices to do so this year, and that's what makes it interesting to most.

In fact, we even know the likely price, as in a separate tweet Blass has claimed that it will cost $649 / £579 (around AU$1,015).

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