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When you see folks lining up outside a venue in New York City, you stop and take notice since this is the city where big things happen. All the more exciting when it’s a technology announcement.
Blackberry’s global execs were in new York for the announcement, touting Blackberry’s high security and privacy, plus some changes to the previous KEY 1’s design.
The keyboard is definitely the big story from today’s announcement. With larger keys than the KEYone, and a new matte key finish, the KEY2 is set to give you a more comfortable and accurate typing experience. The keyboard is 20% larger while retaining much of the existing screen size. The keys are also raised ever so slightly higher than the KEYone, meaning they’re a bit easier to type on. The keyboard gives you a built-in hidden fingerprint scanner for security, making access convenient and easy.
Also now part of the keyboard is something called the Speed Key, which gives users fast shortcut access to any app you want. No longer do you need to head back to the home screen to access favourite apps. You’re supposed to be able to just press Speed Key along with any of your up to 52 chosen customizable shortcuts. I’ll be interested to test this out once the phone is released in June 2018.
Improvements have also come to the camera on the new KEY2. For the first time ever on a Blackberry, a dual rear 12 mp camera lets you take more beautiful photos, particularly when using new Portrait mode. We snapped a few shots , and the quality improvement is immediately noticeable.
Two days of battery life with BlackBerry KEY2
Blackberry lately is known for its long battery life, and the trend continues with the KEY2. Boasting up to two days of battery life, it’s astounding how long you can go between charges.
BlackBerry KEY2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, has 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage, and it runs the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.
Blackberry KEY2 is available in June in all black and silver& black for a price of $829 CAD.