If you’re a smartphone fan, but you miss the feel of a physical keyboard, then the BlackBerry KEY2 is the handset for you. Brand new for 2018, the BlackBerry KEY2 is a brilliant phone packed with amazing specs, a slick design and of course that iconic QWERTY keyboard.

Curious to know what else the BlackBerry KEY2 has to offer? Discover everything you need to know right here.

BlackBerry KEY2 Design

Created with a smart aluminium alloy frame, the BlackBerry KEY2 is a professional, sleek-looking device. Measuring a handy 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5mm and weighing just 168g, it's super comfortable to hold. Thanks to the expertly designed non-slip, diamond grip back, you won’t have to worry about accidentally dropping the device either.

Unlike a huge majority of Android handsets on the market right now, the BlackBerry KEY2 boasts a physical keyboard alongside its touchscreen. An iconic feature made popular by previous devices, BlackBerry fans are sure to love its inclusion. Reimagined for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEY2 keyboard is now touch enabled and has an integrated fingerprint sensor. Thanks to SpeedKey, you can customise individual keys to create shortcuts for opening apps or initiating certain actions.

BlackBerry KEY2 Display

While the QWERTY keyboard is located under the display, the BlackBerry KEY2 still boasts an impressive 4.5-inch screen. With a 1080 x 1620 resolution and an aspect ratio of 3:2, it’s just as suited to viewing films and editing photos as it is to handling emails. Detailed with rich, true-to-life colours, you’re sure to enjoy the BlackBerry KEY2 whether you use it for work or as your everyday device.

The responsive touchscreen is protected by reliable Corning Gorilla Glass. An extra layer of protection against scratches, spills and drops - BlackBerry has ensured its latest device is strong and sturdy as well as stylish.

BlackBerry KEY2 Camera

The first ever BlackBerry dual-lens camera makes an appearance on the BlackBerry KEY2. At 12MP, you can guarantee fantastic shots even in difficult conditions and that extra lens means achieving a blurred background effect (known to the pros as bokeh) is possible with one tap using Portrait Mode. There’s optical superzoom too, if you fancy getting closer to the action. Need to take a video? You can, in ultra-defined 4K.

As for the front-facing camera, it comes in at a generous 8MP. That's plenty of megapixels to take a defined shot with your mates, and thanks to Selfie Flash you'll always be able to capture your best side no matter where you are.

BlackBerry KEY2 Power

No longer running the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry handsets are now powered by Android. You’ll find the latest operating system, Android Oreo 8.1, already installed on the BlackBerry KEY2, which runs smoothly thanks to the whopping 6GB RAM and speedy octa-core processor.

Under the hood you’ll also find 64GB of storage space. Not sure if that’s enough? Whether you love shooting videos in 4K or simply can’t stop taking photos, you’ll be able to expand up to a maximum of 256GB with a MicroSD card. As for the battery, BlackBerry promises up to 2 days of power from a single charge of the 3,500 mAh non-removable battery, and you can take advantage of the fast-charge feature which offers 50% power in just 36 minutes.

BlackBerry KEY2 Features

Powered by Android, you'll find a bunch of great apps pre-loaded on the BlackBerry KEY2. Alongside the Google Play store, you'll have instant access to Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps and so much more.

Of course, that's not to say BlackBerry's iconic software has been removed. The BlackBerry Hub will be your one-stop shop for messages, integrating notifications from your favourite services like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter in one place. BBM resides here too, and two of its most popular features (Timer and Retract) are now free for all users. Want to set a time limit on how long a message can be read for? Use Timer. Prefer to remove a message completely? Retract can wipe it from the thread for you.

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