Meet the BlackBerry KEY2 (Video)

No, the TCL-operated BlackBerry Mobile enterprise is not joining the war against bezels, and the hot new KEY2 handset is not trying to ride the wave of Apple’s (moderate) iPhone X success with a screen cutout of any sort either.

Instead, this 4.5-inch display is paired with a retro QWERTY keyboard, upper mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor and security-enhanced Android 8.1 software for top-notch mobile productivity.

Our first impression of the BlackBerry KEY2 is that the “reborn icon” comes with just the right amount of design refinements and performance upgrades over the well-reviewed KEYone.

The more robust, versatile and comfortable physical keyboard almost looks like a Bold 9900 throwback, which is obviously a good thing, while the overall build quality simply feels better.

The user interface is as minimalistic and practical as you’d expect, including a fundamentally revised DTEK app and a bunch of other proprietary services that actually improve the UX in many meaningful ways.

Of course, we’ll need to spend significantly more time testing the BlackBerry KEY2 before deeming it a hit, but until that in-depth review is done, we must admit we have a very good feeling about this bad boy. It’s not a radical redesign or a full-fledged flagship device, but it appears to have plenty going for it to more than justify that $649 price.

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Adrian Diaconescu
Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).