BlackBerry phones aren’t as popular as it used to be. BlackBerry, once the leader of the phone industry before the smartphone era is now a long forgotten name. But after a long hiatus, the brand is looking for a comeback. It launched its flagship phone KeyOne in 2017 with a physical keyboard to much critical acclaim. They followed it up with the Key2 which has also been applauded for giving the customers a unique experience. Now, BlackBerry is bringing the Key2 to Nepal.
BlackBerry Key 2 looks professional and well built and has a 4.5 inches 1080 x 1620 IPS LCD panel. While that is small by today’s standards, the phone itself is not that small because of the physical keyboard that’s underneath the display.
The first thing that people will notice when they look at this phone is the physical keyboard. BlackBerry was synonymous with amazing keyboard experience in their phones. That was the reason why many executives and professionals used this phone as a daily driver. The good news is that many reviewers have said that the keyboard is just as good as it used to be. And it is even more useful. The keys are touch sensitive meaning that you can scroll through your Facebook feed without touching the screen by scrolling on your keyboard. The long press of keys can be used as a shortcut to launch a particular app from anywhere.
BlackBerry Key 2 Specifications
- Display: 4.5 inches Super-AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Resolution: 1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~434 ppi density)
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
- GPU: Adreno 512
- Memory: 6 GB RAM, 64GB/128GB (expandable up to 256GB using microSD card)
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- Primary Camera: 12 MP, f/1.8; 12 MP, f/2.6, PDAF
- Secondary Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0
- Battery: Non-removable Li-ion 3500 mAh battery
- Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BlackBerry Key 2 Price in Nepal: Rs. 75,000
On the inside, sadly, BlackBerry doesn’t grace the phone with the Snapdragon 800 series processor. Instead, it went with a midrange one. But the phone doesn’t feel slow at all. It still does multitasking well, thanks in part to the 6GB RAM. And I don’t think people who want to play PUBG would want to buy this phone because the form factor itself is a barrier. This phone is suited for business professionals who loved their BlackBerries of yore.
Till now, we have been singing praises of the Key 2. But there’s one thing in this otherwise good phone that makes this not that recommendable for its price. This phone has terrible cameras. Yes, not decent, not good enough, just terrible. They blow out the highlights too much, selfies are too soft. Had the cameras been good, this phone would have been a gem. But in its current form, we don’t think anyone would want to buy this phone for the price other than the most extreme BlackBerry diehards. Sorry, BlackBerry. But I am rooting for the BlackBerry Key3 to solve these problems and make Blackberry great again.