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BlackBerry KEY2 (BBF100-1)
BlackBerry KEY2 black bottom
BlackBerry KEY2 black left side
BlackBerry KEY2 black back
BlackBerry KEY2 black right side
BlackBerry KEY2 black top
BlackBerry KEY2 black front right side
BlackBerry KEY2 silver front right side
BlackBerry KEY2 silver back

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BlackBerry KEY2 product details

The BlackBerry KEY2 is a further development of the KEYone from 2017. The housing has remained the same except for some details and the complete keyboard is still present. Yet there are differences, large and small that are worth discussing.

20% larger keys

BlackBerry hasn't released phones itself for some time now and this KEY2 wasn't made by the Canadian company either. TCL designed it and screwed it together. Many people won't know that company, but it is one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world, of course from China. So you don't have to worry about the soundness of the KEY2. Renewal can be found in the keyboard, but with 20% larger keys you're less likely to be wrong. On top of that, there's an extra button; the Speed Key. This allows you to create shortcuts, up to 52 different ones. Apps, for example, open without having to return to the home screen each time.

Main BlackBerry KEY2 specifications

  • 4.5 inch screen with 4:3 ratio
  • Double 12-megapixel camera with portrait mode and 2x optical zoom
  • Backlit keyboard, gestures and fingerprint recognition
  • Reasonably high 8 megapixel selfie camera with screen flash
  • Support for fast 4G Internet on the go
  • 64GB of storage (expandable up to 256GB)
  • Not a high-end processor (Snapdragon 660), but with decent 6GB of RAM memory

First with dual camera

The BlackBerry KEY2 differs in appearance at least from its predecessor, one thing is completely different and that is the camera on the back. The KEY2 is the first BlackBerry with a double camera. There are two 12 megapixel cameras that can detect depth. The software can then blur backgrounds, which results in beautiful portraits where the subject stands out, as it were. Thanks to the 2nd camera it is also possible to bring objects up to 2x closer. Phones with a single camera can only zoom in digitally, which always results in a loss of quality. The zoom on the BlackBerry KEY2 is optical and then you keep the sharpness and detail.

BlackBerry KEY2 black front right side

Extra security and privacy

As we are used to from BlackBerry, this KEY2 also runs on Android, at the time of release version 8.1 Oreo. However, what distinguishes him from other Android phones is the presence of additional BlackBerry software. Think of DTEK; a package of apps that make him safer and more privacy conscious. It all happens in the background without you even knowing it. The BlackBerry KEY2 is made from a block of Series 7 aluminum with a non-slip back with a diamond pattern. This makes it less likely to accidentally slip out of your hands. For phone calls, the KEY2 has a large battery, especially considering the not overly large screen, which makes it easy to have two days of stamina. Forgetting to recharge one night isn't the end of your working day.

Pro and cons BlackBerry KEY2

  • Dual camera with zoom and portrait mode
  • Battery life of 2 days
  • Extra safe with more privacy
  • Full keyboard with 20% larger buttons
  • High price considering the specs

Most important BlackBerry KEY2 specifications

Dimensions 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm
Item ID BBF100-1
Codename BlackBerry Athena
EAN code 4894461766706, 4894461766690, 4894461766683
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 8.1
Color display 4.5 inch, IPS
Camera 12 MP, 12 MP, dual camera sensor
Processor 1.8 GHz, 2.2 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa core
Secondary camera 8 MP
Data network
4G (LTE)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 6 GB (Size (RAM)), 64 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 3500 mAh
Fast charging

All BlackBerry KEY2 specifications

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Alternatives of the BlackBerry KEY2

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BlackBerry KEY2 (BBF100-1)
Samsung Galaxy S21 (G991)
Samsung Galaxy S9+ (G965)
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (A536)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (F700)

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 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Android8.1118.0 (Oreo)1210
Color display4.5 inch, IPS6.2 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.2 inch, Infinity Super AMOLED Quad HD+6.5 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.7 inch, Infinity Flex Display, hole-punch display
Camera12 MP, 12 MP, dual camera sensor12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP12.2 MP, dual camera sensor12 MP, 5 MP, 5 MP, 64 MP12 MP, 12 MP, dual camera sensor
Processor1.8 GHz, 2.2 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa core2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, 2.9 GHz, Samsung Exynos 2100, octa core1.7 GHz, 2.8 GHz, Samsung Exynos 9810, octa core2.0 GHz, 2.4 GHz, octa core2.95 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, octa core
Secondary camera8 MP10 MP8 MP32 MP10 MP
4G (LTE)
Internal memory6 GB (Size (RAM)), 64 GB (Storage)8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)6 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)6 GB (Size (RAM)), 8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)8 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage)
Battery3500 mAh4000 mAh3500 mAh5000 mAh3300 mAh
Fast charging

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