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Ouch! BlackBerry Key2 specs laid bare a day before launch

Leaks suggest a dual camera setup and a Snapdragon 660 chipset, but the price might be a shocker...

Published onJune 6, 2018

A purportedly leaked BlackBerry Key2 render.
  • The BlackBerry Key2 is due to launch tomorrow, but specs have purportedly leaked online.
  • The phone is expected to offer a Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and a 3,500mAh battery.
  • As per previous leaks, we also see a dual-camera setup and QWERTY keyboard.

Back in April, China’s TENAA telecoms authority revealed a few BlackBerry Key2 specs and renders. Now, the entire spec sheet has been revealed. The information comes via serial leaker Evan Blass, who also tweeted a few renders of the handset.

True to the TENAA images, the new pictures show a similar keyboard-equipped design to the BlackBerry KeyOne and a dual-camera setup. More specifically, the spec sheet points to a virtually identical 4.5-inch 1,620 x 1,080 IPS LCD screen and, yes, a fingerprint scanner in the spacebar. That KeyOne DNA seems to be present here.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 4, 2018

We also see a 12MP f/1.8 1.25 micron pixel main camera, and a 12MP f/2.6 1.0 micron pixel secondary camera. The latter camera’s much smaller aperture suggests a telephoto snapper.

Shifting to the power department, the BlackBerry Key2 leak mentions a more powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB/128GB of expandable storage. Toss in a 3,500mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and the phone could have better than average endurance.

full BlackBerry KEY2 specs
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 6, 2018

Those looking for a 3.5mm headphone jack might be relieved to know that the leak indeed references the port. Otherwise, an 8MP selfie camera, Android 8.1, USB Type-C support, and Bluetooth 5.0 round out the list of apparent features.

Blass also claims a price tag of $649/579 pounds/649 euros. If confirmed, this would make for a massive increase over the KeyOne’s $549/499 pound/599 euro launch price.

What do you think of the claimed BlackBerry Key2 specs? Know of any other great phones in this price bracket? Let us know in the comments section below.

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