BlackBerry Key2 images and specs leaked ahead of imminent release date

BlackBerry Key2 images and specs leaked ahead of imminent release date

BlackBerry Key2 images and specs leaked ahead of imminent release date

To compare, the BlackBerry KEYone was launched in the U.S. a year ago at $549.

While BlackBerry Mobile prepares to take the wrappers off its KEY2 smartphone in NY on June 7, the company is also looking to host an event in China for a different unveiling in the Asian region.

Before the event, Evan Blass has published images and the specifications of the upcoming model confirming one of its main features, a physical QWERTY keyboard that made the brand famous, backlighting for use in dark places, 35-key touch screen, and built-in fingerprint reader.

The front camera is 8-megapixels and capable of 1080p video recording, the rear can record 4K video. As per the details revealed in the teaser, BlackBerry's new flagship device could come with a dual lens camera and a pre-installed Privacy Shade and a new app drawer shortcut.

The combination of a Snapdragon 660 SoC processor with a large 3,500 mAh battery may result in longer operating time on a full charge.

The back of the BlackBerry KEY2 also seems to have distinct diamond pattern for added grip for holding the smartphone. This itself has then been coupled with a very respectable 6GB of RAM alongside the choice of either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. The BlackBerry Key2 is expected to come with a 4.5-in along with 3:2 aspect ratio display with 433 PPI, and with the resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels, the display sorts a scratch-resistant glass protection which makes the phone scratch proof. Also, while I have your attention, Russell Holly wrote up a fantastic article on Android Central covering why he is excited about the BlackBerry KEY2, be sure to give that a look!

In fact, we even know the likely price, as in a separate tweet Blass has claimed that it will cost $649 / £579 (around AU$1,015). There's also a USB-C port on the bottom of the phone and a headphone jack up top.

Expect to hear more from BlackBerry on June 7 when the official Key2 launch is expected.

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