BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition Hands-On new color option is now available in the U.S. for $699.99
W hen the BlackBerry KEY2 was initially introduced, you had the choice of black or silver, but now, BlackBerry Mobile has added another splash of color to the mix by introducing the Red Edition. Alongside the deep red Series 7 Aluminum frame, the Red Edition BlackBerry KEY2 retains its black accents while internal storage sits at 128GB .
Brands often turn to new color options as a means of reviving interest in an aging device, and that’s exactly what TCL is doing today. The BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is now up for sale on Amazon for $699, with the phone offering 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
- Redesigned smart keyboard with speed key, touch navigation, flick typing for faster predictive text, customizable shortcuts and embedded fingerprint sensor
- Durable Series 7 aluminum alloy frame, textured diamond grip non-slip back, impact-resistant frame with stunning 4. 5-inch touch screen display with Corning Gorilla glass protection
- 6GB RAM/128GB ROM, micro SD (up to 256GB), 3500 mash battery with quick charge 3. 0; powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with faster LTE for Super-fast file sharing
- 100% Android with latest Android 8. 1 Oreo with access to over a million apps and services from Google play, GSM Unlocked (AT&T, T-Mobile), DTEK by BlackBerry security monitoring
- 12MP + 12MP dual real camera with dual tone LED flash, portrait mode, optical superzoom, 4K video recording; 8MP fixed focus front camera with selfie flash, 1080p video recording.
The bold color definitely provides added flair to the KEY2, and round the back you get a diamond patterned finish that makes it easier to hold the device. The overall effect is quite stunning, as you can make out in the photos below.
There’s a fingerprint sensor built into the spacebar on the keyboard, and you also get a 3.5mm jack. The KEY2 Red Edition runs Oreo out of the box — inexcusable for a phone launching in Q2 2019 — but you do get monthly security updates and BlackBerry’s DTEK security suite. The $700 asking price is a lot for a phone that launched ten months ago, but if you’re looking for a physical keyboard, there really isn’t any other option available today.