BlackBerry KEY2 launches in India with enhanced security and optics

Optiemus Infracom, BlackBerry

Optiemus Infracom, the BlackBerry brand licensee, today unveiled the newest keyboard-based handset for the India market, the BlackBerry KEY2. The device boasts the best of BlackBerry’s software and security, underlining Optiemus Infracom’s commitment to deliver high-quality smartphones that offer ultimate productivity to customers in the country.

Optiemus Infracom is manufacturing the BlackBerry KEY2 for Indian customers locally at its world-class facility at Noida, further strengthening the company’s support of the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative. Sporting the latest Android 8.1 Oreo Operating System and an impressive camera, the BlackBerry KEY2 is a powerful smartphone built for people who demand a more private, more secure, and safer experience and next-level productivity.

The BlackBerry KEY2 is housed in a sturdy and sleek aluminum frame with a soft textured back for extra grip and comfort. It has a 4.5-inch touch display featuring impact and scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 offering the best in resilience and durability. The keyboard has been shaped to make typing effortless, and includes in-keyboard fingerprint sensor with updated mechanics for an improved tactile response and convenient user experience.

The KEY2 comes with the enhanced security features that BlackBerry is known for, including the pre-loaded DTEK by BlackBerry app. This enables users to automatically view how apps may be accessing personal data and manage permissions appropriately. Another pre-loaded app, Locker, is all about personal privacy control. This can only be accessed through fingerprint or password, helping store and protect sensitive user data, apps and content such as photos and downloaded files.

The BlackBerry KEY2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Kryo 260 Octa-Core 2.2 GHz x 4 + 1.8GHz x 4, 64-bit and 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM expandable up to 256 GB, to give users a smooth and seamless user experience. The phone is loaded with a 3500 mAh battery giving user’s power for approximately 25+ hours mixed use. The Quick Charge 3.0 lets users charge the BlackBerry KEY2 up to 50% in 40 minutes* and new Smart Battery Experience learns from daily charging habits.

The phone operates on Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone features an impressive BlackBerry camera experience with the introduction of the first dual-rear camera on a BlackBerry smartphone. This 12MP dual camera helps in capturing clear and beautiful pictures in both high light and low light environments with improvement in auto white balance, faster auto focus and improved image stabilization. The front 8MP camera is a perfect for selfies.

New capture mode features like Portrait Mode and Optical Superzoom ensure that all the important moments can be captured anytime, anywhere – even at night. With Portrait Mode, users can now capture beautiful portrait photos, creating more dramatic and professional looking images. Optical Superzoom makes it possible to capture better photos with greater details, even from further away. BlackBerry KEY2 also integrates Google Lens, so now you can more quickly and easily search and get more information on things like book reviews simply by capturing a picture of the book’s cover.

Price and Availability

BlackBerry KEY2 will be available at starting 31st July at a price of Rs 42,990. It comes bundled with Reliance Jio cashback offer of Rs. 4,450 and ICICI bank cash back offer of 5% on EMI transactions along with additional launch benefits.

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