After making its debut at MWC earlier this year, the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is arriving in the U.S.
The BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is now available from Amazon and Best Buy for $699. It’s sold unlocked and is compatible with GSM networks, meaning it should play nicely with AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. It includes support for LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, and 66.
The big difference with the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition and the standard model that launched last year is the red paint job. The aluminum frame of the device is painted red, as are the frets in-between the rows of the physical keyboard. It’s a pretty striking look that’s sure to help your KEY2 stand out in a sea of black and silver smartphone slabs. This limited edition phone also comes with a special set of red BlackBerry-branded earbuds.
When it comes to specs, the KEY2 Red Edition has a 4.5-inch 1620×1080 LCD screen, dual 12MP rear camera setup, 8MP front-facing camera, and 128GB of storage with a microSD slot for adding more storage. There’s a Snapdragon 660 processor inside the KEY2’s shell along with 6GB of RAM, and a 3500mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support powers the whole package.
Of course, one of the main draws of the KEY2 is its physical keyboard. The key height is 20 percent higher than on the KEYone for a more comfortable typing experience. There’s a fingerprint reader built into the space bar of the keyboard, and the Speed Key lets you access your 52 keyboard shortcuts without having to return to the device’s home screen.
Rounding out the BlackBerry KEY2’s feature set is USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Android 8.1 Oreo. It’ll also come preloaded with a refreshed version of BlackBerry’s Hub+ with a modern look and a new Action bar at the bottom of Hub+ apps that’ll give you quick access to features like search, sort, and compose.
What do you think of the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition? Does its deep red paint job have you thinking about picking one up?