The “new” BlackBerry device unveiled way back in February is finally up for grabs stateside for QWERTY nostalgics and fans of fiery red phones. Of course, the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is not an entirely new product… or entirely coated in red.
From a design standpoint, the snazzy red frame (made from a robust Series 7 aluminum alloy) seems to pair quite nicely with the black keys, screen bezels, buttons, ports, and especially the textured “diamond grip” non-slip back (also coated in black) for an undoubtedly elegant and one-of-a-kind look that’s bound to make a lasting first impression on people accustomed with the same boring one-color slabs.
We’re talking a middling Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB RAM, a pair of largely unimpressive 12MP rear cameras, and outdated Android 8.1 Oreo software still provided out the box. On the bright side, the 3,500 mAh battery is capable of some pretty incredible endurance times, having to handle a relatively small 4.5-inch display with 1620 x 1080 resolution. The security and productivity of the KEY2 is also essentially unrivaled in today’s mobile landscape.