There’s nothing left to the imagination as images, price and specifications leak ahead of the BlackBerry KEY2 launch tomorrow.
BlackBerry’s successor to its well-received KEYone, aptly named KEY2, is launching tomorrow at a New York event. Fans however, already have a pretty good idea of what’s in store as details of the phone surfaced.
Reputed tipster Even Blass leaked specifications and price details of the handset on this official Twitter account. Renders were also posted highlighting the touch and type form factor of the Blackberry KEY2, similar to its predecessor.
The phone’s back has a textured panel with what looks like rubberised finish. The back also houses the dual rear camera setup and that unmistakable BlackBerry logo.
The front of the BlackBerry KEY2 has the full QWERTY keyboard and a 4.5-inch full-HD touch-supported display. It also sports an 8-megapixel selfie camera with full-HD (1080p) video recording support. Additionally, a fingerprint sensor is embedded on its spacebar key.
Blass also leaked a very detailed specification of list of the phone. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. It has two storage options, 64GB and 128GB, expandable up to 256GB through an SD card.
In terms of connectivity, the handset has FM radio, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The BlackBerry KEY2 is going to be available in the US with a starting price of $649. To compare, the BlackBerry KEYone was launched in the US last year at $549.
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A new fresh teaser video of the BlackBerry Key 2 has surfaced online. The new teaser video has caused intrigued among users. The BlackBerry Key 2 is slated to be unveiled on June 7 this year.
Trials of BlackBerry
BlackBerry was once a popular smartphone company. The company has lost its top position to other rival companies such as Samsung, Apple, and others. The company has been struggling for years to make it more relevant in today’s tight digital era.
In case you don’t know, the company has attempted to make several efforts. This includes the release of devices without its popular QWERTY keyboard.
The company has even switched over to Google’s Android mobile operating system. However, it failed to achieve its resounding success the company once had.
Despite all of these, BlackBerry is exerting more efforts to claim its top position and its once strong customer-base. In fact, the company is gearing up to release another Android headset called “icon reborn.”
Now, the company is set to launch a business-focused smartphone, successor to the BlackBerry KEYone from last year. A quick check of the teaser video shows that Blackberry may feature a dual rear camera setup with dual LED flash.
Other features include a physical QWERTY keyboard, BlackBerry Hub with messenger apps support, a new app drawer shortcut, and the Privacy Shade feature preinstalled.
Blackberry’s next flagship phone is launching at the June 7 New York event.
Blackberry made a successful comeback in 2017 with the release of KeyOne under the Blackberry Mobile brand. Fans of the old-school QWERTY-type smartphone can rejoice even more now with the imminent release of the BlackBerry Key2.
The company’s official Twitter account posted a teaser for the upcoming event on 7 June at 10am in New York. The Tweet shows its plan to unveil “an icon reborn”, aka the BlackBerry Key2.
There are no other official details from the company but as usual, the internet is awash with leaked photos and info that we more or less know about it.
Images of the smartphone believed to the Key2 appeared on Chinese regulatory site TENAA. Based on the image, Key2 could be sporting dual cameras on the back. This is a change from its predecessor as the KeyOne only had one rear camera. However, the famous physical keyboard is of course, being retained.
Other specs expected from Blackberry Mobile’s next flagship phone include a 4.5-inch screen and a slightly bigger 3,360mAh battery. The phone is expected to run on the Android 8.1 Oreo OS with 6GB of RAM. It will come with 64GB of internal storage and 128GB of expandable storage through an SD slot.
There is no word yet on when the device will be released or how much it will cost.
Rewards For Promoting Blackberry Phones Which Sell Only Few Units
Rewards will be given by Blackberry’s Fan League. This is for hyping-up its poor-selling phones. This program is called BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League.
BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League
This is a program made by BlackBerry. The company wants you to advertise on their behalf. In exchange for this, you will have then chance to win BlackBerry branded gears. These gears include mugs, hats, bags, and more. This items are rewards for weekly winners.
There will also be monthly draws. Winners of the monthly draws will win BlackBerry smartphones.
What To Do To Join The Program
In order to join, thee program has you connect your social media platforms in order to promote BlackBerry and earn points. The more points, the more entries. You will then have more chances to win BlackBerry items. Or even a smartphone.
How The Program Works
You have to connect your Twitter or Facebook account to earn your first 100 points. Then, the Fan League, which is run by a company called Social Toaster, prompts you to connect even more accounts. You can use these accounts to shill for BlackBerry. From Instagram, to Pinterest, to YouTube.
You then have to decide where you will advertise BlackBerry. Once you have made your decision, the platform will give you an array of depressing choices to be a worker drone and earn more points.
Some companies see this program as some sort of a game. But BlackBerry believes otherwise. The company does not even try to make the said program enjoyable.
The program is like a band’s social media hype team. That is, minus all the fun of course.
Badges are also given by the Fan League for completing tasks. Naturally, these badges are worthless and come with copies that are worthless.
Generally, the whole program sounds depressing and downtrodden. You will get the impression that the company is desperate. Remember though that BlackBerry sold a total of 850,000 devices last year.
We have to wait and see how the public will accept and react to this program. Let us just hope that both the company and those who will join the program will benefit from it.
Want a sneak peak of the upcoming BlackBerry Laguna smartphone?
A list of specs for this BlackBerry OS 10 device has been leaked or posted on a Blackberry fansite, giving us a preview and something to drool over.
According to the post, the 4.2-inch BlackBerry Laguna boasts of a 1280×768 screen resolution with 355 DPI. Apple’s latest iPhone device has a 1136×604 resolution and a 326 DPI.
The BlackBerry Laguna is also said to be powered by a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 4G LTE and an impressive 8MP autofocusing rear facing camera with flash and a 1GB or RAM.
The device is also rumored to have NFC capability, DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi direct.
The specs of the BlackBerry Laguna \re said to have come from Verizon Wireless, the post said.
Another device which comes from the BlackBerry L Series is the BlackBerry London which also boasts of a 1GB of RAM and a dual core processor.
If these reports are true, then we might be seeing bright future for BlackBerry and Research In Motion. As a BlackBerry fan, I can’t help but be excited to have a glimpse of this magnificent device and have a crack of it.
Even though the company is slowly fading into oblivion, we still know about RIM and the now infamous Blackberry. The company has been struggling the most in the new era of smartphones, which is ironic because RIM was once the leader of the smartphone community. In fact, the Blackberry was what used to define the smartphone.
Times have changed since the iPhone was launched. The touch screen device with an interface centered on Apps created by third party developers has become the most successful business model yet. The iPhone indeed changed and revolutionized the definition of what a smartphone is. The iPhone model was the same model used by the now dominant Android operating system, which runs on more than 50% of the market.
Ever since then, RIM and their Blackberry devices began losing ground. They even lost corporate partners when the “bring your own phone” trend began in the corporate world. People brought in their iPhone and their Android handsets.
Nokia, another mobile brand has begun their rebirth into the mobile world thanks to Windows 8. It is apparent that more than hardware, today’s consumer is very much focused on what your software can offer as well. For a while, Blackberry tried to survive with their dated system, but that was to no avail.
They began work on the Blackberry 10, an operating system that was meant to finally take RIM out of the hole it was in. Unfortunately, several technical issues during its development pushed the operating system’s release further back two times. In fact, it is still not ready, and they can’t even promise it to be ready before Christmas. It looks like RIM and their Blackberry 10 will miss out on this year’s shopping spree.
Despite the poor timing and availability, RIM is very optimistic about their Blackberry 10. They announced that it was nearly complete, and they have created its interface centered on touch and one finger navigation.
You got that right. The new Blackberry 10 aims to address what Apple and their iPhone design was trying to point out, that phones should be easily navigated by one thumb alone. While the iPhone’s dimensions do permit you to reach all parts of the screen with just your thumb, many interface elements still require you to use two fingers, and most of the time, this involves two hands.
The new thumb gestures implemented on the new Blackberry 10 are supposed to allow you to access the entire interface and navigate your data with just one thumb. Nicknamed “Blackberry Flow” these one thumb gestures allow you to quickly access several of the apps and services installed in the device, as well as the all new Blackberry Hub.
The new Blackberry Hub is the center of all the information that you want. You control what appears on the hub, like notifications from your social networks, emails, SMS, calendar and other information you decide. It’s always on, and is always accessible from anywhere within the OS.
Their new “Peek” function is their take on multitasking, allowing a quick look at a function going on in another app. You can then proceed to continue with what you are doing, or proceed to the app and directly interact with it.
Speaking of multitasking, open apps can actually be minimized and placed on the “desktop”, still showing the information on the small “tile” or “widget”-like interface. It makes it easy to switch between things you are doing. Everything looked very fluid.
RIM also promises that the new Blackberry will have a very fast browser. So fast, that they are even so bold to say that it is faster than a desktop browser. We will be sure to watch out for that.
The new Blackberry 10 also seeks to be a world phone as they implement a new idea in predictive text. It predicts in multiple languages as you go. It was demonstrated that in Blackberry 10, the user was quickly able to type and get predictions in Spanish, English and French.
Apparently, carriers already have had a look at the capabilities of the new Blackberry 10. As RIM puts it, they are certainly excited and certainly eager to promote the new Blackberry OS. Will you give Blackberry a chance next year?
Attendees of BlackBerry Jam Americas conference had a sneak preview of what Research In Motion has for BlackBerry fans around the world.
RIM unveiled the apps that will be included in their BlackBerry10 OS when it launches sometime soon and during the Blackberry Jam Americas conference, those in attendance got a small preview of what RIM has in store.
Social Networking giant Facebook made its appearance on the conference. The Facebook app for the BlackBerry10 OS looks similar with that of the Facebook app for iOS, with shortcuts at the top and the navigation panel on the left portion of the screen.
Foursquare is also set to make a mark to BB users as Senior Software Engineer Pete Nofelt showed what the Foursquare app for BB 10 OS would look like. The great thing about the Foursquare app for BB10, and one that is unique to BlackBerry, is the BBM integration. This enables Foursquare members who use BlackBerrys to post updates to their BBM accounts and other social networks with the Foursquare app.
RIM also said that LinkedIn and Twitter are set to come up with apps for their BB10 OS, although they were not a part of the conference.
Research In Motion said that BlackBerry users might have been struggling to connect to their BlackBerry Internet Service a couple of days ago.
BlackBerry CEO Thornsten Heins said that about 60% of their subscribers could have possibly been affected, but final figures as to the extent of the outage are still unknown.
Heins apologized for the service outage, but analysts have aired their sentiments saying that this just adds more bad rep to Research In Motion and might even be used as a reason for BlackBerry owners to jump ship and move on to another platform.
Heins said in a statement, “I want to apologize to those BlackBerry customers in Europe and Africa who experienced an impact in their quality of service early this morning. The BlackBerry service is now fully restored and I can report that no data or messages were lost. Preliminary analysis suggests that those customers may have experienced a maximum delay of 3 hours in the delivery and reception of their messages.”
This comes in the heels of the release of the latest operating system by RIM, which they hope it could be their great boost, as the company tries to bounce back after abysmal performance of the past few years.
According to Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette as told to AllThingD, the company is seeing a decrease in shelf space in recent months. What’s more alarming is that some stores can’t sell a BlackBerry unit in a month’s time.
“In terms of sell-through, we believe that current run rates are roughly one-fifth of those we saw in the United States just eight months ago. Further, we found a meaningful number of carrier retail locations which had not sold a single BlackBerry in over a month,” Faucette said.
A few weeks ago, TNG reported that carriers were very supportive of the latest OS the BlackBerry 10 by RIM. This is clearly in contrast to their statement.
RIM might want to keep its fingers crossed since this just gives a glimpse of the BlackBerry market since the analyst only did an evaluation in the US (it might not be the whole of US at all).
The future might not look as good as they want to since the holiday season is fast approaching and their products will likely be placed head on with newer devices such as the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini and a handful of others.
Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has been lagging behind the search engine wars. Now, the company is on the offensive after they told Mashable that they have inked a deal with Amazon to be Kindle Fire HD’s default Web browser.
The deal was only finalized a few days ago according to general manager of communications and influencer marketing of Bing Adam Sohn. This makes Bing the default engine of the Kindle Fire HD and the new Kindle Fire tablets, though users can opt to change their default browser preference.
Amazon is the second company to have a tie-up with Microsoft. Research In Motion was the first company to have a deal with Microsoft. RIM will power search and maps of BlackBerry phones from then on.
Bing has slowly but surely gained market share. Bing is currently used by individuals 15.6% when they search something online.
Microsoft has been losing money on their online services division and Bing is a big part of it. Instead of cutting the lifeline of Bing, Microsoft is trying to revamp and rejuvenate the fledging search engine.
It may take a while, but this partnership could eventually lead to more usage of Bing.
Do you think that Microsoft did the right decision in maintaining Bing?