BlackBerry launches 2 keyboard-less phones with huge batteries in India


BlackBerry unveiled its Key2 Android-based handset just two months ago, and the brand is already set to launch a couple more devices through Optiemus, its hardware partner in India.

The new Evolve and Evolve X don’t have physical keyboards like the iconic models that made BlackBerry a household name, but they do come with 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ displays, Android 8.1, 16-megapixel selfie cameras, and large 4,000mAh batteries.

The lower-end Evolve gets a 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 450 chip, 4GB RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, a microSD slot to add more space, and dual 13-megapixel cameras on the back. It’ll cost Rs. 24,990 ($ 365) when it lands next month.

The beefier Evolve X gets a boost to 6GB RAM, as well as a faster 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 660 chip (the same as the one in the Key2), a 12-megapixel + 13-megapixel rear camera system, and support for quick charging and wireless charging. It’ll set you back by Rs. 34,990 ($ 510) and will be available at the end of August.

It looks like both models will only go on sale in India – at least initially. With those specs, the Evolve X will go up against the likes of the Nokia 7 Plus, which is a lot cheaper at Rs. 26,000 ($ 378). And with its pricing, the Evolve X costs as much as the outstanding OnePlus 6.

The only way I see these devices winning people over is with BlackBerry’s promise of enhanced security for enterprise users. You might want to wait a bit for the budget version of the Key2 that’s said to be in the works, as you’ll be able to enjoy a physical keyboard at a lower price than the original Key2’s $ 650 tag.

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