I’m also not sure why we moved the power button to the right side as well. Now the left side is completely naked and you have volume, power, and the dedicated Convenience button all on the right. I’m a stickler for having the power button on the right just for the sake of consistency among Android phones, but this just seems cluttered. I’d much rather have seen them move the Convenience button to the left to set it apart.
Rounding out the hardware the Key2 sees a significant bump in RAM to 6GB from 3 or 4GB on the Keyone and we also see the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Both of these are welcome. The 3GB version of the original Keyone really struggled after being used for about a week and constantly was pushing the edge of running out of memory. And BlackBerry is a classicly designed phone that should simply have the headphone jack in my opinion. While the age of wireless is getting better, I still don’t think there’s a viable replacement to the awesome standard that we had in the hardware audio jack.
So there you have it. Our first official look at the BlackBerry Key2! The phone will launch later this summer and will set you back $649 here in the US. Personally, I can’t wait to have this device in my hands, but I’m also a proud Keyone owner. What about the rest of you? Are you excited about this phone, or is this form factor just too old school? Let us know in the comments!