Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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BlackBerry Key2: Dependable workhorse with a dash of nostalgia (Tech Review)

There are two smartphones announced in the Indian market by the company, called BlackBerry Evolve and BlackBerry Evolve X. These are the first phones from the company that support 18:9 aspect ratio with the tall display. Contrary to rumors, the apparatus has not received a hardware keyboard, but there is no monopoly, although the thickness of the upper frame is minimal. In addition to supporting Dolby Atmos-enabled movies and TV shows, Dolby Atmos on the BlackBerry Evolve X benefits all forms of entertainment through crisper dialogue, enveloping sound fields, greater subtlety and nuance, maximized loudness without distortion, as well as consistent playback volume across all content types. The company will be selling its own wireless charging accessory of course but if you still prefer to plug in, the Quick Charge 3.0 is on offer. The phone will be having a camera of 13 cameras with dual tone LED flash at the rear side. The rubber textured look sure makes it comfortable to hold, however, the phone is thicker as compared to other phones available in the market.

BlackBerry Evolve X sports a 16MP selfie camera and a 12MP+13MP AF dual rear camera with dual tone LED flash. It runs on a clean Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

Commenting on the exclusive launch Noor Patel, Director - Category Management, Amazon India said, "We are privileged to the preferred destination for Blackberry's relaunch".

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"Both smartphones are quite similar in terms of specification, with a 5.99" Full HD+ (2 160 X 1 080) display, 16 MP front-facing camera, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and 4 000mAh battery.

BlackBerry Evolve and BlackBerry Evolve X, will be available for sale by August-end, and mid-September, respectively.

It has 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 2TB. Both devices also have a face unlock feature that apparently takes just 0.4 seconds to unlock as well. The Evolve and Evolve X come loaded with Android 8.1 Oreo, which is secured by BlackBerry. While UK prices and availability hasn't been confirmed yet, it'll cost the equivalent of about £280 in India when it hits the shelves there next month.

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