We probably won’t see a full sequel to the BlackBerry KEY2 for a few months, maybe even longer, but the BlackBerry Mobile team does have something to whet your appetite in the meantime while you wait. It’s launching a KEY2 Red Edition that covers the front and sides and bundled earbuds in a gorgeous deep red. It looks pretty stunning actually. It’s not just a cosmetic upgrade either since the red model also comes with double the storage at 128GB.
Aside from that, most of the changes are in the software. There’s a revamped Hub+ with an ergonomically friendly action bar at the bottom of the apps. The handset will also have more modern versions of BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Calendar.
We don’t have a specific release date yet, but the KEY2 Red Edition will be available in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East for $749 (£699 in the UK, €779 in Europe). Yes, it’s pricey. $649 was already pricey for a mid-range processing power and paying $100 more for a new color and a spec bump seems harsh. But if you’re a BlackBerry fan, this may be what you are willing to pay to stand out from the rest of the crowd.
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