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BlackBerry KEY2 goes official and it’s definitely a phone for keyboard fans

Ain’t it nice to type on an actual keyboard?

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TCL, the current owner of BlackBerry, just announced their latest phone and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know what it is — the BlackBerry KEY2. The early leaks and rumors about the new BlackBerry phone are true; from pricing to specs, they are correct.

Unsurprisingly, they KEY2 continues the KEYone legacy. It still has a squarish form factor (but not as square as the BlackBerry Passport) with a 4.5-inch IPS display (1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio) and iconic physical keyboard, which has become a rarity in today’s smartphone market. It also has a first for a BlackBerry — dual rear cameras.

BlackBerry is finally on board the dual camera wagon with two 12-megapixel rear sensors: one with a regular f/1.8 lens and another with a telephoto f/2.6 lens. Obviously, the secondary sensor is used for optical zooming as well as portrait shots and bokeh features. An 8-megapixel shooter takes care of the selfies.

The body of the phone is made from 7000 Series aluminum with a textured rubber back. Overall, the phone looks sleeker and more refined than the KEYone. Perhaps the removal of the metal forehead gives the KEY2 much-needed elegance as a modern business phone.

Going back to the keyboard, it’s now 20 percent taller for more comfortable and accurate typing. It also has a matte finish and more spacious layout. The spacebar still doubles as a fingerprint reader and the whole keyboard acts as a trackpad which has always been neat. In addition, there’s a new Speed key that enables shortcut commands to open apps, contact info, or access certain functions. Just imagine how productive you can be without even touching the screen.

Inside the phone is a Snapdragon 660 processor with a generous 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of expandable storage. Software-wise, the KEY2 boots Android Oreo out of the box with a promised update to Android P. Of course, monthly security updates are also expected.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will go on sale this June starting at US$ 649 in the US, GBP 579 in the UK, and EUR 649 for the rest of Europe.

SEE ALSO: From Curve, Bold to Priv: 10 of the most memorable BlackBerry devices

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The instax Mini 9 comes with a retro craft bundle for the holiday season

For all your scrapbooking dreams

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The holiday season is here!

If you’re still struggling in coming up with a gift idea, Team Instax might have just curated one for you. Fujifilm partnered with Craft Easy to create the instax Mini 9 Craft Kit.

The craft kit comes with a unique, retro tin box that comes in five colors — each with an accompanying message and particular design. Inside you get a Mini 9 camera, a pack of film, as well as crafting materials including wooden clips, washi tapes, and a set of fun stickers. This special bundle could be a great gift for only PhP 4,499 (US$ 89).

instax Mini 9

The instax Mini 9 is an instant camera that lets you take better selfies that you can print thanks to the built-in selfie mirror placed next to its lens. There’s also a close-up lens attachment if you want to photograph your subjects closer. Lighting can easily be adjusted, too, with its brightness adjustment dial. To operate the camera, you only need two AA size alkaline batteries. Happiness is just one click away!

The Mini 9 is available in Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue, and Smoky White. The camera retails for PhP 3,999. It’s available at Fujifilm authorized dealers nationwide.

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OPPO Reno2 F now available in Nebula Green

More color options for the discerning buyer

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OPPO is investing more and more on its Reno lineup. Last October, it unveiled the Reno2 F in the Philippines, essentially replacing the F series. Now, the phone is available in a new color option: Nebula Green.

Still priced at PhP 19,990 for the 8GB + 128GB configuration, OPPO is offering a PhP 500 discount for its Enco Q1 earphones when you buy this color option. To get the new variant, visit any OPPO stores nationwide or their online stores on Lazada, Shopee, Akulaku, Argomall, Abenson, and MemoXpress.

Pay Day Treats promo

To entice more customers, OPPO is also rolling out their Pay Day Treat promo from November 16 to 17. Buyers of any Reno models or the A9 2020 receive free vouchers from Zomato, Grab, Viu, and iWant.

To know more about the promo, visit their Facebook page or their website.

The OPPO Reno 2F is a more affordable variant of the Reno 2 with a focus on great camera experience. It has a quad-camera setup, a nice 6.5-inch AMOLED display, and a Helio P70 processor. Powering the device is a 4,000 mAh battery with support for VOOC Flash Charge 3.0. Additionally, it has a headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot which are rare finds these days.

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Xiaomi and Realme are Lazada’s best tech brands in 11.11 sale

The competition is getting intense

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The competition between Xiaomi and Realme is heating up. Realme, a relatively new brand in the market, is going toe-to-toe with Xiaomi for value smartphones in the Philippines. And if Lazada’s 11.11 sale is an indicator, the two are competing for the best in the country.

Xiaomi is still king

In the recently held 11.11 sale on Lazada, Xiaomi reigned supreme as the best-selling tech brand in the mobile phone and tablet category. The company’s best-selling products are the Mi Smart Scale and the recently launched Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro.

Both midrange phones are priced competitively while offering quad cameras, decent performance, and huge battery life. In particular, the Redmi Note 8 has a Snapdragon 665 processor, 6.5″ HD display, a 4,500mAh battery, and a quad-camera setup. It is priced at PhP 7,990 for the base 3 + 32GB model.

…but Realme is catching up

However, Xiaomi’s reign might be short-lived if Realme continues its strong, fast growth in the country. It placed no. 2 under the mobile phone and tablet category during its first Lazada 11.11 sale. The company witnessed a 966% growth from its September 9 sale.

Realme 5 took the spot for the best-selling smartphone, with competitive specifications of a Snapdragon 665 Processor, 6.5” HD display, 5,000mAh battery, quad-camera setup, and a price of PhP 7,990.

The Realme 5 makes a good alternative to the Redmi Note 8, which has almost the same specs and pricing. However, Realme 5 takes the edge slightly with bigger battery capacity and higher storage for the base variant at 64GB.

It is no wonder that Xiaomi’s intention behind the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro is to offer competitive phones that match Realme’s offering. Surely, their rivalry is in full swing in the country. But Realme has a lot to go before beating Xiaomi globally — it’s the “sales volume king” in China’s Singles’ Day sales event.

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