25 February 2019
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is finally available for purchase in the United States. It was announced about a month ago as a toned down version of the BlackBerry KEY2. With this lighter version, you will be paying about $200 less than the standard offering but will also be receiving fewer features and watered down specifications.
To start off, the KEY2 LE's physical QWERTY keyboard is simply a keyboard with no extra features that you will get with the KEY2. It means there are no keyboard shortcuts and no using of the keyboard like a trackpad. Even the fingerprint scanner is missing on the lighter version which is integrated within the spacebar key on the standard version. TCL has further replaced the KEY2's aluminum build quality with plastic on the KEY2 LE but it has allowed it to offer more color options with the latter one.
As for specifications, it sports a 4.5-inch Full HD (1620 x 1080 pixels) display with 3:2 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is an option to choose from 32GB or 64GB internal storage variants with the ability to expand the storage using microSD cards.
On the back, it has a 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual camera setup with f/2.2 and f/2.4 aperture respectively. The secondary lens on the device is meant for the depth effect to help users click portrait shots. It also has an 8-megapixel front camera for taking selfies and video calls.
The whole package is powered by a 3000mAh battery which BlackBerry claims can last for at least 22 hours of demanding use. It will be running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It has been priced at $399 for the 32GB storage variant and at $449 for the 64GB storage variant.