28 January 2019
When BlackBerry introduced the KEY2 smartphone earlier this year, it was appreciated for what it brought to the table except for the steep pricing. It refrained many customers from buying the phone even if they wanted to which is the reason, BlackBerry has now released a toned down version of the phone called KEY2 LE.
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE 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. And yes, it does offer all those BlackBerry apps and security suite which makes these devices different from others.
BlackBerry has priced the KEY2 LE at $399/€399/£349 for the 32GB model and at $449/€429/£399 for the 64GB model and it is already available for preorders in the UK and the Netherlands. This is definitely cheaper pricing than the KEY2 but it also means you are also getting lowered specs in comparison. But if you just look at the device itself, it seems like a good deal for the asking price, especially if you are particularly interested in having a physical QWERTY keyboard phone.