BlackBerry KEY2 LE brings a great hardware keyboard down to a more manageable price

Posted on Dec 3 2018 - 5:17pm by Tom Kenny

It’s barely been three months due to the fact BlackBerry (rather, TCL Communications) launched the KEY2, and the company is already prepared to unveil a brand new variation here at IFA 2018. “It turned into always our purpose to carry variants of the KEY2 line,” a spokesperson told Engadget. The KEY2 LE is a “more available” version of the original, with a thinner, less-boxy design and bolder shade options. It’s also $200 cheaper than the KEY2, however that glaringly comes with a few trade-offs.

That discount comes at a price, however: the Key2 LE has a weaker processor, less RAM, worse cameras, and a smaller battery than the Key2. So in preference to the already much less-than-perfect Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, it’s a Snapdragon 636. There’s additionally 4GB of RAM rather than 6GB, a 3,000mAh battery instead of a 3,500mAh one.


The BlackBerry Key2 LE has a dual-camera lens module on its rear much like the Key2, however the megapixel counts are distinctive. The number one lens comes in at thirteen-megapixels, even as the secondary lens comes in at five-megapixels. Google Lens is incorporated into the digicam as properly. The the front-facing digicam comes in at eight-megapixels and has an liquid crystal display flash. There’s additionally a wide Selfie Mode and beauty filter for greater alternatives whilst you’re snapping away.

That stated, the Key2 LE continues to be a superbly respectable midrange Android smartphone on paper, and the fee does seem right for what you’re getting, assuming you’re ok with the other sacrifices that each Key2 has demanded, just like the small display.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE Smartphone Features

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Memory: 4GB
Storage: 32GB, 64GB
MircoSD storage: Yes
Screen Size: 4.5 inches
Resolution: 1,620 x 1,080
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
Battery: 3,000mAh
Size: 150.25 x 71.8 x 8.35 mm
Weight: 156 grams
Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo

BlackBerry KEY2 LE Smartphone Price

The BlackBerry Key2 LE will be available next month starting at the aforementioned $399 price. It’ll come in three colors: atomic (red), champagne (gold / beige), and slate (black).