“As the name indicates, the KEY2 LE comes as a toned-down variant of the BlackBerry KEY2”
After being the subject of a number of leaks and rumours, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE smartphone has just been officially announced at the 2018 IFA trade show in Berlin. The phone comes as a stripped-down version of the BlackBerry KEY2 smartphone (review), which was launched in India just last month. The latest BlackBerry offering flaunts the same physical design as its earlier sibling, including the QWERTY keypad just below the touchscreen. Notably, the KEY2 LE is the lightest and slimmest device from the KEY series to date.
Coming to the specifications, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE sports the same 4.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,620 pixels, as its sibling. Under the hood, the KEY2 LE gets a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC, as compared to the Snapdragon 660 processor powering the KEY2. The new smartphone packs 4GB of RAM and comes in two storage configurations — 32GB and 64GB, with both of them offering support for microSD cards.
In the camera department, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE sports a 13-megapixel primary camera shooter at the rear, accompanied by a 5-megapixel secondary snapper. For selfies and video calling, the phone gets an 8-megapixel shooter. The smartphone boots Android 8.1 Oreo with some BlackBerry software enhancements. The device comes with some proprietary features like BlackBerry Hub and the “Speed” key that allows quick access to configurable applications and features.
As for the other features, the KEY2 LE comes with a fingerprint sensor, which is hidden below the spacebar key on the QWERTY keyboard. Connectivity options on board include 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and A-GPS. The entire package is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery, which is significantly smaller than the 3,500mAh cell present on the KEY2.
Talking about the pricing, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be available for $399 (~Rs 28,400) for the 32GB variant, while its 64GB model will set you back by $449 (~Rs 31,900). The brand has revealed that the phone will be available globally, but there’s no word on the exact availability date. Lastly, the handset will be offered in three colour variants — Slate, Champagne, and Atomic, with the latter featuring a red keyboard accent.