IFA 2018 is giving us some cool new mobile phones to look at. First the Sony Xperia XZ3 and now, BlackBerry KEY2 LE. This BlackBerry phone is an affordable KEY2, which just has a less powerful processor than its flagship sibling.
Instead of the Snapdragon 660 used in KEY2, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is powered by Snapdragon 636. This processor is also snappy. The phone doesn’t have much difference than the KEY2 other than the processor.
For starters, the phone has a 4.5 inch 1080p 3:2 display, 4GB RAM and 32/64 GB storage options. There’s a dual camera that comes in at 13MP and 5MP, and it even supports 4K 30fps video capture. Rare feature for a phone at this price point.
The phone is made up of a polycarbonate body, and comes in Atomic, Champagne and Slate colors. The back is slightly textured, so it quite comfortable to hold.
“Today’s smartphones try to offer a one size fits all solution, but that is no longer realistic when we have a global marketplace as diverse as we have today,” said Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President, TCL Communication & President, BlackBerry Mobile.
“But this is why we focus on making modern BlackBerry smartphones like KEY2 LE, to stand out and deliver a great experience for everyday communication, with access to all the features, connectivity and applications our customers expect.”
For those who are wondering, this phone does have a physical qwerty styled keyboard. It also has BlackBerry security features like Locker for private apps and Firefox Focus, a privacy-centric browser from Mozilla.
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE will start at $399/€399 EUR/£349 GBP/$519 CAD for the 32GB model, and the 64GB model will cost $449 USD/€429 EUR/£399 GBP/$579CAD.