BlackBerry KEY2 LE is now OFFICIAL: Specs & Updates Detailed

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BlackBerry Mobile has taken the wraps off the rumoured BlackBerry KEY2 LE as predicted at the IFA 2018 conference currently underway in Berlin, Germany.

Also as expected, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE basically amounts to a “Light Edition” of the handset with a slightly reduced spec and an appealing lower price point, while keeping as many of the great features from the Full Fat BlackBerry KEY2.

So without further ado, let’s dive into the BlackBerry KEY2 LE specs and features shall we?

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Design

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The overall appearance of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is basically the same as the regular BlackBerry KEY2, which is nice to see as it means there aren’t the usual compromises on build quality when prices get chopped.

It does, however, use plastic rather than aluminium this time round, but the rest of the materials are like-for-like.

The keyboard is also identical and in fact this phone is the thinnest KEY brand handset BlackBerry has produced so far; in that sense it has one up on the regular KEY2!

The main difference – and given the fact that the KEY2 LE is primarily intended to appeal to business customers as a cheaper KEY2 to give to their employees, this is a bit strange – is that the KEY2 LE comes in a wider range of colours and they’re quite flashy too.

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There is, however, a business-suitable “Slate” version in a dark grey. Meanwhile, the more pimping options include “Atomic”, which is red, and “Champagne”, which is gold.

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The colouration on all three variants is along the outer edging and accents, while the main bodywork of the front and rear panels is black across the board.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Specs & Features

Moving on now to the spec sheet, which is where the bulk of the changes have occured. Primarily, in the engine bay, the BlackBerry KEY2’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 has been toned down to a slightly less punchy Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM onboard.

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You have options for 32GB or 64GB of storage and both have microSD card support.

The display is basically the same as the regular KEY2; a 4.5in 3:2 ratio screen with a 1080 x 1620 resolution.

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The battery has been slightly dropped down but to a still respectable 3,000mAh and BlackBerry Moble says it has optimised the handset for high stamina battery life.

The software is Android 8.1 Oreo, largely stock, but with BlackBerry’s usual suite of additions in terms of security and the like. No word on an Android Pie update yet but we’re sure one is on the planning board.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Camera

The camera is a downgrade, but this is somewhat to be expected – imaging hardware is expensive, and not the most vital component on a business phone either.

The rear primay is still a dual-sensor, funnily enough. Instead of dual-12MP it’s a 13MP/5MP combo (f/2.2 and f/2.4) with depth sensing but no telephoto capabilities. The selfie cam is 8MP.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Price & Availability

BlackBerry Mobile is keeping rather quiet about availabity for now, but expect that to change soonish.

We do however have some pricing details with the 32GB base model priced at $399, €399, £349, and CAD 519.

The fatter 64GB variant is priced as follows: $449, €429, £399, and CAD 579.

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