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Published on September 2nd, 2018 | by Biplab Das


The Blackberry KEY 2 LE: A Phone with Sacrifices

In the generation of QHD screens and bezel-less designs, Blackberry is still holding on to their conventional keyboard. Unlike the KEY one or KEY two, Blackberry introduced a new member named KEY 2 LE at IFA 2018 held at Berlin.

Before jump into the specs, I would like to tell your this: If you want a phone for its physical keyboard, then you should pay attention to this phone.

The Blackberry KEY 2 LE is powered by a mid-range chipset. It is coming with a low-end camera and I speculate that the physical keyboard would definitely feel mushy.

The Blackberry KEY 2 LE comes with a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080×1620 and is protected by an unspecified Gorilla Glass.

Under the hood, you will get the Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB storage options which can be expanded up to 256GB by a micro-SD card.

In the camera department, the BlackBerry KEY 2 LE sports a horizontally-stacked dual rear-camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor, with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, with f/2.4 aperture, coupled with dual-tone LED flash. On the front, the BlackBerry smartphone bears an 8-megapixel fixed focus camera with LCD selfie flash and full-HD recording.

All the major sensors are present. You will find the fingerprint scanner on the Space button. The device is powered by a 3000 mAh battery and you will a USB-Type-C port for charging

So lets the come to conclusion.

If you are wondering if this is the same device as the KEY 2 then you are wrong. Yes, it is a Blackberry device with a physical keyboard but it is not comfortable as the KEY 1 or KEY 2 because of the price cut of $200. The camera is also average.

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE price has been set at $399 (roughly ₹28,300) for the 4GB RAM/32GB storage variant in the US. It also gets other global price tags of EUR 399, GBP 349, and CAD 519. The 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model has been priced at $449 (around ₹31,900), EUR 429, GBP 399, and CAD 579. The phone will be made available in markets including Canada, France, Germany, UAE, UK, and the US starting next month. It has been launched in Atomic, Champagne and Slate color options.

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About the Author

My name is Biplab Das. I’m a writer, sometimes a tech YouTuber, blogger, ICT tutor and a part time website developer whose childhood obsession with science fiction never quite faded. A quarter-century later, the technology that I coveted as a kid is woven into the fabric of everyday life. I’ve spent the past years to learn these technologies, People say smartphones are boring these days, but I think everyone is beginning to take this wonderful technology marvel for granted.

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