TCL, has announced the launch of the BlackBerry KEY2, at IFA 2018, in Berlin. The KEY2 LE is a specced down variant of the original KEY2, which was launched in June 2018 It has the same design as the KEY2 with a similar rectangle slab with a physical 4-row capacitive keyboard at the bottom. The company has also promised monthly security updates and a planned upgrade to Android P, as well.
BlackBerry KEY2 LE
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE 4.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×1620 pixels. The screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio and is protected under Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Powering the phone is the Snapdragon 636 chipset with Adreno 509 GPU. It has with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE comes with a dual rear cameras. The primary camera uses a 13 MP sensor and the secondary camera has a 5 MP sensor, for depth recognition. There’s also a dual-tone LED flash on the back.
To the front, the Blackberry KEY2 LE comes with an 8 MP selfie shooter with a f/2.0 aperture.
Fueling the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is a 3000 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology. The phone comes with a USB Type-C port, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Other connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, 802.11 ac dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS.
The KEY2 LE comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner underneath the space key. Talking about keys, the KEY2 LE comes with the classic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard on the front. The phone has a new Speed Key function which allows users to add up to 52 customizable shortcuts to open any contact or app on your phone with a combination of key shortcuts.
Pricing and Availability of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE comes in Atomic, Champagne & Slate colors. Priced at USD 399 (CAD 519/ UAD 1465/ EUR 341/ GBP 306) for the 32 GB storage variant and USD 449 (CAD 584/ UAD 1649/ EUR 384/ GBP 344) for the 128 GB storage variant, the phone is set to go on sale in Canada, Germany, UAE, UK and the US, starting next month.