Update 10/3: The BlackBerry KEY2 LE Android smartphone is now open for pre-order in the U.S. More information added to the section below.
At the IFA 2018 trade fair, TCL announced a new KEY2 smartphone, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE with a mid-range price tag. It is a cheaper version of the KEY2 Android phone.
It’s not a full touchscreen phone but comes with a physical keyboard. As far as the design is concerned, you’ll hardly find any difference between the Blackberry KEY2 and the KEY 2 LE. The difference can be seen in the hardware section.
BlackBerry KEY2 LE Specifications
The new BlackBerry smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, the same chipset found in the HTC U12 Life which is the lighter version of HTC U12+. There is a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080×1620 pixels with3:2 aspect ratio.
At the rear of the handset, we get a dual camera setup with 13-megapixel (f/2.2)+5-megapixel (f/2.4) sensors and on the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera. The rear camera comes with HDR, up to 4K video recording at 30 bps, scan function, secure photo area and portrait (bokeh) mode.
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE comes with a 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of onboard storage with microSD card support. There is a 3,000 mAh battery with up to 22.5 hours runtime and for connectivity, it comes with dual-SIM support, USB Type C, USB 2.0, USB OTG, NFC, FM Radio and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system and equipped with a fingerprint sensor for security. The smartphone is packed in an aluminum alloy frame of series 7 and structured diamond grip with a non-slip back.
BlackBerry KEY2 LE Pricing and Availability
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be available in Black/Blue, Black/Gold, and Black/Red color options starting at $399 for the 32GB model and $449 for the 64GB variant. It will be available for sale from next month in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Canada.
The smartphone is now up for pre-order in the United States from Amazon for $449.
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE price and availability in India is not yet announced.