BlackBerry KEY2 vs BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Things Which Differentiate Both the Smartphones

BlackBerry KEY2 LE in Slate Champagne and Atomic

Black Berry KEY2 LE in Slate Champagne and Atomic

TCL, has announced the launch of the BlackBerry KEY2, at IFA 2018, in Berlin.

The new BlackBerry KEY2 LE packs the same security features as other BlackBerry smartphones. This handset comes at a more affordable price point and in three different colours - Slate (Black), Champagne (Gold) and Atomic (Red).

The new handset goes on sale next month in a handful of markets, with a USA price of $400 for the 32GB version and $450 for the 64GB.

BlackBerry is again highlighting security with the Key2, including features like a digital "locker" on the device, which lets users store files securely on their phone, so that they can't be opened without their fingerprint. The BlackBerry KEY2 LE comes with a near identical design to the BlackBerry KEY2, complete with a physical QWERTY keyboard on the front. It also has Google Assistant and supports dual account.

The Snapdragon 636 processor is slightly slower, maxing out at 1.8 GHz as opposed to the 2.2 GHz in the Snapdragon 660. Talking about the cameras, there is a dual camera setup on the back that includes a primary 13MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 5MP depth sensor with a f/2.4 aperture.

Connectivity options in the handset include 4G LTE, dual-band WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS and a USB Type-C port with OTG support. Dimensions are mostly the same as the Key2, meaning it can be a little wide if you're trying to use it with one hand. BlackBerry will offer the smartphone in two memory configurations - 4GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage.

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Battery capacity is also less on the Key 2 LE versus the Key 2: 3,000 mAh compared to 3,500 mAh. Fortunately, the Blackberry Key2 LE sports an appealing pricing, but still manages to retain the core features of its elder and significantly more costly version.

This is essentially a lower-end version of the KEY2 that BlackBerry debuted earlier this year, though it does still have numerous same specs as the regular KEY2, it is much cheaper.

The phone features a 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) 3:2 display with 433 PPI pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The front-facing camera is a 8-megapixel sensor, and it is able to shoot video at 1080p and 30 frames-per-second. The smartphone has a 8MP fixed focus lens and dedicated selfie flash.

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