- Budget Phone costs AU$699
- Solid physical keyboard
- Similar to Key2
- Available in range of colours.
- Dual Lens Camera
- 3000mAh battery.
- Security-minded software
Key2 LE is the new Blackberry phone which is a budget smartphone but with few downsides like in comparison to Key 2 Blackbery degrades its processor, RAM, cameras and battery size in this phone and trades its aluminum construction for polycarbonate.
The Key 2 LE comes in three different colors — Slate, Champagne which is gold and Turbo which is red. The phone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There’s a microSD slot on the side of the phone that allows you to expand capacity up to 256GB.
BlackBerry Key2 LE Specs
The OS: Android 8.1 Oreo and the screen size is 4.5 inch LCD, CPU is Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and RAM is 4 GB with 64 GB storage up to 256 GB microSDslot, The real camera with dual lens is 13 MP and front camera is 8 MP.
The Key2 LE incorporates a plastic frame, making it about half an ounce lighter. And features a plastic ring encircling the display and keyboard, joining the face of the device with those faux-brushed metal sides. The rubbery, soft-touch backing has also been refinished with a new dotted pattern that doesn’t feel quite as grippy as the fine diamond texture of the original model and you can’t swipe on the keyboard to scroll through web pages. However, the spacebar still functions as a fingerprint sensor, and the Speed Key has been preserved for keystroke shortcuts.
The camera employs a dual-lens setup on the back for portraits with artistic bokeh, though the Key2 LE’s 13-megapixel main sensor and 5-MP depth sensor are exclusive to this model and different from the stereo 12-MP setup in the Key2. It also integrates Google Lens (as well as Google Assistant and Google Pay) so users are able to access information about the things that are pointing their phone at by simply turning the camera on. Finally, the battery capacity has been downsized from 3,500 mAh to 3,000 mAh.
Key 2 LE KeyBoard is awesome. 35-key Smart Keypad on the front which looks just like a miniature PC keyboard. The keypad allows quick and easy typing for work related operations such as emails and document edits.
Also the BlackBerry’s DTEK suite, which serves as the nexus of all the Key2 LE’s security-minded features, remains mostly unchanged from previous devices. That means you get detailed reports of what apps are abusing permissions. Other tools, such as the Privacy Locker encrypted folder and Redactor for markup, are designed to safeguard your business secrets.
There is one new addition to DTEK’s repertoire, however, and it comes in the form of app cloning. Now, software that is typically tied to a single device like WhatsApp or Snapchat and can be duplicated if you so choose, allowing you to use both your personal and professional profiles on the same phone so this means cloned apps and multiple accounts can be tied to individual SIM cards and therefore phone numbers which is great for social media professionals. It has Speed Key with 52 customised universal shortcuts so you don’t always have to return to the home screen to access your favourite apps, contacts or functions.
Buy the Key 2 LE Blackberry online at Shopbot or at Amazon or any other Blackberry store.