BlackBerry KEY2 LE

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The BlackBerry KEY2 LE currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


BGR

That keyboard on the Key2 LE may not have been ideal even for typing out this rather large review, but it grows on you in a way that touchscreen keyboards don’t. I want to end this review by saying that Key2 LE may not be for all but it will do justice to those who do see some sense in it.

- Karthekayan Iyer, BGR
Digit

The KEY2 LE is definitely still a BlackBerry in that it comes with a long list of BlackBerry-specific features, which nearly justifies its high asking price of Rs 29,990. That said, it loses out heavily on standard smartphone points like camera and audio.

- Vignesh Giridharan, Digit
Pocket-lint

At £349, the price reflects the mid-range specs, but what you get is still a solid, productivity-boosting device that holds true to the values you'd expect from a BlackBerry. You really don't miss much from the more expensive aluminium Key2, except the better camera which - for some - will make the...

- Cam Bunton, Pocket-lint
Tech Advisor

The BlackBerry Key2 LE is a well-priced mid-range phone that benefits from very similar design to the regular Key2. But performance issues let it down, and we recommend the Key2 over it.

- Henry Burrell, Tech Advisor
Coolsmartphone

Having used a few Blackberry devices recently, I pretty much knew what I was expecting from the KEY2 LE. Most people really into their specs will go for the higher version at the more expensive price. The LE does a great job at fitting in at the mid-range, or those people who just want to bang aroun...

- Dan Carter, Coolsmartphone


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Common Questions


BlackBerry released the KEY2 LE on October 1, 2018.


The KEY2 LE price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare BlackBerry KEY2 LE prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE user manual here.


BlackBerry backs up the KEY2 LE with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.5"

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE's screen size is 4.5 inches with 1080 x 1620 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 Octa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 1350 minutes.

KEY2 LE Specs

Overview
Release date October 1, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 Octa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.93 W/kg
Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1350 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Slate, Champagne, Atomic
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.025 x 7.18 x 0.835 cm (5.9 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 156 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1620 pixels
Pixel density 434 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.2
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (5 MP 2nd camera, f/2.4), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, QCP
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (BlackBerry apps, Google apps)
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


BGR

Qwerty becomes affordable

from BGR

That keyboard on the Key2 LE may not have been ideal even for typing out this rather large review, but it grows on you in a way that touchscreen keyboards don’t. I want to end this review by saying that Key2 LE may not be for all but it will do justice to those who do see some sense in it.

Read full review

That keyboard on the Key2 LE may not have been ideal even for typing out this rather large review, but it grows on you in a way that touchscreen keyboards don’t. I want to end this review by saying that Key2 LE may not be for all but it will do justice to those who do see some sense in it.

Read full review

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Digit

Quite weak in the camera and audio departments

from Digit

The KEY2 LE is definitely still a BlackBerry in that it comes with a long list of BlackBerry-specific features, which nearly justifies its high asking price of Rs 29,990. That said, it loses out heavily on standard smartphone points like camera and audio.

Read full review

The KEY2 LE is definitely still a BlackBerry in that it comes with a long list of BlackBerry-specific features, which nearly justifies its high asking price of Rs 29,990. That said, it loses out heavily on standard smartphone points like camera and audio.

Read full review

Less

Pocket-lint

Productivity and performance without the price

from Pocket-lint

At £349, the price reflects the mid-range specs, but what you get is still a solid, productivity-boosting device that holds true to the values you'd expect from a BlackBerry. You really don't miss much from the more expensive aluminium Key2, except the better camera which - for some - will make the LE model a no-go.

Read full review

At £349, the price reflects the mid-range specs, but what you get is still a solid, productivity-boosting device that holds true to the values you'd expect from a BlackBerry. You really don't miss much from the more expensive aluminium Key2, except the better camera which - for some - will make the LE model a no-go.

Read full review

Less

Tech Advisor

A cheaper version of the Key2

from Tech Advisor

The BlackBerry Key2 LE is a well-priced mid-range phone that benefits from very similar design to the regular Key2. But performance issues let it down, and we recommend the Key2 over it.

Read full review

The BlackBerry Key2 LE is a well-priced mid-range phone that benefits from very similar design to the regular Key2. But performance issues let it down, and we recommend the Key2 over it.

Read full review

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Coolsmartphone

A decent cut-down version of the original Key2

from Coolsmartphone

Having used a few Blackberry devices recently, I pretty much knew what I was expecting from the KEY2 LE. Most people really into their specs will go for the higher version at the more expensive price. The LE does a great job at fitting in at the mid-range, or those people who just want to bang ar...More

Having used a few Blackberry devices recently, I pretty much knew what I was expecting from the KEY2 LE. Most people really into their specs will go for the higher version at the more expensive price. The LE does a great job at fitting in at the mid-range, or those people who just want to bang around text on a keyboard and not have to pay a premium to do it.

Read full review

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Know Your Mobile

Gorgeous design, great keyboard

from Know Your Mobile

A good-looking throwback to a simpler age, but the lack of power and that strange screen ratio might put some people off.

Read full review

A good-looking throwback to a simpler age, but the lack of power and that strange screen ratio might put some people off.

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Digital Trends

Should stand for lowered expectations

from Digital Trends

It’s all a little confusing. The Key2 LE isn’t for someone who is also looking at an Honor Play, considering a OnePlus 6, or any other reasonably-priced Android phone. The lower-spec, cheaper BlackBerry Key2 LE is a very good advertisement for the better, more technically-adept BlackBerry Key...More

It’s all a little confusing. The Key2 LE isn’t for someone who is also looking at an Honor Play, considering a OnePlus 6, or any other reasonably-priced Android phone. The lower-spec, cheaper BlackBerry Key2 LE is a very good advertisement for the better, more technically-adept BlackBerry Key2. Even after only a short time with the phone, we’d suggest looking at it instead.

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Mobile Syrup

Rounding out the curve

from Mobile Syrup

TCL’s newest BlackBerry is eerily reminiscent of one of the most popular BlackBerries in history. In terms of the overall software experience, TCL hasn’t introduced any substantially drastic changes to the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. Perhaps the most notable new software tweak is the ability to activ...More

TCL’s newest BlackBerry is eerily reminiscent of one of the most popular BlackBerries in history. In terms of the overall software experience, TCL hasn’t introduced any substantially drastic changes to the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. Perhaps the most notable new software tweak is the ability to activate the Google Assistant and Google Lens by long-pressing and double-tapping the Convenience Key, respectively.

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Expert Reviews

The cheaper keyboard warrior

from Expert Reviews

Finally addressing the biggest issue with its successors, the Key2 LE is generously equipped at its current price. The physical keyboard could be the deciding factor for many potential pundits, especially if they have fond memories of the usurped on-the-go email king.

Read full review

Finally addressing the biggest issue with its successors, the Key2 LE is generously equipped at its current price. The physical keyboard could be the deciding factor for many potential pundits, especially if they have fond memories of the usurped on-the-go email king.

Read full review

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TechRadar

A QWERTY keyboard at a lower price point

from TechRadar

They Key2 LE makes a physical keyboard-toting smartphone more accessible with a lower price tag.

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They Key2 LE makes a physical keyboard-toting smartphone more accessible with a lower price tag.

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