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BlackBerry KEY2 LE

Announced: August 2018.OS: Android 8.1 Oreo. VDRD-summary: It is better not to buy!
Starting price of $445. Starting price of: 27 537 ₽. Starting price of: 16 421 ₴.
Status: Archived.
  • Screen 4.5" IPS LCD
  • Rear сamera 13 MP 2 modules
  • Selfie camera 8 MP
  • CPU 8 cores Snapdragon 636
  • Memory 4 GB RAM
  • Storage 32/64 GB ROM
  • Memory cards microSDXC
  • Battery 3 000 mAh
  • Thickness 8.4 mm
  • Sim Cards 2 items dual sim
  • Form factor QWERTY keyboard
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Short description BlackBerry KEY2 LE

This is a smartphone on Android 8.1 Oreo with a very fast and productive processor, with a handy touchscreen size, with a great camera that has 2 modules (13 MP, 5 MP Depth sensor), and the front camera here turned out to be absolutely ordinary. The body of BlackBerry KEY2 LE has received a non-standard form factor: it is a touchscreen with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Today, this type of phones bodies seems strange and not very practical, but earlier it was an interesting solution. And BlackBerry KEY2 LE has such features: a slot for two SIM cards.

Versions: BBE100-1, BBE100-4 DS (EU, Africa, AU); BBE100-2, BBE100-5 DS (NA, LATAM).

Disclaimer. The table shows the main technical characteristics of the device. For a full list of features and capabilities of this model, see the manufacturer’s website. We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.

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Android version and market relevance

The company Blackberry in August 2018 officially announced its new smartphone BlackBerry KEY2 LE. In our subjective opinion, this year one of the important parameters for smartphones has become support for 5G networks, and this new model, unfortunately, it did not receive such an opportunity and will not be able to work in 5G networks. Therefore, if this is important to you, then go to our page in the catalog where all 5G smartphones are assembled.

“Out of the box” on the new smartphone installed Android 8.1 Oreo, which did not receive any version updates. And besides, it is important to note immediately that the model BlackBerry KEY2 LE supports two SIM cards (view all smartphones with 2 sim cards in the catalog).

Screen, body and battery

Briefly describe the screen and the body of the smartphone. BlackBerry KEY2 LE received IPS LCD-screen measuring 4.5 inches. This screen size falls into the most popular segment — it is not too big, but not small either. If you do not have a large palm, then any smartphone with a screen of 4 to 5 inches should ideally suit you.

And now let’s move on to describing the dimensions of the case. The thickness of the smartphone BlackBerry KEY2 LE is 8.4 mm. This model, you can call “fat”, because today many smartphones with thinner cases are already being manufactured. And in such dimensions the engineers managed to put the battery on 3 000 mAh, which is the average value in the market.

Another of the features of the hull, we note that BlackBerry KEY2 LE has QWERTY keyboard. This model could become a flip smartphone and get into our catalog on a separate page, where all phones with flexible screens are collected. Unfortunately, this did not happen. And therefore, if you are interested in smartphones with such top-end characteristics, we advise you to look at them in our catalog and get a deeper understanding in which direction the entire mobile electronics industry is moving. Perhaps, in a couple of years, every second person on the planet will have such flip smartphones.

Main camera and selfie camera

The smartphone BlackBerry KEY2 LE has two cameras: main camera (13 MP with a regular lens + 5 MP Depth sensor) and front-camera (8 MP with a regular lens). If you look at the quality of the photo of the main camera, then it will be medium-quality photos and videos.

In addition, the main camera has a feature, namely an additional module. It is better to judge about the advantages and disadvantages of several lenses in one smartphone, as well as about the possibilities of software image enhancement, by real photos and videos taken with such a camera. Therefore, be sure to look at all the photos of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE on this page in order to draw your conclusion on whether this is a good camera or not.

In this smartphone, the front camera is located as usual at the top of the screen, like in 99.9% of other models. We have collected smartphones with pop-up front camera in the catalog that may seem much more interesting to you. In these models, there are practically no frames around the screen, because the front camera is located inside the case and does not take up space above the screen. The selfie camera only pops up when you activate the front camera mode. Take a photo or video, exit the Camera application. And after that, the socket with the front camera drives into the body. Real engineering magic!

Processor and Internal Memory

Brilliant multi-core processor Snapdragon 636 installed in BlackBerry KEY2 LE. 4 GB of RAM will help make the interface work smoother. There is also built-in memory in the smartphone, which stores photos, videos, music and all your other data. The amount of this built-in memory is 32/64 GB. Memory cards you can also use, in this model are supported microSDXC-cards.

Price for BlackBerry KEY2 LE: buy or not to buy?

Price BlackBerry KEY2 LE at the start of sales was $445. A smartphone with this price level got into the price segment “Above average smartphones from $400 to $500” and got a very powerful processor, a medium-sized touchscreen, and the front camera is not too cool with a decent main camera.

If you want to buy BlackBerry KEY2 LE, you can choose any online store or offline electronics store, the main thing is to have a guarantee for the smartphone and the desired version of the model you have chosen.

Before buying, if you have the opportunity, it is better to hold the phone in your hands, check the screen, the quality of the photo and video, look at the smoothness and speed of the interface. Never buy a “cat in a bag”, be sure to check everything before buying. Today, good smartphones are worth a lot of money, so it′s better to spend an extra ten minutes to eventually buy the model that will work well one or two years and help you in everything.

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