The BlackBerry Key2 LE is essentially the Key 2 light, offering that classic keyboard luxury at a low price. It may not be a mainstream phone, but it brings some of the best Key 2 features for a fraction of the price. The target audience of this affordable work phone is surely going to love it. The handset comes with a thoughtful range of apps with a focus on security and productivity. You may have to compromise on processing power, keyboard with capacitive touch, and the aluminum frame that featured in the Key 2, but the trade-offs will be worth the savings. Let’s have a detailed BlackBerry Key2 LE review and find out what else is on offer.
If you loved the BlackBerry Key 2, you’ll love the Key2 LE as well because it’s almost identical to its predecessor. You get the same straight-edged, chunky design with that grippy rubber back. However, the metal in it has been substituted with polycarbonate or plastic. The back is soft and textured to offer extra grip.
The front of the phone features the same 4.5” display as the Key 2, with a signature BlackBerry Keyboard under it. On its top edge, the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack. The volume rocker, textured power button, and a customizable convenience key are placed on the right edge of the device. The SIM tray, however, sits on the left edge. At the bottom, it has a USB-C port and dual speakers.
The Key2 LE features a 4.5” touch LCD, which is quite a surprise for a midrange handset. The display offers 1620x1080 pixels resolution and 434ppi pixel density, making it a quality panel with realistic color reproduction. Though the top brightness may not be too dazzling, you get Gorilla Glass protection to keep it safe in accidental falls. Overall, the colors are accurate, and the screen is bright enough for outdoor and indoor use.
It comes equipped with a dual camera setup on its back, featuring a 13MP primary shooter with an f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP secondary lens with an f/2.4 aperture. The front camera is an 8MP snapper.
When it comes to the quality, both the cameras give crisp and detailed photos in bright light. However, when the light is less-than-perfect, you’ll find both the rear and front cameras struggling. It does have a dual-tone LED flash to counter that to some extent.
The Key2 LE is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset and features 4GB of RAM. Besides, you get 64 GB of storage, which is quite respectable for a midrange device like this. It gives good performance overall, with a slight lag in launching apps and multitasking with over half a dozen apps open at the same time.