- Analysis by KJ David
Basically the BlackBerry KEY2 brought down to a lower price point, the KEY2 LE's cons include a downgraded dual-lens rear camera setup , this time being composed of a 13-megapixel main cam and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing subsidy cam -- the original KEY2 rocks twin 12-megapixel lenses. Having said that, with a 4K/UHD video-recording capability (3840 x 2160) and a dual-tone LED flash among its imaging specs, this KEY2 variant could still rub elbows with some popular photography-driven phones out there.
Its hardware pros and cons suffered a couple of downgrades as well, one of which is the fact that it replaces the KEY2's 2.2GHz (top speed) Snapdragon 660 eight-core engine with a Snapdragon 636 chip that peaks at only 1.8GHz -- the best eight-core phones listed here at Phonerated usually clock in at more than 2.5GHz. Additionally, the KEY2 LE brought its base model's high-caliber 6GB RAM down to only 4GB, not that 4GB of RAM was entirely disappointing when it entered the market.
As for its pros, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE dons BB's signature business-oriented 35-key QWERTY keyboard right below its 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 display, with its fingerprint scanner embedded right into the spacebar. It is also preloaded with a bunch of BB-branded security and business apps , such as the DTEK security suite and the Locker app featuring FireFox focus for secure web browsing.
Going back to its hardware setup, the KEY2 LE's 64GB/32GB native storage, which can be expanded by a maximum of 256GB sounds satisfactory, despite being half of what the KEY2 offers (128GB). Also, its 3000mAh battery QC3.0 battery is just what the doctor ordered, at least relative to its overall selection of pros and cons. Note, though, that its raw power cap flounders in comparison to the 4000mAh capacities offered by a few similarly-specked models that also hit the market around the time of this technical review.
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The KEY2 LE delivers an 8-megapixel front-facing camera aided by an LCD flash function, which, considering its inclination towards business, sounds like a decent effort from BlackBerry.
Rounding things out for this Android-run BB phone is a soft-textured backing and a finish of either Slate, Champagne, or Atomic (Red), the latter two being deviations from the brand's typical Black-and-Grey colorway. So, although it cuts a few corners, the KEY2 LE nevertheless features essential BlackBerry perks, making it a feasible purchase for business-minded users who do not mind dealing with less-than-flagship specs.
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