BlackBerry KEY2 LE review

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 19 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...


Notebookcheck

TCL has created a slimmed down version of the KEY2 without sacrificing in key areas. The performance difference between the KEY2 LE and the KEY2 is hardly noticeable unless they are both pushed hard, while both devices have comparable battery life despite the former having a 500 mAh smaller battery....

- Florian Schmitt, Notebookcheck
TechRadar

A 'light' version of the Key2, the Key2 LE offers the classic BlackBerry keyboard in a less pricey package. It's not a mainstream proposition, but its target audience will love it.

- Holly Brockwell, TechRadar
Digital Trends

The BlackBerry Key2 LE is a business phone, for businesses to buy. It doesn’t have the same high-tech attraction of the Key2, and the substandard camera and small screen mean it can’t quite cut it as a smartphone all-rounder.

- Andy Boxall, Digital Trends
NDTV

Unless you're utterly and completely certain by now that you need a physical keyboard, the Key2 LE is not the best use of your money. You could also look at several good options at lower prices that would save you some money, and subscribe to BlackBerry's Android app suite for a small amount each mo...

- Jamshed Avari, NDTV
Phone Scoop

This phone is for people who want a physical keyboard, some extra work tools, and BlackBerry's software. If you consume lots of media (particularly video), go with a normal, slate-style device.

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop


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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.


If your KEY2 LE has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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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


Notebookcheck

A decent business smartphone

from Notebookcheck

TCL has created a slimmed down version of the KEY2 without sacrificing in key areas. The performance difference between the KEY2 LE and the KEY2 is hardly noticeable unless they are both pushed hard, while both devices have comparable battery life despite the former having a 500 mAh smaller batte...More

TCL has created a slimmed down version of the KEY2 without sacrificing in key areas. The performance difference between the KEY2 LE and the KEY2 is hardly noticeable unless they are both pushed hard, while both devices have comparable battery life despite the former having a 500 mAh smaller battery. Moreover, we suspect that the KEY2 LE’s weaker camera will not affect business customers. The only practical compromise is the lack of keyboard touch gestures, which proved useful during our time with the KEY2.

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TechRadar

The business phone with a party price

from TechRadar

A 'light' version of the Key2, the Key2 LE offers the classic BlackBerry keyboard in a less pricey package. It's not a mainstream proposition, but its target audience will love it.

Read full review

A 'light' version of the Key2, the Key2 LE offers the classic BlackBerry keyboard in a less pricey package. It's not a mainstream proposition, but its target audience will love it.

Read full review

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Digital Trends

Shunning high-tech features, the phone borders on the boring

from Digital Trends

The BlackBerry Key2 LE is a business phone, for businesses to buy. It doesn’t have the same high-tech attraction of the Key2, and the substandard camera and small screen mean it can’t quite cut it as a smartphone all-rounder.

Read full review

The BlackBerry Key2 LE is a business phone, for businesses to buy. It doesn’t have the same high-tech attraction of the Key2, and the substandard camera and small screen mean it can’t quite cut it as a smartphone all-rounder.

Read full review

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NDTV

The processor and cameras are disappointing but battery life is good

from NDTV

Unless you're utterly and completely certain by now that you need a physical keyboard, the Key2 LE is not the best use of your money. You could also look at several good options at lower prices that would save you some money, and subscribe to BlackBerry's Android app suite for a small amount each month.

Read full review

Unless you're utterly and completely certain by now that you need a physical keyboard, the Key2 LE is not the best use of your money. You could also look at several good options at lower prices that would save you some money, and subscribe to BlackBerry's Android app suite for a small amount each month.

Read full review

Less

Phone Scoop

It's strictly for keyboard die-hards

from Phone Scoop

This phone is for people who want a physical keyboard, some extra work tools, and BlackBerry's software. If you consume lots of media (particularly video), go with a normal, slate-style device.

Read full review

This phone is for people who want a physical keyboard, some extra work tools, and BlackBerry's software. If you consume lots of media (particularly video), go with a normal, slate-style device.

Read full review

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Tom's Guide

The keyboard you can afford

from Tom's Guide

The BlackBerry Key2 LE offers a physical keyboard nearly as good as the one on the standard model for $200 less. But a cheap design, unimpressive camera and poor battery life hold the Key2 LE back.

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The BlackBerry Key2 LE offers a physical keyboard nearly as good as the one on the standard model for $200 less. But a cheap design, unimpressive camera and poor battery life hold the Key2 LE back.

Read full review

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Mobile Syrup

Mid-range quality, mid-range performance, but a mid-range price

from Mobile Syrup

If you absolutely need to own a BlackBerry smartphone in 2018, the KEY2 LE is definitely the device to purchase. Not only is the device cheaper than its slightly older sibling, it features almost the same internal specifications. Ultimately, the decision to purchase a BlackBerry over genuine flag...More

If you absolutely need to own a BlackBerry smartphone in 2018, the KEY2 LE is definitely the device to purchase. Not only is the device cheaper than its slightly older sibling, it features almost the same internal specifications. Ultimately, the decision to purchase a BlackBerry over genuine flagship Android phones or other mid-range phones is a largely aesthetic one. If software keyboards simply won’t serve your need, and if you don’t mind slightly underpowered processors, then the KEY2 LE is the optimal choice.

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Canadian Reviewer

More affordable and mid-range focused handset

from Canadian Reviewer

For anyone pining for a BlackBerry keyboard on a more affordable device or people seeking a second smartphone designed specifically for messaging, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE hits a lot of the sweet spot features from the KEY 2.

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For anyone pining for a BlackBerry keyboard on a more affordable device or people seeking a second smartphone designed specifically for messaging, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE hits a lot of the sweet spot features from the KEY 2.

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Fone Arena

Good build quality, average camera and smooth performance

from Fone Arena

In this modern, bezeless, big-screen smartphones era, it is good to have an option like BlackBerry 2LE with a physical keyboard. This device might not appeal for the larger part of the audience since it doesn’t tick any criteria as per the user requirement. The Blackberry Key 2LE is neither a m...More

In this modern, bezeless, big-screen smartphones era, it is good to have an option like BlackBerry 2LE with a physical keyboard. This device might not appeal for the larger part of the audience since it doesn’t tick any criteria as per the user requirement. The Blackberry Key 2LE is neither a media consumption device, nor the fastest one as well. If you leave the Rs. 29,990 price tag out of the equation, BlackBerry 2LE is an above average device with a good build quality, average camera and smooth performance.

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TrustedReviews

Remains a ‘BlackBerry die-hards only’ affair

from TrustedReviews

It’s not a media powerhouse, nor is it the fastest phone on the market, and its camera is mediocre at best. But then, you could say the exact same thing about the Key2. Sure, the Key2 LE is a worse phone but it’s arguably better value.

Read full review

It’s not a media powerhouse, nor is it the fastest phone on the market, and its camera is mediocre at best. But then, you could say the exact same thing about the Key2. Sure, the Key2 LE is a worse phone but it’s arguably better value.

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