Blackberry KEY2 LE
Blackberry is a household name, I doubt I have to go into detail of introduction and all. It is best known for its security feature and in 2018 August the company added to its already impressive line smartphones the Blackberry KEY2 LE which whom this article belongs. I will do a descriptive piece of it to give insight and make you well informed about this smartphone for whatsoever reasons you may have.
First we take a look at its main features then later on we shall do an in depth review of the KEY2 LE. And before we go any further this are all the versions you should expect to find: BBE100-1, BBE100-4 DS (EU, Africa, AU); BBE100-2 and BBE100-5 DS (NA, LATAM), any other version may well be a counterfeit, you’re welcome.
- GSM, HSPA and LTE network technology
- QWERTY keyboard
- Aluminum frame, plastic back
- Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- – Capacitive touch 4-row BlackBerry keyboard
- IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M colors
- 4.5 inches, 60.0 cm2 (~55.6% screen-to-body ratio)
- 1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~434 ppi density)
- Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
- Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm) chipset
- Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 CPU
- Adreno 509 GPU
- Micro SD, up to 256 GB
- 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
- Main camera
- 13 MP, f/2.2, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, PDAF
5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor
- Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
- 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
- Selfie camera
- 8 MP1080p@30fps
- 3.5mm jack
- – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Design and build of the Blackberry KEY2 LE
Well I would say this one has a typical Blackberry design. Or maybe not typical but a design approach that we most definitely have seen Blackberry take with previous smartphones. This time, like other times we get a smartphone with a physical keypad that sits right below its 4.5 inches display panel. It is a 35 key backlight physical keypad with integrated fingerprint scanner.
When I say back light I mean the keys glow white form a light behind them that allows for keys to be seen even in darkness. And that spacebar key serves as a fingerprint scanner too. It (blackberry KEY2 LE) has that iconic BB U shape. On the back we see the primary camera set up on the top right corner and Blackberry logo on the middle back. Besides the keypad, we also see capacitive touch keys at the bottom of the screen, the screen itself and a top bezel that houses camera and sensors.
Additional information include dedicated keys for volume up/down, lock (for power on/off) and a customizable blackberry convenience key. Oh and I have to mention for the record that, that display is a touch screen.
To be sincerely honest, a 4.5 inch display these days feels quite small. But considering there is a physical QWERTY keyboard here we can pardon the size. At the end of the day, it all boils down to what you like. I personally do not mind this. It is a Capacitive touch 4-row BlackBerry keyboard IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 16M colors and 24 bit color depth and sits on 60.0 cm2 (~55.6% screen-to-body ratio) with 1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio (~434 ppi density) resolution. Size aside, it is very impressive, clear and crisp and as if that were not enough it comes protected with Corning Gorilla Glass, although of unspecified version.
This one can be used as a photo daily driver with its 13 MP, f/2.2, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, PDAF and 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor main camera and 8MP selfie camera. The former has 4K 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps video recording with a Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR and panorama while the latter 1080@30fps video recording. Images, both still and moving are very well taken care of here by all three lenses. That 5MP lens on the back supports the main 13MP one as a depth sensor.
Performance and memory
Well it is no longer news that Blackberry ditched their very own operating system for Android even though they still want to make this already old news new. So yes it runs Android 8.1 (Oreo)- hopefully an update will be rolled. The KEY2 LE has a Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm) chipset, an Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 CPU and Adreno 509 GPU. These a quite impressive stats for a mid-range smartphone as you will experience.
Internal memory here is either 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM. This is relatively low and it is no wonder it can be expanded using a Micro SD card up to 256 GB. The RAM count though is quite okay at 4GB of RAM.
A sealed within non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery is the capacity it packs and Blackberry reports that it should last up to 22.5 hours of mixed usage, that a whole day or there about.
This is one smartphone I can highly recommend for many reasons. Blackberry KEY2 LE, a true boss phone. It is available in colors Slate, Champagne and Atomic- buys yours today at Phone Place Kenya.
Be sure to check out its official website at here and also see its predecessor(s) the Blackberry Key2 and Keyone.