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Blackberry KEY2 Red Edition back panel

If you’re looking for the best BlackBerry phones you can get, we’ll be blunt: the list of devices is quite small and none of them are what we would consider a flagship device. In fact, 2019 is coming to a close and we haven’t seen even one BlackBerry-branded phone launch this year.

The BlackBerry company itself actually doesn’t even make its own smartphones. Instead, it licenses the BlackBerry name to other manufacturers who then make and sell those devices — most notably TCL, which also makes Alcatel phones and just announced its own self-branded device, the TCL Plex.

With the primary manufacturer of BlackBerry-branded smartphones focused on other things, your choices of the best BlackBerry phones are limited to devices that are at least a year old, under-powered by today’s standards, and out-of-date when it comes to Android software.

Related: BlackBerry in 2019: An uphill battle, but one worth fighting

However, that doesn’t mean a BlackBerry phone is a waste of money. The main devices in the line still have a full, physical QWERTY keyboard, something which very few other devices have. These phones also have a relatively small form factor, which other manufacturers have mostly abandoned.

If you definitely want a BlackBerry smartphone, stick to one of the four listed below. We’ve categorized them as the best overall device, the best current device, the best non-keyboard device, and the best device for the Indian market.

Best BlackBerry phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best BlackBerry phones regularly as new devices launch.

1. BlackBerry Key 2 — Best overall device

Released in 2018, the BlackBerry Key 2 is the closest thing to a modern flagship with the BlackBerry name. Granted, it is pretty underpowered by today’s standards, but it will likely deliver the best overall experience for most users.

The Key 2 retains the physical QWERTY keyboard on the front, which sits below the 4.5-inch Full HD display. On the back, you’ll find the trademark rubber grip material that BlackBerry is known for, as well as a pretty decent dual-camera system.

Related: BlackBerry Key 2 review

Inside, you’ll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, which is the same as you’ll find in 2019 mid-rangers such as the Nokia 7.2 and the Redmi Note 7. In other words, you’re not going to see the same power as the Snapdragon 855, but it will get the job done.

There’s also a decent 6GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of internal storage, and a 3,500mAh battery. Those are respectable specs, but nothing noteworthy.

Unfortunately, the BlackBerry Key 2 didn’t get an update to Android 9 Pie, and very likely won’t see an update to Android 10, either. It also isn’t easy to find the device in a brand new state, as it appears TCL is no longer shipping new products. As such, you might need to settle for a used device, but it’s worth seeking out a new one if you can get it.

BlackBerry Key 2 specs:

  • Display: 4.5-inch, FHD
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 660
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64 or 128GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

2. BlackBerry Key 2 LE — Best current device

BlackBerry Key 2 LE

The BlackBerry Key 2 LE is a slightly-cheaper variant of the Key 2. It cuts some corners in the specs department in order to drop the price by just a tad.

Notably, the Key 2 LE is still easy to find in a brand-new state and is still heavily promoted on BlackBerry’s product pages. It hasn’t received an update to Android 9 Pie though, so it’s a safe bet that it won’t be the star of the show for very long.

Related: BlackBerry Key 2 LE review

The Key 2 LE looks pretty much the same as the regular Key 2. The differences are in the specs and they are very subtle. For example, there’s a 3,000mAh battery in the Key 2 LE instead of the 3,500mAh battery in the Key 2. The Key 2 LE also drops the RAM by 2GB, offers lower-capacity storage options, and has a slightly weaker camera system.

You’ll also find a slightly weaker processor in the Key 2 LE: a Snapdragon 636 as compared to the 660 in the Key 2.

Really, the only reason to buy the Key 2 LE over the Key 2 is that it’s easier to find brand new, although it’s still one of the best BlackBerry phones you can buy at all. If you can find a new variant of the Key 2 selling somewhere, definitely grab it. If not, the button below will take you to a page where you can purchase a brand new Key 2 LE, which will be almost as good.

BlackBerry Key 2 LE specs:

  • Display: 4.5-inch, FHD
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 636
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32 or 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 13 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

3. BlackBerry Motion — Best non-keyboard device

For many folks, the physical keyboard on a BlackBerry device is what appeals to them. However, the BlackBerry Motion is the best BlackBerry phone you can grab that doesn’t have this distinct feature. It is, essentially, a standard Android smartphone but with the BlackBerry name attached.

Related: BlackBerry Motion review

Honestly, though, we can’t think of many reasons for you to grab this phone in 2019 unless you are a BlackBerry die-hard. Without the physical QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Motion is simply a 2017-era Android mid-ranger. You can find a better, modern phone at a similar price point pretty easily.

However, if you absolutely want the Motion, you can click the button below to grab one. We strongly recommend checking out some other 2019 mid-range devices, though, such as those from Nokia or even the Google Pixel 3a.

BlackBerry Motion specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, FHD
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 625
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Rear camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 7.1 Nougat

4. BlackBerry Evolve — Best device for India

The BlackBerry Evolve.

The BlackBerry Evolve is one of the best BlackBerry phones you can get — but you can only technically get it in India. Although it’s relatively easy to import the device to other countries, the Evolve series is specifically designed for the Indian audience by Optiemus Infracom, Ltd., an India-based partner.

As you can see from the image above, the Evolve lacks the QWERTY keyboard but still retains some of the BlackBerry design language on the back. Other than that, though, this is essentially a standard budget smartphone running Android.

The device does notably have a pretty large battery — at 4,000mAh, the battery in this device is bigger than some 2019 flagships.

However, the device is still stuck on Android 8.1 Oreo, and will likely stay that way forever. Older operating systems aren’t nearly as energy-efficient as newer ones, so you might not even notice a better battery life with the Evolve as compared to a modern phone with a smaller battery.

Click the button below to buy the BlackBerry Evolve from an India-based merchant.

BlackBerry Evolve specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, FHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 450
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 13 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

These are our picks for the best BlackBerry phones you can get. We’ll be sure to update this post if and when new models hit the market.

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