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The BlackBerry Key2 LE will cut the price by knocking down some specs

If anyone wants a smartphone with a physical keyboard, you might have a new, cheaper option soon.
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August 10, 2018
TL;DR
  • The BlackBerry Key2 LE just leaked, with a photo and some specs.
  • It looks like TCL will release a leaner, cheaper version of this year’s Key2.
  • The physical keyboard sticks around, but pricing and a release date aren’t yet known.

Earlier this year, TCL launched the BlackBerry Key2, the follow-up to last year’s surprisingly well-received BlackBerry KeyOne. Now, via Android Police, we have our first look at the cheaper version of the Key2 – the BlackBerry Key2 LE.

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The hallmark feature of the Key series – the physical keyboard – is still here on the BlackBerry Key2 LE. However, the keyboard looks a bit different than the Key2’s; in fact, it looks more like the keyboard on the KeyOne.

Take a look for yourself:

A leaked image of the BlackBerry Key2 LE.

It might be that TCL is taking the body and build of a Key2, adding the keyboard of the KeyOne, and then knocking down the Key2’s specs a bit to make the Key2 LE kind of a hybrid between the KeyOne and the Key2.

Speaking of specs, according to Android Police’s source, this is what the BlackBerry Key2 LE will have to offer as compared to the BlackBerry Key2:

BlackBerry Key2BlackBerry Key2 LE (Leaked)
Display
BlackBerry Key2
4.5-inch IPS LCD
1,620 x 1,080 resolution
BlackBerry Key2 LE (Leaked)
4.5-inch IPS LCD
1,620 x 1,080 resolution
SoC
BlackBerry Key2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
BlackBerry Key2 LE (Leaked)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM
BlackBerry Key2
6GB
BlackBerry Key2 LE (Leaked)
4GB
Storage
BlackBerry Key2
64GB or 128GB
BlackBerry Key2 LE (Leaked)
32GB or 64GB
Cameras
BlackBerry Key2
Rear: 12MP + 12MP

Front: 8MP
BlackBerry Key2 LE (Leaked)
Rear: 13MP

Front: 5MP
Battery
BlackBerry Key2
3,500mAh
BlackBerry Key2 LE (Leaked)
3,000mAh
Dimensions
BlackBerry Key2
151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5mm
BlackBerry Key2 LE (Leaked)
150.25 x 71.8 x 8.35mm

To be clear, these are leaked specs and should be taken with a grain of salt.

There’s no word on a release date or pricing for the BlackBerry Key2 LE. The Key2 launched with a $650 price tag, which is pretty high for a phone with such a small audience. We can only assume the Key2 LE will be cheaper than that, but by how much we don’t know.

What do you think? Are you in the market for an Android phone with a physical keyboard? Let us know in the comments!

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