New BlackBerry KEY2 LE color variants now available (at questionable prices)

New BlackBerry KEY2 LE color variants now available (at questionable prices)
Back in October, when the BlackBerry KEY2 LE was officially released in the US, customers were able to buy the phone in just one color variant: Slate Grey. As of today, the KEY2 LE comes in two more colors, pictured above: Atomic (a combination of red with dark blue) and Champagne (a combination of champagne gold with the same dark blue).  

For now, the two new BlackBerry KEY2 LE color variants are in stock only at Best Buy here. Interestingly - not in a good way - both the Atomic and Champagne KEY2 LE cost $50 more than the Slate Grey model, being priced at $499.99 unlocked. Colors aside, the three models aren't different, offering the very same specs and compatibility with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Cricket Wireless, and MetroPCS. In other words, if you want to get the Atomic or Champagne versions, you're paying extra just for their changed exterior. 

The KEY2 LE looks a lot like the original BlackBerry KEY2 (released in the summer and currently costing $649), sporting a similar hardware QWERTY keyboard that some users still appreciate - even now, in the era of all-screen phones. But the BlackBerry KEY2 LE isn't as powerful as the regular model, as it features a Snapdragon 636 processor (instead of Snapdragon 660), 4 GB of RAM (instead of 6 GB), and a 3,000 mAh battery (instead of 3,500 mAh). You can find out more about this relatively new Android smartphone from our BlackBerry KEY2 LE preview and our BlackBerry KEY2 LE vs. KEY2 article.

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KEY2 LE
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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20 Comments

1. Whitedot

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

How much drugs one has to take to price this phone at such price?

2. Venom

Posts: 3589; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. They have definitely guaranteed the phones to fail for sure. Blackberry is still stuck in the past where they think they can stick a high price tag on a device and watch it sell.

5. Whitedot

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That's the same TCL that has subsidiaries such as BB, Palm and Alctatel. I don't think they really make money. But they certainly like the idea for some reason to overprixe they phones. That small palm phone for €300. Drug overdosing.

7. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

BlackBerry is not subsidiary of TCL. TCL pay BlackBerry a fee that recur to use their patent, name BlackBerry software, and so on.

9. Whitedot

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Check this out. You'll suprised too :https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/TCL_Corporation

10. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Did you read link you provide? It say that TCL has become licensee of BlackBerry, not that BlackBerry is subsidiary of TCL. “In 2016, TCL reached an agreement with BlackBerry Limited to produce smartphones under the BlackBerry brand,[21] under BlackBerry Mobile.” “In 2016, it contract manufactured the DTEK50 and DTEK60, for BlackBerry Limited, under their flagship BlackBerry brand. In December 2016, it became a licensee of the BlackBerry brand, to manufacture, distribute, and design devices for the global market. As of 2017, it distributes BlackBerry devices under the name of BlackBerry Mobile.” This is all from link that you provide. It prove me right.

11. Whitedot

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Yes I did. Did you look at he column on the right ? I know exactly what TCL does it is rather terminology they use on Wikipedia. Anyway I am aware what use.

12. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You still not reading properly. You do not understand. I read the right side and understand perfect. "BlackBerry Mobile" is subsidiary to TCL because they are created by TCL. "BlackBerry" and "BlackBerry Mobile" are two different and separate company. You think "BlackBerry Mobile" is "BlackBerry" , and that is error. TCL create the company named "BlackBerry Mobile" to sell, manufacture, distribute and so on BlackBerry brand smartphone. Even my comment #10 explain this from quote I provide from the link you put here. Do you understand now?

13. Whitedot

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That's what I meant " Blackberry mobile". Ok I wrote BB but it does not take to be genius to suspect that I meant Blackberry mobile and therefor provided you link where it refers to TCL as BB Mobile. That's should have occurred to you. You take it easy on role model right?

15. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

BB is not short for BlackBerry Mobile. Is not take genius to know this. You make error commet and I correct you. You even try to imply that BlackBerry is subsidiary to TCL, and I correct that with link that you provide. Instead of being defensive, just admit to your error comment and go. That is what mature adult would do.

17. Whitedot

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Do you pretend to be incoherent or you really are? On one hand you reply to my comments but on the other you ignore the fact you talking to another human not yourself.

19. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I do not think you pretend to not know what you talk about. You really do not know what you talk about. You backtrack and try to clean up the fact that you make error comment. Just admit it, say thank you, and go.

14. Whitedot

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That's what I meant " Blackberry mobile". Ok I wrote BB but it does not take to be genius to suspect that I meant Blackberry mobile . You take it easy on role model right?

16. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

My commet above correct you again. BB does not mean BlackBerry Mobile. It not take genius to know this. Just accept correction to your error comment and move on. Mature adult would do this.

18. Whitedot

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

I doubt you have any common skills of interaction to be honest and whatever you write implies one thing you either have no idea what is going here or simply stuck on the first comment. Maybe tea break would help you ?

20. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I doubt you are mature adult. Mature adult would have said "thank you for correction, I was wrong", and go. You even try to defend your error comment with link and I have to correct you. Just say thank you for correction and go lay down. Tomorrow is new day.

3. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

NO thank you! thats a sad joke! the LE should be priced around 300$

4. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

If the KEY One is any indication, just wait a year, and the price of a KEY2 LE will be down in $300-territory or below. It is possible to play waiting games with new phones, and then snap them up a year or more later, new but old-stock, for a strong discount. Even certified refurbished stuff can bring the price down further, where such is available. If I really wanted an iPhone right now, I could get a brand new (old-stock) iPhone 6S for $199.99 at my current carrier... that's 20% of the price of a brand new iPhone XS released this year, for a phone that was top-of-the-line in its class only three years ago, and still has a couple years of updates left in its life-cycle - just for an example.

6. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

This is BestBuy price only. They price the two color this high. This link is from Amazon. They have same Champagne color and it is price lower than this. BestBuy charge fifty dollar more. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H25Q45L BlackBerry do not have nothing to do with this price. It is error to say so. They do not make or price phone anymore. People who say BlackBerry do are spread misinformation. BlackBerry Mobile TCL do not price the two color this high either.

8. CEDEOTB

Posts: 418; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

This phone will be DOA

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