U.S. consumers can now pre-order the BlackBerry KEY2 LE from Amazon; phone ships October 12th

U.S. consumers can now pre-order the BlackBerry KEY2 LE from Amazon; phone ships October 12th
So let's say that you love just about everything about the BlackBerry KEY2, from the physical QWERTY keyboard, to the Speed Key that allows you to switch between apps in the blink of an eye. And you daydream about taking pictures and videos using the dual camera setup on the back of the phone. But there is one thing holding you back from pulling the trigger on purchasing the device. That is the $649.99 price tag for the 64GB model. But there is a solution.

Starting today, U.S. consumers are able to pre-order the BlackBerry KEY2 LE from Amazon. This phone has many of the same features found on the KEY2, but with slightly reduced specs. And the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is priced at $449.99, 31% cheaper than the higher priced model.

The KEY2 LE has the same 4.5-inch LCD screen carrying a resolution of 1080 x 1620. But instead of the Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform that powers the KEY2, the lower priced handset has the Snapdragon 636 chipset under the hood. It also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. The dual cameras on back weigh in at 13MP and 5MP, with an 8MP front-facing selfie snapper.

While the KEY2's 3500mAh battery provides up to 48 hours of life between charges, the KEY2 LE sports a smaller 3000mAh battery. Still, the KEY2 LE does offer the Speed Key, the same physical keyboard, and all of the little things (BlackBerry Privacy Shade, DTEK privacy app, BlackBerry Hub) made available for free to those using an Android powered BlackBerry handset.

As we said, pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEY2 LE are being accepted today from Amazon, and will ship starting on October 12th. Color options are Slate and Champagne. If interested, click on the appropriate sourcelink below.

source: Amazon (1), (2) via CrackBerry

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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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1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3111; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

From personal use I can say the 636 is a more than capable processor. On paper, the CPU, smallish display size and 4GB of RAM should be more than enough to provide a good working unit. However, the BlackBerry Security Suite is a resource hog so it remains to be seen how well this combo works. There's no doubt it'll work better than the KEYone and it's priced about the same so it should do well. I'll let Meanest buy one and give us all a proper mini review.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

"I'll let Meanest buy one..." LMAO LMAO LMAO! I'm actually back on the Key1, the All Black Stealth Attack Vader Edition. It has the 4 gigs of RAM and 64 gigs of ROM, and I can say that the BlackBerry Security Suite doesn't bog this down or take up too much resources not one bit, and that's with the SD625. The extra gig helps a lot. This Key1 works better than the silver edition Key1. I'm certain that the Key2 LE will have no issues running well, since it has the same internals as the Black Edition Key1.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pardon, the Key2 LE has the better processor in the SD636 as well.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3111; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm glad you're having better luck with the Black Edition. Even turning off all animations I couldn't speed up my K1 enough. It lagged like an older Samsung. It's a shame because it's only one of two unlocked phones I've ever used that supported T-Mobile's VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling properly. The Essential PH-1 was horrible at keeping a signal. I don't know where some of the comments have come from (ignorance I suppose) but the K1 had an awesome camera too. But FU*K that LAG!

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Camera on the Key1 is definitely awesome! Which Key1 did you use, the Special Edition Black (not the "space black" from AT&T. That one was the same as the Key1 SE.) or the Key1 SE? If the SE, then it's the 3 gigs of RAM which couldn't handle the BlackBerry Security Suite over time. The All Black Stealth Attack Vader Edition with the 4 gigs handles it like a champ. And I got it for $350. It's the international variant for the Indian market. It has LTE bands for T-Mobile, so I jumped on it.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3111; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yeah, I had the Silver with 3GB. Sounds like you made out like a champ with that Vader Edition.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Man, I love it. Glad I picked it up.

12. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's just only a year old and already starting to lag. That tells you that they should have gone with the Black Edition over whatever they released first. I think you can say that the camera is ok for a midrange but nothing to write home about.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

The camera is excellent. Something you’d know if you actually owned and used one.

29. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You're not exactly an unbiased party, so who are you to say?

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3111; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It lagged from day 1 and I've said as much on previous articles. You should know this because you're in every single one of them with your nonsense. TCL went cheap with the hardware choices, not BlackBerry, another fact nugget you can't seem to get through your thick skull. The camera is not just ok, it's very good. Even hard-core BlackBerry hating sites have mentioned it in their reviews. But you'd never know since you've never owned one nor will you ever.

25. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, I shouldn't know anything about you or your inability to operate technology outside the stone age. That's why I said they should have gone with the Black Edition when they first released the KeyONE. And for the record, just because you encountered lag from the beginning doesn't mean someone else did. There's a saying "your mileage may vary depending on the circumstances." I'm not going to sugar coat anything. Like I said before, it's ok for what it can do. Plain and simple.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

And what tech have you used? And don’t pull up any more photoshopped images like you did in your flash account. You keep pretending to know about tech, but the fact is you’ve never owned a modern smartphone, or you would have posted a pic to prove me wrong. Your megalomania would not allow you to do otherwise. And the camera in the KEYᵒⁿᵉ is great. You’d know this if you actually used and owned one, which proves that you haven’t used one and that you done own one. Plain and simple, no sugar coat at all. Crispin said the absolute truth about you being here on BlackBerry articles with your nonsense. It’s like you’re a scorned ex lover or something. Your animosity towards BlackBerry is borderline psychotic. This is your 10th account, and you’re still attacking them. Waiting for your typical copout response of: “I don’t have anything to prove to you blah blah blah”, when we both know that you’ve never owned any smartphone that you say you’ve owned, since your mxyzptlk account.

30. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You keep on spewing the same conjecture over and over even though I have told you multiple times that I'm not who you think I am. You are so obsessed with what I use and have used that you are losing your mind, not that there was much to lose to begin with. I don't have a thing to prove to you. We both know that you're just going to dismiss any and every thing that puts you in your place. You can call it whatever you want to call it, but the facts are just the facts whether you want to believe it or not. Ok, whatever floats your boat. Not my fault if you're the one who has multiple confirmed accounts.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

You keep lying over and over again, even though everyone knows that you're mxyzptlk, and YOU know that everyone knows. It doesn't make one iota of difference what you say, as you're always posting fabrications. We both know that you will never be man enough to admit that you're really the super troll mxyzptlk that I made deactivate his first account and got his last eight ones banned, just like I know you'll continue to live in denial about me always putting you in your place. You can deny the truth all you want, but the truth doesn't need you to accept it for it to be true. And EVERYONE knows that you're the multi account troll mxyzptlk.

2. hf199

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I don't think anyone cares right now and most likely everyone forgot about this launch since the new I phones being released and then the Pixel line.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Anyone that's in the market for a physical keyboard handset that focuses on productivity and privacy, but are on a budget, will be going for this smartphone. It's a niche market, yes, but there are people who want/need a BlackBerry smartphone for what it can deliver. Prosumers and those that work in ultra secure markets come to mind. To say that no one cares right now is absolutely false. Not everyone wants, needs or can afford a $1000+ smartphone.

10. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

To be honest, I literally forgot about this phone. Between the new iPhone releases, the Note 9, whatever the heck LG is going to toss out next, and the superior Pixels, I actually forgot that there was another blackberry coming out. I think that should tell you how they fumbled this launch.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

It hasn’t even launched yet, so it’s a bit of a stretch to say that they fumbled it. You’d know it didn’t launch if you actually read the article. And those in the market for a physical keyboard device aren’t necessarily looking for all touch ones. And “superior pixels”? LMAO! Not in the software department or the “have less bugs” department, that’s for sure.

31. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Calm down. You are getting too triggered over something trivial.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! You're so triggered because I shut you down with the truth.

11. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I feel like this device is unnecessary. The KeyTWO should have been released at the same price point as this one because it doesn't really offer anything imo that warrants a $600 price tag. This one takes too many liberties to become an "affordable" KeyTWO alternative. I think they have done a poor job with the KeyTWO and it's disappointing since the KeyTWO isn't a bad device. It's just not a device worth $600 when you can easily get a flagship device at that price or even less. Take the S9 for instance.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s not unnecessary if you look at it for what it actually is, which is lower cost, lesser spec‘ Key2. Just like the iPhone 8/8 Plus, the S9/S9+, and Pixel 2/Pixel 2XL. By your logic, the smaller, less expensive devices of those I just named are unnecessary as well.

16. perry1234

Posts: 632; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Well meanestgenius, I humbly disagree with the options you have given. The magnitude of compromise on iPhone 8 vs 8 Plus, S9 vs S9+ , Pixel 2 vs Pile 2XL is lesser compared to Key2 and Key2LE.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

You disagree (humbly) only because the Key2 LE uses a different SoC and build quality, I’m sure. But those other phones I mentioned have differences as well, like the camera. The point is that they provide a similar experience for their respective OEM’s at a lesser price. The same can be said for the Key2/Key2 LE.

19. perry1234

Posts: 632; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

The Key2 LE's camera is a downgrade compared to KEY2 too ( I see that it uses slower f/2.2 aperture and a lower res secondary camera)...and it lacks the excellent capacitive keyboard feature. Couple that with the less premium plastic used, lesser RAM (4 vs 6GB) , lesser storage (32 and 64, vs 128) and the slower CPU and GPU , I am sure the experience would be less stellar compared to KEY2. In case of iPhone and Samsung, there was a downgrade in RAM and the telephoto lens. Build, processor , main camera remained the same. So the experience hit would not be that high. I consider the experience to comprise of the feel in the hand+software too. So therefore the hit in performance would be more tangible in case of KEY2 / KEY2 LE.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hits in the experience from all of those that I mentioned is definitely going to happen, and you have mentioned. But the Key2 LE will still offer the "BlackBerry Experience" for the most part, due to the onboard software being the same (it is the same software, btw), and a physical keyboard + the new Speed Key being present (sans the keyboard having capacitive capabilities). The performance should also be a step up from the All Black Edition Key1 due to the more powerful SoC.

22. perry1234

Posts: 632; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Yeah , a BB Experience at a good entry point. I think Key2LE is all about that. Perhaps the LE consumers may upgrade to the fully decked out Key3 once it launches. I seriously thought Priv form factor was the way to go. Best of both worlds , a multimedia screen and a good keyboard (okay, it wasn’t ask good as Key2, but a follow up can definitely have a better keyboard).

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

The PRIV is the best looking BlackBerry to date, and I'm the type of guy that prefers the formfactor of the Key1/Key2.

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3111; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

He was trying to illustrate a price point disparity more than anything. If there was feature parity, a smaller and less expensive model of the same line is redundant like you find with the Sony XZ2/XZ2 Compact. However, the situation here is different because there is a distinct dropoff in specs which usually results in a separate product line. That both look the same is inconsequential.

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