BlackBerry KEY2 LE price and release date

BlackBerry KEY2 LE price and release date
BlackBerry is becoming comfortably playful with its products - as a show-up of confidence, the company revealed a bold and youthful new member of its Key series just a while ago. Building upon the strong foundation established by the KEY2, the TCL-owned company just unwrapped its KEY2 LE, a phone that aims to bring that seemingly-loved physical keyboard to an even broader audience.

This mid-range device substitutes the KEY2's not-so-bad Snapdragon 600 chipset for a more humble and power-efficient Snapdragon 636 chip, throws in a modest 3,000mAh battery at the trunk, and slightly downsizes the camera package while still retaining a whole slew of neat KEY2 features. For example, the fingerprint is still neatly and inconspicuously embedded in the space key of the keyboard, whereas the right frame of the phone has that super-useful Convenience key. As we mentioned in our hands-on, by default this one has a lot to deal with the Google Assisstant and Google Lens, but we are riveting at the fact that BlackBerry allows remapping.



Overall, this more "youthful" BlackBerry aimed at yuppies young at heart could potentially become a hit, provided that the pricing is adequate.

This brings us to the rather important topic of pricing, release date and the availability of the KEY2 LE. Well, BlackBerry definitely wanted to have a more affordable device in its KEY lineup, and the KEY2 LE is just that - in the US, the device will launch at $399 for the 32GB storage version and $449 for the 64GB version. In other words, it would costs $200 less on than the KEY2 on the US market while still retaining a large chunk of its best features.


In terms of availability, we werе very happy to hear that BlackBerry has stepped up its logistics game and will be making the KEY2 LE available in all most core BlackBerry markets by the end of September, the USA included. When asked if it will bring the phone on any US carriers, the company declined to comment but heavily hinted that it might have some news for us very soon...

So far, so good, but we have a tough time believing BlackBerry can do that well against the super-aggressive competition coming from China, which is seemingly always ready to bring another stellar value-for-money offering from around the corner.

Here's to hoping that BlackBerry will be able to thrive on this dog-eat-dog market.

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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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28 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3168; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For those who don't need the storage, the $399 price point will be very attractive. Lest we forget, this phone is NOT for everybody. It's not for gamers, videophiles or YouTubers. Those who want to make a fashion statement and brag about screen to body ratio - look elsewhere. Productivity and some social media for those who prefer security and a physical keyboard - that's who this is geared for.

4. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I was willing to consider an older iPhone at $199.99, or this new BlackBerry KEY2 LE for $299.99. If I was to be able to consider it, it would have to have been about $100 less. Oh well...

2. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

$399 and $449 isn't affordable for what it offers imo. It would have made more sense to just touch up the first generation model and use it instead since the price of it is fairly close to the LE. I honestly think they fumbled with this one. It's quite disappointing because I was holding out for a touchscreen only version of the KeyTWO. Just my thoughts on the matter.

5. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

They do still need to make a sequel to the BlackBerry Motion... hopefully they are still working on such a device, and hopefully it will be either notably improved or else notably less-expensive.

12. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. They do need to make it less expensive despite what an unintelligent fan says.

3. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I like it. I think there's something classy and professional about Blackberry's Key phones.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not bad, BlackBerry Mobile! This is a great way to have your BlackBerry branded smartphones reach more people who are on tighter budgets and in developing markets. It's better that you have gone this route as opposed to touching up the Keyone since there is no way to physically do so since it already exists. You'd have to make a new model anyway, so why not go with the more modern design and greater specs, and at a lower price point than when the Keyone was first released. Makes much more sense to do it this way. This is actually much better this way, especially since you will have the Keytwo LE more readily available in more markets than the Keyone was at launch. For all intents and purposes, this is a win on BlackBerry Mobile's part, and it's obvious for intelligent person to see this.

11. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So it's better for BlackBerry to release a slightly gimped model of the KeyTWO with worse specs than the KeyONE whereas they could have just dropped the price of the KeyONE or bumped up the specs for this year and offered it at a better price? Omg, can you be any more conceited? Not everyone has to have the same opinion as you so get off your high horse.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except that the Keytwo LE has better specs than the Keyone. Keytwo LE has SD636. Keyone has SD625. Keytwo LE has dual cameras with features not found on the Keyone. Keyone has a single camera that lacks the features of the Keyone. Keytwo LE has a more intelligent physical keyboard and and brand new speed key. Keyone lacks speed key. Dropping the price (which they already have done) isn't the same as offering something new and different at a lower price. The only options would have been to offer a new device, which they have done, with better specs and a lower price than the Keyone when comparing release prices. FFS, do you have to attack BlackBerry smartphones at every turn? Even with BlackBerry Mobile having done the right thing by offering what us essentially a lower priced Keytwo that has better specs than the Keyone, you still find a reason to complain. Must you always be THAT guy that just has to be a troll? Must you be so arrogant that you feel that your opinion is the be-all, end-all? We don't have to have the same opinion, but you are flat out ignoring the FACTS to push your FICTION, and it's all because I'm the one pointing out the facts. You've also just proved that you DO NOT know about BlackBerry branded smartphones and that you DO NOT read the articles, or you would know that the Keytwo LE has better specs with the Keyone, with perhaps the only exception being battery life, since the Keyone has a bigger battery (with the Keytwo LE having the more power efficient SoC). By the way, don't think I didn't notice how chickened out from people here calling you out as being mxyzptlk, which is exactly who you are.

20. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Aka, I'm going to disagree with Venom because I have some imaginary beef with him and because I'm letting my overly inflated ego do the talking for me. I take it that you only read part of my comment, but knowing you and your tendency to just go at it instead of reading, I'll just say that you didn't. Remember the last time you jumped and tried to call me out only for it to backfire? No? Here, let me give you a refresher. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Save-100-on-the-unlocked-BlackBerry-Keyone-just-400-from-Amazon_id106482

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

Aka I'm going to keep lying about really being mxyzptlk, even though everyone knows who I really am and that I admitted to having a problem with BlackBerry because of Meanestgenius already. There. I fixed your post for you. And way to deflect from the logic and facts in my comment by you posting a link that doesn't prove anything relevant to the conversation. You can't disprove what I said as it is both logical and factual, so now you're trying to avoid it entirely by changing the subject. Sorry kid, things don't work like that. I posted facts proving that the Keytwo LE is the superior product that costs less, thus proving that BlackBerry Mobile made the correct decision to release it as opposed to trying to push the Keyone that has lesser specs, and now you're seething with anger and scrambling to change the subject because I made you look the incompetent troll that you are. Remember this day like all the others, mxyzptlk. I'm sure your megalomania won't let you forget it anyway.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3168; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You amaze me sometimes. Certainly not by your comments but rather by your total disregard for logic. You've obviously had some decent level of education judging from your grammar and sentence composition. So how is it that you make some of the most ridiculous, asinine and moronic statements a sentient being could ever make? WTF homes?

21. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You put on a front, but you know deep down that I'm right. It's not so ridiculous and asinine when you look at the bigger picture.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

Actually, it's YOU that's putting on the front, and deep down, you know you're wrong. You're just so obsessed with finding things wrong about BlackBerry Mobile that you even go as far as to ignore the facts and push your fabrication.

26. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3168; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No, I know deep down inside that you have issues. A waste of an education - just my thoughts on the matter.

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