BlackBerry KEY2 LE vs KEY2: Specs comparison and main differences

BlackBerry KEY2 LE vs KEY2: Specs comparison and main differences
BlackBerry just announced a new member of its KEY line: the KEY2 LE. Similar to other brands that release "lite" versions of their premium phones, the KEY2 LE shares the same overall design with the KEY2, but has lower specs and a cheaper price to match them. The new device is meant for people who want the BlackBerry experience at a lower cost, but what exactly are you compromising with, if you go for the KEY2 LE?

The answer is a little bit of everything. First, you go a step down when it comes to the CPU/GPU combo, instead of the Snapdragon 660 and the Adreno 512, you get a Snapdragon 636 and Adreno 509. Then, you lose 2 GB of RAM, going down to 4 GB. Along with the missing RAM goes half of the KEY2's storage, leaving you with 64GB. The cuts continue in the battery department, leaving you with 3000 mAh. All that shedding hasn't brought down the weight, however, the KEY2 LE is actually 5 grams heavier than the KEY2, but a bit slimmer.

There's at least one positive change to be found as well, the KEY2 LE receives an upgraded main camera (13 megapixels vs 12 in the KEY2) with Portrait mode and new Wide Selfie and Face Beauty modes for the front camera.

For more details about the differences and similarities between the two devices, you can check the rest of the specs below:

Display

Size

5.5 inches
4.5 inches
4.5 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

71.00 %
55.41 %
55.79 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 8953
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SDM660
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SDM636

Processor

Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo 260, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 1800 MHz, Kryo 260, 64-bit, 14 nm

GPU

Adreno 506
Adreno 512
Adreno 509

RAM

4GB LPDDR3
6GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

32GB
128GB
64GB

OS

Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)
Android (8.1 Oreo)
Android (8.1 Oreo)

Battery

Capacity

4000 mAh
3500 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Dual camera

Main camera

12 MP (PDAF)
12 MP (PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
13 MP (PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.28 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Sensor size: 1/3.09"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Second camera

 
12 MP (PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
5 MP (Depth information)

Specifications

 
Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.6; Sensor size: 1/3.4"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Features

HDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 MP
8 MP
8 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.13 x 2.97 x 0.32 inches (155.8 x 75.5 x 8.12 mm)
5.96 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches (151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm)
5.92 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches (150.25 x 71.8 x 8.35 mm)

Weight

5.89 oz (167.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
5.34 oz (151.4 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
5.50 oz (156.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)

Materials

Frame: Aluminum
Frame: Aluminum
Back: Plastic

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP67
 
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Notification light
Notification light, Full keyboard, Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light, Full keyboard, Touch sensitive control keys

Buyers information

Price

 
 
$ 450

Related phones

KEY2
KEY2 LE

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