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:

BlackBerry KEY2 LE vs BlackBerry KEY2 vs BlackBerry Motion

Display

Display size

4.5 inches
4.5 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1620 pixels
1080 x 1620 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Aspect Ratio

3:2
3:2
16:9

Pixel density

433 ppi
433 ppi
401 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

55.79 %
55.41 %
71.00 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 509
Adreno 512
Adreno 506

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
6 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

64 GB
128 GB
32 GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3500 mAh
4000 mAh

Charging

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

Camera

Rear

Dual camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 megapixels
12 megapixels
12 megapixels

Features

Phase detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

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

Second camera

5 megapixels
12 megapixels
 

Features

Depth information
Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor
 

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Features

Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

5.50 oz (156 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.34 oz (151 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.89 oz (167 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
Frame: Aluminum
Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

 
 
Water, Dust; IP 67

Biometrics

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

Features

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

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 450
 
 

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KEY2
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
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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