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BlackBerry KEY2 LE With 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 636 SoC Launched in India

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Optiemus Infracom, which manufactures and distributes BlackBerry-branded handsets, on Monday said the recently launched KEY2 LE smartphone will be available in the country exclusively on Amazon.in from October 12. To recall, the toned-down model of the BlackBerry KEY2 was launched by TCL back in August at IFA 2018. Said to be designed for “physical keyboard enthusiasts”, the KEY2 LE comes with the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. The other key highlights of the smartphone include Snapdragon 636 SoC, 4GB RAM, Android 8.1 Oreo, dual rear cameras, 4.5-inch, and more.

Commenting on the launch, Hardip Singh, Executive Director, Optiemus Infracom, said, “Security and privacy are becoming priorities in our data-dependent world and at Optiemus, we are committed to offering our customers a trustworthy mobile experience. We are delighted to launch the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, further strengthening our portfolio of the most secure smartphones in the country.” Here’s a look at the price in India, availability, and specifications of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE price in India
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE price in India has been set at Rs. 29,990. It will be available exclusively via Amazon India site, starting October 12. Notably, the smartphone will also ship in a Space Blue colour variant. To recall, the price of BlackBerry KEY2 LE during its launch was set at $449 (roughly Rs. 31,900) in the US. It was launched in Atomic, Champagne, and Slate colour options.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE specifications
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is a dual-SIM smartphone that runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The smartphone sports a 4.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×1620 pixels) IPS LCD display with 3:2 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 434ppi. It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM.

For optics, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is equipped with a horizontally positioned dual rear camera setup. There is a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.4 aperture, paired with dual tone LED flash. The new BlackBerry handset comes with an 8-megapixel fixed focus camera with LCD selfie flash and full-HD recording.

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE packs 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options in the smartphone include 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, FM radio, and USB Type-C with OTG. Additionally, sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, fingerprint sensor on the spacebar, magnetometer, and proximity sensor.

Under the hood, the BlackBerry KEY2 is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery and it comes with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 support. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 150.25×71.8×8.35mm and weighs 156 grams.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE


General

Release date August 2018
Launched in India No
Dimensions (mm) 150.25 x 71.80 x 8.35
Weight (g) 156.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Fast charging Quick Charge 3.0
Colours Atomic, Champagne, Slate

Display

Screen size (inches) 4.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1620 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 3:2
Pixels per inch (PPI) 434

Hardware

Processor 1.8GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256

Camera

Rear camera 13-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.12-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.12-micron)
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus
Rear flash LED
Front camera 8-megapixel
Front autofocus No
Front flash Yes

Software

Operating system Android 8.1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes
USB OTG Yes
USB Type-C Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

Sensors

Fingerprint sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes