BlackBerry Key 2 LE Launched in India
8 October, 2018
150.25mm x 71.8mm x 8.35mm
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
1080 x 1620 pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
1.8 GHz Kryo 260
up to 256 GB
Android 8.1 (Oreo)
13 MP + 5 MP
f/2.2 + f/2.4
Dual-LED dual-tone flash
Li-Ion 3000 mAh
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac
Optiemus Infracom is the licensed manufacturer for BlackBerry smartphones in India. The company launched the Evolve smartphone in August which will go on sale on 10th October in India and today the company has launched the BlackBerry Key 2 LE. The Key 2 LE is an android phone with a physical Qwerty keyboard.
The smartphone has a 4.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and it has an aspect ratio of 3:2. The dipslay has a resolution of 1080 x 1620 pixels and a pixel density of 434 ppi. Below the screen is the 4 row BlackBerry keyboard with capacitive touch. The keyboard can be used as a trackpad to scroll through the screen and the spacebar on the keyboard doubles as a fingerprint scanner to securely unlock the device. Under the hood, it runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Chipset which is an Octa-Core CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz along with the Adreno 509 GPU. In terms of storage and memory, the device has 64 GB of inbuilt storage and 4 GB of RAM. It also has an expandable card slot which accepts microSD cards of upto 256 GB.
In the optics department, the smartphone has dual 13 MP + 5 MP rear cameras with Dual-LED flash and an 8 MP selfie camera. The rear cameras can record 2160p or 1080p videos @30 FPS and the front camera can record 1080p videos @ 30FPS. Talking about connectivity, the device has Wi-Fi 802.11 ac with dual band, Bluetooh 5.0, GPS, NFC and a USB Type-C connector for charging and data transfer. The device has a non-removable LI-Ion battery of 3,000 mAh and supports Quick Charge 3.0. It it is available in three colours: Atomic, Slate and Champagne. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with BlackBerry’s added security applications.
The device also has programmable keys to quickly switch between favourite apps.
Blackberry has always been renowned as a brand that makes highly secure phones. The company now has incorporated their proprietary security suite into Android. It is a bundle of different applications that the company has developed for additional security features.
Some of the apps included are: Redactor, Locker, Firefox Focus and BlackBerry Privacy shade.
- Redactor and Privacy shade can hide certain areas on screen under a black mask that the user might want to hide.
- Firefox Focus is the latest mobile browser from Mozilla. It can block trackers on websites that collect information about the user for showing display ads, remembering user preferences, etc.
- DTEK app monitors other installed apps and let the user know when their data is at risk and provides preventive measures.
- Blackberry Locker is an application to securely hide pictures, videos or other data file on the device.
Price & Availability:
The BlackBerry Key 2 LE will be exclusively available on Aamzon from October 12. The smartphone has a price tag of Rs. 29,990.