BlackBerry KEY2 LE Philippines Price is PHP 24,990, Full Specs, Actual Unit Photos

Contrary to what some say and many believe, the BlackBerry brand is still alive and kicking!

Sure, it may not exactly be the BlackBerry of old but the brand is still here and TCL - the tech company which now owns it - is determined at making it stay.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

In fact, on Tuesday - May 21, 2019, TCL Philippines - the new home of BlackBerry in our country - held an exclusive media event at Green Pastures restaurant in BGC, Taguig City though which they officially launched two new BlackBerry handsets.

According to company reps and even their influencers, these new BlackBerry smartphones are targeted towards consumers with a particular taste, including those who are the peak of their careers or professions. These are also ideal for loyal BlackBerry fans who still appreciate the value of having an actual keyboard along with trusted security features on their daily drivers.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

Shown in these photos, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE (LE for Lite Edition) is the more affordable model of the duo as it comes with more modest technical specifications and features compared to the regular version.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

In a nutshell, this device features a 4.5-inch FullHD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass protection, an 8 MegaPixel front-facing camera for selfies that can also shoot FullHD clips, and - of course - a Full QWERTY fretted keyboard, which is one of the hallmarks of a BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

I've played with this keyboard and I'd say it feels a lot like what's on the BlackBerry Passport, which is perhaps one of the last great BlackBerry models of old. Sure, it doesn't support swipe typing and navigation - like what's on the regular BlackBerry KEY2 LE - but its tactile feedback remains top-notch.

At the back, the device sports a Dual Rear Camera module made up of a 12 MegaPixel f/2.2 primary shooter plus a secondary 5 MegaPixel f/2.4 Depth Sensor that enables Bokeh Effect, allowing you to add a blurred background to your portraits as well as food and product shots.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

Under the hood, this model runs its Android 8.0 Oreo operating system with a 14nm Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor that's complemented by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded using the phone's microSD card slot.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

Frankly, these internal specs are already a bit dated compared to other Android smartphones in the same price bracket, which I believe reinforces the fact that this phone is not particularly made for the masses who demand to get the best technical specifications for their money.

Like the more expensive metal-clad version, the KEY2 LE is for the long-time BB Fan who finds himself or herself more productive on his or her smartphone if it has an actual keyboard.
This is for those who feel more at ease getting and sending business emails on a device with a BlackBerry logo as well as BlackBerry security and messaging apps.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

Design wise, although BlackBerry KEY2 LE lacks the aluminum chassis of its pricier sibling, for me it still looks downright classy and elegant. Heck, if you run a business or if you work with high-end clients, this is phone that you won't be shy to put on the table as it has an air of corporate sophistication.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

I particularly like the Atomic (Red) version which I have in these photos. I mean, just look at it. The mid-frame has an eye-catching shade while the back plate, which dons the legendary BlackBerry logo, has a textured matte finish that doesn't attract fingerprint grime.

Interested? You can now get BlackBerry KEY2 LE at select MemoXpress branches across the country for PHP 24,990. TCL Philippines reps also told me that buyers may also order one from a branch near you in case the store doesn't have it on the spot.

I know. It's a bit pricey given its specs. But I guess if you're a Pinoy BlackBerry fan who's long been waiting a phone like this, I'm sure you'd be willing to bite the bullet and go for it -- if not the more expensive model.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE Specs
150.3 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm
156 grams
4.5-inch 1080 x 1620 pixels, 434 ppi, IPS LCD
55.6% Screen-to-Body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass
QWERTY Tactile Keyboard with No Capacitive Touch
Dual Rear Camera Module:
13 MegaPixels, f/2.2 Aperture, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection AutoFocus
5 MegaPixels, f/2.4, 1.12µm, Depth Sensor
Front Facing Camera:
8 MegaPixels
Video Recorder:
Back - 4K 30fps
Front - FullHD 30fps
Android 8.1 Oreo with BlackBerry Apps
Octa-Core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260
14nm Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636
microSD Card Slot via Hybrid Secondary nanoSIM Slot
Wi-Fi 802.11 а/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint Scanner on Keyboard
USB Type C
USB On-The-Go
Dual SIM Capability
Non-Removable 3,000 mAh Li-Ion battery
Polycarbonate Shell
Atomic, Slate, Champagne

BlackBerry KEY 2 LE Price
Official Suggested Retail Price in the Philippines - PHP 24,990
Officially Available at Select MemoXpress Stores

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