Despite physical keyboard having totally disappeared in the phones market due to the big touchscreen displays, BlackBerry is still releasing devices with physical QWERTY keyboards. After launching the new KEY2 with upper-midrange specs, the Canadian company acquired by TCL will soon announce its more affordable Lite version: BlackBerry KEY2 LE. Today, BB’s official account on Twitter has posted a teaser video which confirms that the handset will officially debut at IFA 2018, on August 30.
Just like its older sibling, BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard with a space bar doubling as a fingerprint reader. It is expected to come with an unusual 4.5-inch display (due to the presence of the keyboard) with an “almost” Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1620 pixels.
— BlackBerry Mobile (@BBMobile) August 24, 2018
On the hardware side, there will be an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset running at a max clock frequency of 1.8 GHz, supported by 4 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal storage depending on the chosen variant. The rear plastic back should house a dual camera configuration with resolutions of 13 and 5 MP, while the front camera should be a 5 MP snapper. At last, the battery will have a capacity of 3000 mAh. Excluding the keyboard, none of BlackBerry KEY2 LE alleged specs are impressive, so we hope at least that it will be sold at a reasonable price.