Blackberry Key 2 vs. Blackberry Key 2 LE: the business smartphones in comparison

ByDaniel Camilo 2019-06-02 314

BlackBerry remains true and brings two new smartphones with QWERTY keyboard on the market. In comparison, we reveal how useful the physical keyboard is and what you can expect from the Blackberry Key 2 and Blackberry Key 2 LE.
                   

Before smartphones conquered the world and models such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 dominated the business sector, Blackberry phones with their striking QWERTY keyboard were the measure of all things for the technically affine businessman. With the Key 2 and Key 2 LE the cult brand Blackberry starts a new attempt to merge the classic hardware keyboard with the smartphone.

Design and Display: The Key 2 Business Look

In design, the Blackberry Key 2 and Key 2 LE are like one egg the other. The most noticeable is of course the keyboard on the front under the screen. It's made of plastic, but looks solid when typing. The back also surprises with a chic leatherette-like cover, which gives the Blackberrys a noble look and at the same time makes it non-slip. The case is characterized by sharp edges and its angular shape, which is striking and valuable at the same time - just like the smartphone of a businessman.

Due to the keyboard, the IPS display on the Blackberry Key 2 and Key 2 LE is unusually small. It measures 4.5 inches and resolves in 1,080 by 1,620 pixels at 433 ppi. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, which is no longer up-to-date, but reliably protects against light scratches.

Equipment: Solid performance

The technical range of the Blackberry Key 2 and Key 2 LE is rather sobering compared to the chic design. The Key 2 LE clocks a Snapdragon 636 processor with 4 GB of RAM. The Key 2 is equipped with the slightly better Snapdragon 660 and 6 GB of RAM. In daily use, the performance of both smartphones is fluid and reasonably fast. In graphically and computationally demanding tasks, however, the Blackberrys occasionally stumble. This is also shown by the Antutu benchmark test, where the Key 2 LE reaches 116,811 total points and the Key 2 126,419 total points.

Depending on the version, the storage capacity of the Blackberry Key 2 LE is 32 GB or 64 GB. The Key 2 is even a bit more lush with 64 GB or 128 GB. With both smartphones, the memory can be expanded with a microSD memory card by up to 256 GB. The battery capacity of the Blackberry Key 2 LE solid 3,000 mAh, which has lasted in the test just under 24 hours. The Blackberry Key 2 has a 3,500 mAh battery and lasts a few hours longer.

Camera: Blackberry relies on dual cameras

On the camera side, the Blackberrys are well placed on the paper. Key 2 LE's dual main camera features a 13-megapixel f / 2.2 aperture RGB sensor and a f / 2.4 blend 5-megapixel sensor for bokeh effects. The more expensive Key 2 also has a dual camera in its luggage, only this is composed of a 12-megapixel RGB sensor with f / 1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel telesensor with f / 2.6 aperture. Front is the same 8-megapixel front camera installed in both Blackberrys.

The technical lineup has announced it: the Blackberry's cameras shoot decent photos that can compete with most mid-range smartphones. In direct comparison, the Blackberry Key 2 is slightly ahead. It convinces with more sharpness and details, which is particularly visible in the macro and the test image. The low-light shots show some noise in both smartphones, which is not bad in the price range.

Features: The nostalgic keyboard

Smartphones with hardware keyboard - does that make any sense in 2018? Our first impression is accompanied by mixed feelings. The keyboard looks good and makes us reminisce because of the memorable look, but it looks quite different when it comes to operation. Again, we immediately think of the old times, but in a negative sense. The keys are very small and comparatively cumbersome to use. To enter a number, for example, you must hold down the alt key. Alternatively, there is a digital keyboard, but this leaves not much of the 4: 3 format display left.

Anyone who has become accustomed to modern smartphone keyboards will struggle with the hardware keyboard of the Blackberry Key 2 and Key 2 LE. As a nostalgic feature, however, the niche product will surely find its fans. Really good, we find the fingerprint sensor in the spacebar, which unlocks the Blackberrys within a blink of an eye.

Conclusion: Key 2 and Key 2 LE - The Oldschool Business Smartphones

The Blackberry Key 2 and Key 2 LE are fundamentally very similar. The Key 2 is slightly better positioned in terms of performance, memory, battery and camera, which is reflected in the price. However, the gradations do not make a huge difference. The hardware keyboard is from today's perspective rather impractical, but gives the smartphones a certain charm that fans and nostalgics should not miss.

Here you will find the Blackberry Key 2 (128 GB) for 689.99 euros and the Blackberry Key 2 LE (64 GB) for 389.99 euros.

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