TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer and BlackBerry-branded licensing partner, just announced and revealed its newest BlackBerry smartphone – the BlackBerry KEY2 LE.
This newest addition to the BlackBerry KEY series smartphone lineup offers three color variants – Slate, Champagne and Atomic – while keeping with the BlackBerry KEY2 design which includes minimized screen bezels and a redesigned chassis for a more modern look and feel. It also comes with the recently introduced Speed Key for a more customized universal shortcut experience, and in addition to its Android operating system, includes support for popular features like the Google Assistant, Google Lens and Google Pay.
Here are some of the main specs…
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE features a lightweight polycarbonate frame and a newly designed soft textured back that provides better in-hand grip to prevent drops. It also includes a Full-HD, 2.5D display and will be available in three exciting accent color options: Slate, Champagne and Atomic. With similar BlackBerry KEY series dimensions, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is both thinner and lighter, and boasts a redesigned keyboard with keys that are nearly 10 percent larger than those featured on the BlackBerry KEYone. Designed for accuracy and precision, the physical keyboard includes the Speed Key that enables shortcut access to a number of functions on your device at any time, without having to return to the home screen or search in an app folder to access the apps, contacts and functions you use and communicate with most. The Speed Key is complimented by 52 customizable shortcuts, so you can program each key to instantly bring up the contacts and apps you use most.
A dual rear camera (13MP+5MP) with great new capture experiences that include Portrait mode is also featured on the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. This is complemented by an 8MP front camera that comes with LCD flash and new capture modes like Wide Selfie (selfie panorama) and Face Beauty, which offers new selfie capture enhancements. You can also learn more about the world around you with Google Lens camera integration, which can help you quickly access more information on landmarks, buildings, books and more simply by pointing your camera at the object
Locker provides a personal space on the device where you can store apps you want to keep private along with sensitive documents and photos. Firefox Focus, the privacy browser by Mozilla, is also included so you can avoid trackers and automatically delete your browsing session when the app is closed. The BlackBerry KEY2 LE also includes the refreshed DTEK by BlackBerry application that brings new scanning features for proactive security checks to easily identify and mitigate potential security risks, such as unwanted data access by a downloaded application on your smartphone.
Dual account management is built in to enable you to separately manage both personal and professional social media profiles on apps like Facebook and Instagram, and on the dual SIM variant of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, you can also have dual WhatsApp and other accounts that require unique numbers. It also comes loaded with BlackBerry Hub which brings all your messages into one consolidated place – including emails, texts and messages from almost any social media account, including WhatsApp.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and an efficient battery that offers up to 22 hours of mixed use to get you through the busiest of days and often into the next day. In addition, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE features Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, enabling up to a 50 percent charge in about 36 minutes – enough power to get you through a normal work day. The BlackBerry KEY2 LE also comes with a Boost mode charging and contextual battery reminder which will learn from your daily charging habits and calendar appointments to recommend when to charge.
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be available for purchase in Canada and the U.S. beginning next month with the suggested retail price starting at $399 (€399 EUR/$519 CAD) for the 32GB storage variant and $449 (€429 EUR/$579 CAD) for the 64GB storage option.