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BlackBerry Key2 now has a littler sibling

So maybe you want a phone with a keyboard.  You have essentially one option - the Key2.  It's a good phone and all, but maybe spending $875CDN on it is probably more than your budget can support, especially as it's going to your supervisor who's looking for a glorified texting box.

Well, TCL and BlackBerry just announced the little sibling of the Key2 ... the Key2 LE (or light edition?).


While keeping the 2 camera lenses and 64GB of storage, it drops down to 4GB of RAM using the Snapdragon 636.  This will save you almost $300 (it's $599 for the 64GB version and you can save even more by going to $519 for the 32GB variant).

Check out the press release below for all the details (see what else you can see changed).

BLACKBERRY® KEY2 LE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED AT IFA 2018

BERLIN – AUGUST 30, 2018 – TCL Communication , a leading global smartphone manufacturer and BlackBerry®-branded licensing partner, has today unveiled 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 evolution which includes minimized screen bezels and 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 ™.

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be available for purchase in markets globally 1 - including Germany, the U.K., France, UAE, Canada and the U.S. - beginning next month with the suggested retail price starting at $399 USD / €399 EUR / £349 GBP / $519 CAD for the 32GB storage variant and $449 USD / €429 EUR / £399 GBP / $599CAD for the 64GB storage variant.

“Today’s smartphones try to offer a one size fits all solution, but that is no longer realistic when we have a global marketplace as diverse as we have today,” said Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President, TCL Communication; President, BlackBerry Mobile. “But this is why we focus on making modern BlackBerry smartphones like KEY2 LE, to stand out and deliver a great experience for everyday communication, with access to all the features, connectivity and applications our customers expect.”

“The BlackBerry KEY2 LE brings a fresh new personality to TCL Communication’s BlackBerry KEY2 portfolio that includes all the security features that make BlackBerry phones the world’s most secure Android™ smartphones,” said Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. “With this new addition to their product lineup, the KEY2 LE keeps the iconic BlackBerry styling while offering an accessible entry point for our fans around the world to enjoy a modern BlackBerry smartphone.”

PURPOSEFUL DESIGN FOR THE MODERN COMMUNICATOR

Capturing the balance between iconic BlackBerry design and modern elements, 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.

ENHANCED PRIVACY YOU CONTROL

Now you can take personal control of your smartphone privacy with features like Locker that allow you to manage what information is shared in the cloud, like your photos and documents. 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. And a commitment to monthly Android™ security updates means you’ll always be protected from the latest threats.

PRODUCTIVITY YOU CAN ONLY FIND IN A BLACKBERRY SMARPTHONE

With the BlackBerry KEY2 LE , you have all the features you need to manage your work, travel, and personal life on the go. This includes support for dual personal accounts and business ready software that makes it easier to manage all aspects of your life. 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®.

POWER TO GET YOU THROUGH THE DAY

Delivering the power and performance expected from a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE comes with 4GB of memory and in both 32GB and 64GB storage variants – with both offering expandable storage MicroSD support. 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 so you have the battery power you need when you need it most.

For more information about the all-new BlackBerry KEY2 LE and to register to receive the latest BlackBerry Mobile news and updates, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com.
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