BlackBerry £399 KEY2 LE now available to pre-order

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Looking for a business smartphone with a good old fashioned QWERTY keyboard? TCL Communication has announced that you can now pre-order its vibrant BlackBerry KEY2 LE.

This new addition to the BlackBerry KEY series smartphone lineup includes minimised screen bezels while bringing subtle new design refinements that make it slimmer and lighter, claims TCL communication.

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 and includes a Full-HD, 2.5D display.

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 complemented by 52 customisable shortcuts, so you can program each key to instantly bring up the contacts and apps you use most.

Onboard is a dual rear camera (13MP+5MP) and 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 while Firefox Focus 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.

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. 

“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. “This is why we focus on making modern BlackBerry smartphones stand out and deliver a great experience for everyday communication, with access to all the features, connectivity and applications our customers expect.”

 

Chris Price