The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is a cheaper version of the Key2 and would definitely still appeal to those looking for a physical keyboard.
The new smartphone was unveiled today by TCL Communication, a smartphone manufacturer and BlackBerry-branded licensing partner.
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be available for purchase in markets globally from next month with the suggested retail price starting at $399 (R5, 871,33).
BlackBerry smartphones used to be manufactured by Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM) but when Android smartphone started dominating the industry , the company disappeared into into oblivion.
“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 comes with the recently introduced Speed Key for a more customised 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.
With the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, you have all the features you need to manage your work, travel, and personal life on the go, the company said.
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.
This mid range smartphone 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.
“The BlackBerry KEY2 LE brings a fresh new personality… 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.”