BlackBerry Debuts $400 KEY2 LE Smartphone With Redesigned Keyboard

BlackBerry Key2 LE announced as an affordable alternative to the Key2

BlackBerry Key2 LE announced as an affordable alternative to the Key2

The BlackBerry KEY2 was perceived to be a poor value for those who didn't take power lunches and texted with physical keyboards - the cameras were a step back from the KEYone and spec heads weren't liking any bit of the Snapdragon 660 for the $649 they had to shell out.

It has a 4.5-inch 1080p 3:2 display, along with 4GB RAM and up to 64GB of on-board storage (the base model is 32GB). It runs Android Oreo right out-of-the-box.

There will be four variations of the KEY2 LE for the different radio bands around the world, including two variations with dual SIM support. The phone supports expandable storage support of 256GB via microSD card. And there's a fingerprint sensor embedded into the space bar, just like on other KEY-brand phones.

As noted above it also has a dual-lens camera, but this is one area where you can see how the price was kept down, as the BlackBerry Key2 LE has a 13MP and 5MP pairing, while the standard Key2 has a pair of 12MP cameras.

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In terms of camera, the new KEY2 LE has dual rear camera setup aligned horizontally. Check out the phone by clicking on the official video at the top of this article.

If you're enamored by the idea of a touchscreen/keyboard hybrid device and you can live with the Key2 LE's downgraded hardware, you can snag the one of the smartphones sometime in September; pre-orders don't seem to be available for now.

The new BlackBerry KEY2 LE carries the in-house security suite that includes- DTEK security suite, BlackBerry Privacy Shade and BlackBerry Secure Android.

It's not available yet, but is set to launch starting next month, and when it does you should be able to choose between Slate, Champagne and Atomic colors.

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