BlackBerry Key 2 LE arrives to Verizon's business customers

BlackBerry Key 2 LE arrives to Verizon's business customers
The BlackBerry Key 2 LE, an affordable phone with the signature BlackBerry full QWERTY keyboard and a focus on security, is coming to Verizon Wireless in the United States as part of the carrier's business customers offerings.

The Key 2 LE is the "lite" edition of the flagship Key 2, and it's literally a lightweight, plastic phone with a Snapdragon 6xx series chip and an affordable price tag. Verizon business customers will be able to get the more serious-looking slate color (aka gray) version of the phone. The phone will be available on Verizon's business plans within the next few weeks.


The biggest appeal of such a device is the keyboard of course, as well as the rich customization options. With a dedicated Speed Key, here you can quickly launch an app, plus you can set each of the physical keyboard keys to act as a shortcut to a function on the phone, so you don't need to search through the app drawer for apps, which is neat.

But how does the Key 2 LE compare to the flagship Key 2?

Let's take a quick look at the specs for the curious ones:

 
Battery life should also be pretty solid with the economical chip and a smaller screen, plus you have Qualcomm's Quick Charger 3.0 technology on board. And you get a headphone jack, as well as microSD card expansion.

The sore point of the Key 2 LE is the quite dated Android 8.1 Oreo version that you are getting, but BlackBerry has previously promised the device will be updated to Android 9 Pie, so you have that.

When launching the Ket 2 LE, BlackBerry also stressed that it was one of the first companies to partner with Google for enterprise security features support with Android, and with the Key2 LE the company has now embedded important information about the latest security patch and the ability to do a quick security check (via DTEK Security) within easy reach. You also have the useful Locker feature that stores content and apps, and makes them private. It also allows you to hide certain apps behind the fingerprint scanner, so nobody else can look at them. Additionally, you get the Dual Apps feature on board, so that you can run two instances of an app, a useful trick if youu are juggling between personal and corporate accounts. At start, it will support apps like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and a few others.


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KEY2 LE
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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6 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This makes sense for business customers, especially if it is something that will be given in mass volume.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome. BlackBerry Mobile getting a carrier to pick up one of their smartphones is good thing, as carry support is extremely important in the U.S. Should the Key2 LE do well on Verizon, this could bode well for more BlackBerry branded smartphones on Verizon.

3. Venom

Posts: 3401; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I honestly think they dropped the ball with the second round of key devices due to the price. Just my thoughts on the matter.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering that TCL just announced that they are pleased with the way their BlackBerry branded smartphones are selling, and the fact that they announced that more people have adopted BlackBerry smartphones in 2018 than in 2017, then it's safe to say that they haven't dropped the ball with the second generation Key devices. Just the documented facts on the matter. This is great news that means more choice for consumers. Why you are trying to add something negative to it is beyond me.

5. Venom

Posts: 3401; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Anecdotal evidence. Plain and simple. That doesn't tell us anything. That's what numbers are for. But continue to deny the facts. You are the last person who should be talking about something negative. I find that hypocritical coming from you.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except its not anecdotal evidence. It's facts presented by the company that makes and sells the phones. There is an article on PA that provides the proof. You know this, because you're trolling on it. It's ridiculous that you still seek to cling your fake news in the face of the facts that have been presented. No one puts out actual numbers anymore. Does that mean that every other OEM is giving us anecdotal evidence because of that? Absolutely not. Just because you don't like things about BlackBerry branded smartphones doesn't mean that TCL is reporting the facts. It doesn't work like that. If this were an OEM that you favor, you'd be as giddy as school kid with candy, showing us how hypocritical you are had someone said the same things you are. All you do is post negativity on articles about OEM's you don't like, even in the face of positive news. Since you say this is anecdotal evidence, post facts to disprove it. Don't worry, I'll wait....

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