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 inches 1620 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo

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