11 February 2021
Earlier this year, TCL and Verizon teamed up to announce that the BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be made available to business and enterprise customers of the carrier. It has been five months since the announcement and finally, PhoneDog has reported that it is now happening.
Verizon is said to have released two plans for buying the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. The first one is priced at only $99 but it includes a two-year lock-in period with the carrier. Those who do not want to go for a contract, the smartphone can be purchased by paying $449.99 outright. Since it is available only for business and enterprise customers, none of these schemes are valid for normal buyers.
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE was launched last year and is a toned down version of the BlackBerry KEY2. It sports a 4.5-inch Full HD (1620 x 1080 pixels) display with 3:2 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is an option to choose from 32GB or 64GB internal storage variants with the ability to expand the storage using microSD cards.
On the back, it has a 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual camera setup with f/2.2 and f/2.4 aperture respectively. The secondary lens on the device is meant for the depth effect to help users click portrait shots. It also has an 8-megapixel front camera for taking selfies and video calls.
The whole package is powered by a 3000mAh battery which BlackBerry claims can last for at least 22 hours of demanding use. It will be running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. And yes, it does offer all those BlackBerry apps and security suite which makes these devices different from others.