There was a time when a Black­berry was one of the most ex­pen­sive and safest smart­phones on the mar­ket, now TCL has re­leased at IFA 2018 in Ber­lin a band new Black­Berry KEY2 LE model that’s only $699 and has big­ger keys on the pop­u­lar key­board.

This new­est ad­di­tion to the Black­Berry KEY se­ries is avail­able in three colour vari­ants – Slate, Cham­pagne and Atomic which is a big step up from the tra­di­tional black.

Sleek look­ing it in­cludes min­imised screen bezels and re­designed chas­sis for a more mod­ern look and feel.

It also 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.

In Aus­tralia, the 64GB stor­age vari­ant will sell for $699.

Alain Le­je­une, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, TCL Com­mu­ni­ca­tion & Pres­i­dent, Black­Berry Mo­bile claims that the new Black­berry Key 2 “Brings a fresh new per­son­al­ity to TCL Com­mu­ni­ca­tion’s Black­Berry KEY2 port­fo­lio that in­cludes all the se­cu­rity fea­tures that make Black­Berry phones the world’s most se­cure An­droid smart­phones,”.

Big new im­prove­ments in­clude a light­weight poly­car­bon­ate frame and a newly de­signed soft tex­tured back that pro­vides bet­ter in-hand grip to pre­vent drops.

It also in­cludes a Full-HD, 2.5D dis­play and is both thin­ner and lighter and boasts a re­designed key­board with keys that are nearly 10 per­cent larger than those fea­tured on the Black­Berry KEYone.

The phys­i­cal key­board in­cludes a Speed Key that en­ables short­cut ac­cess to a num­ber of func­tions on your de­vice at any time, with­out hav­ing to re­turn to the home screen or search in an app folder to ac­cess the apps, con­tacts and func­tions you use and com­mu­ni­cate with most.

The Speed Key is com­pli­mented by 52 cus­tomis­able short­cuts, so you can pro­gram each key to in­stantly bring up the con­tacts and apps you use most.

A dual rear cam­era (13MP+5MP) with great new cap­ture ex­pe­ri­ences that in­clude Por­trait mode is also fea­tured on the Black­Berry KEY2 LE. This is com­ple­mented by an 8MP front cam­era that comes with LCD flash and new cap­ture modes like Wide Selfie (selfie panorama) and Face Beauty, which of­fers new selfie cap­ture en­hance­ments.

You can also learn more about the world around you with Google Lens™ cam­era in­te­gra­tion, which can help you quickly ac­cess more in­for­ma­tion on land­marks, build­ings, books and more sim­ply by point­ing your cam­era at the ob­ject.

There is also a Locker fea­ture that al­low you to man­age what in­for­ma­tion is shared in the cloud, like your pho­tos and doc­u­ments.

Locker pro­vides a per­sonal space on the de­vice where you can store apps you want to keep pri­vate along with sen­si­tive doc­u­ments and pho­tos.

Firefox Fo­cus, the pri­vacy browser by Mozilla, is also in­cluded so you can avoid track­ers and au­to­mat­i­cally delete your brows­ing ses­sion when the app is closed.

The Black­Berry KEY2 LE comes with 4GB of mem­ory and in both 32GB and 64GB stor­age vari­ants – with both of­fer­ing ex­pand­able stor­age Mi­croSD sup­port.

It is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon™ pro­ces­sor and an ef­fi­cient bat­tery that of­fers up to 22 hours of mixed use to get you through the busiest of days and of­ten into the next day.

In ad­di­tion, the Black­Berry KEY2 LE fea­tures Qual­comm Quick Charge® 3.0, en­abling up to a 50 per­cent charge in about 36 min­utes.

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