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The BlackBerry Key2 LE is official, starts at $399

Earlier this month, we shared images of TCL's upcoming BlackBerry device, the Key2 LE. It appeared to be a slightly cheaper version of the Key2 that was released earlier this year, and now the phone has been officially announced.

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Exclusive: This is the BlackBerry Key2 LE

TCL launched the BlackBerry Key2 earlier this year as its second keyboarded phone under the Blackberry brand. This phone made several improvements over the KeyOne with a faster processor, more RAM, a dual camera, and more. However, that also meant a $100 increase in price. If that's too rich for your blood and you absolutely need a physical keyboard, then the rumored Key2 LE is what you want. It's not official, but we've got new details on this upcoming phone. Most of the specs are just a small step down from the flagship Key2, but the keyboard design looks different.

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Optiemus Infracom announces the overpriced BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X

India has one of the most competitive smartphone markets in the world. Thanks to companies like Xiaomi, you can get a great Android phone for the equivalent of $150-200. Optiemus Infracom is the exclusive BlackBerry licensee in India, and an upcoming BlackBerry device from the company leaked earlier this year.

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FCC docs confirm BlackBerry KEY2 LE name for rumored sibling phone

The BlackBerry KEY2, much like its predecessor, is an odd phone. It doesn't look like most other Android devices out there, with its hardware keyboard and square-ish 3:2 screen. We had a lot of little issues with the phone when reviewing it, but if this unusual form factor really speaks to you, it's easy to overlook a lot of those foibles. What was trickier to live with was the $650 price tag. Thankfully, it's looking like we're about to get a more affordable alternative, as some newly published FCC docs reveal the BlackBerry KEY2 LE.

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BlackBerry KEY2 review: One of the most unique phones around comes up short of awesome

The BlackBerry KEY2 is a phone unstuck in time, marrying modern silicon and software with a look that recalls handsets from a good decade before its release. Models like the Priv and last year's KEYone have been fighting the good fight for physical hardware keyboards long after the rest of the world has moved on.

Now the KEY2 is picking up the torch (no pun intended) with its mid-range Snapdragon 660 SoC, relatively petite 4.5-inch HD display, and a new dual-12MP rear camera system. Pricing is up $100 to $650 this year, and it's available in July unlocked at Amazon and Best Buy.

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BlackBerry KEY2 ships in US on July 13th, pre-orders open June 29th

The days of phones with hardware keyboards might be mostly behind us, but there is a steadfast bunch that sticks to their desire for increased tactile feedback, and BlackBerry continues to oblige their interests. The much-anticipated KEY2 is one way the thumb-board warriors can get their fix without resorting to antique hardware, and they'll be glad to know their clicky-keyed savior is coming to the US on July 13th. For the impatient, presales open early on June 29th.

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The BlackBerry KEY2 arrives later this month for $649

BlackBerry used to rule the smartphone market, and well, it doesn't now. However, there are still people who crave the feel of a physical keyboard under their thumbs. Last year, they got the KEYOne, and rumors of the KEY2 have percolated in recent months. Today, BlackBerry and TCL have made the KEY2 official. It has a refined keyboard, a dual camera, and it's coming your way later this month.

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[Update: In black, too] BlackBerry KEY2 press images leak ahead of June 7 announcement

BlackBerry's KEYone successor, the KEY2, is set to be announced in a few days on June 7th. But it turns out that we won't have to wait to get a good look at the KEY2, as serial leaker Evan Blass has just published some press images revealing every angle of the phone.

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BlackBerry Key2 teaser video confirms dual camera and new keyboard button

BlackBerry teamed up with TCL a while back to produce Android phones, but the first few were just re-branded Alcatel devices. The KeyOne was the first truly "BlackBerry" phone to come out of the partnership, and a sequel is imminent. A teaser video from BlackBerry shows off some bits of the upcoming Key2, including the new dual-camera setup.

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BlackBerry KEY2 launch is coming on June 7, for all you hardware keyboard lovers

Developing a new smartphone is a huge investment, which is part of why we see so many phones that are so much alike — if something's working well for one manufacturer and shoppers are responding positively, everybody else is going to want to do the same thing (this is why you're seeing notches everywhere). But occasionally we get a phone that's not afraid to play by its own rules, and that's very much what we saw last year with the BlackBerry KEYone. Not everyone loved it — we certainly had a few issues with how it turned out — but there was no denying it was a phone with its own style.

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