The revitalized BlackBerry under TCL Communications has performed better than most expected since the launch of the KeyOnce back in 2017, but they’ve been hampered by limited carrier availability with originally only AT&T on board and then Sprint to follow last year. BlackBerry is kicking 2019 off right with a return to Verizon with the BlackBerry Key2 LE sometime in the coming weeks.
The caveat is that for now, the device is only coming to Verizon Enterprise customers, you aren’t going to find this on the consumer site, which is sad news for those remaining hardware keyboard fans out there. Given that this isn’t a limitation across all carriers it would seem like reasonable speculation that if this initial foray goes well we would see whatever is coming next from BlackBerry get a wider release on Verizon. While the privacy and security angle that BlackBerry is pushing with its lineup certainly speaks most directly to an enterprise audience, there is no question that there’s a consumer audience that is open to that message as well.
But for now here’s a refresher on what Verizon Enterprise customers are getting with the BlackBerry Key2 LE.
- 4.5-inch LCD (1620 x 1080)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB ROM
- Dual-sim support
- microSD expansion up to 256GB
- 13MP f/2.2 rear camera
- 5MP f/2.4 front-facing camera
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
That’s the raw specs, but the hardware keyboard and some of the software touches with an eye to privacy like the BlackBerry DTEK app that performs security checks on your device and the dual account management, of course, will appeal to business customers that don’t want to carry multiple devices.
Remember this is also the more budget-friendly version of the Key2 design, so expect the price to come in around the same $450 as other carriers have it at present.
Any BlackBerry fans still out there on Verizon? If they would make future devices available to regular Verizon customers what would the device need to win you over?