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BlackBerry Key2 LE dazzles with new colors and thinner bezels

The latest BlackBerry phone goes beyond the traditional black.

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Meet the new BlackBerry Key2 LE, which comes in not-very-fruity flavors -- slate, champagne and atomic.

The BlackBerry Key2 LE will be available in the US and UK in September with a starting price of $399 (£349) for the 32GB version, and $449 (£399) for the 64GB model. It will also be sold in France, UAE, Germany and Canada. There's no word on Australian availability and pricing.

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The Key2 LE has a lightweight polycarbonate frame and a soft-textured back for better grip.

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There's a Type-C USB port. 

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The Key2 LE has a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and a middling 4GB of RAM.

The phone's 4.5-inch display may not be the biggest around, and it has just a 1,620x1,080-pixel resolution. But there's a reason for this tiny screen...

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...like most BlackBerry phones, there's a keyboard.

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The phones' colors are more obvious from the sides. 

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If you must have a keyboard to type on, then you'll probably want the Key2 LE and its 35 physical keys (with 34 of them backlit to boot).

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The rear dual 13- and 5-megapixel cameras will help you get that perfect shot. 

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There's also dual-tone LED flash for more natural-looking flash pictures. 

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The keyboard takes up significant real estate on the front.

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The phone runs on a 3,000-mAh battery and features Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 tech for fast charging. 

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The familiar BlackBerry logo will take you back to the good ol' days. 

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The Key2 LE runs Android 8.1 Oreo.

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The phone is just 8.35mm (0.33 inches) thick.

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