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BlackBerry bringing QWERTY back to the mainstream with cheaper Key2 Lite?

Leaker Evan Blass has provided what might be the first glimpse of a less costly BlackBerry Key2 variant, the BlackBerry Key2 Lite.

Published onJuly 19, 2018

  • Evan Blass has shared what could be the first leaked image of the BlackBerry Key2 Lite.
  • The phone in the image is almost identical in design to the BlackBerry Key2 but made out of plastic.
  • The phone will likely launch in late August or early September, potentially at IFA.

The BlackBerry Key2 looks like it might be getting a little sibling. Thanks to a fresh leak from Evan Blass, we have our first few details about the BlackBerry Key2 Lite and a real-life photo of the handset.

We expect the Key2 Lite to be a mid-to-low tier device, though it looks like it may have a very similar design as the standard BlackBerry Key2 and be around the same size. This means a rubber-like backing (though Blass later called it a “plastic Berry”), centered BlackBerry logo, and a dual-camera setup at the top-left.

Alleged BlackBerry Luna, a.k.a. the “KEY2 Lite” (Lite and not Mini ‘cuz they supposedly have the same form factor). Said/shown to come in red, blue, and copper.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 18, 2018
Additionally, the phone shown in the photo appears to have a red frame. According to Blass, consumers will also be able to purchase one of these handsets in blue and copper if red doesn’t fit their fancy.

In a follow-up tweet, Blass writes that the BlackBerry Key2 Lite should be made official either in late August or early September. While unconfirmed, this could mean an announcement during IFA.

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Blackberry Key2

The original BlackBerry Key2 runs a Snapdragon 660 processor and includes 6GB of RAM. To release a lite version of this phone, TCL may scrap this CPU for something cheaper/slower and potentially include less RAM.

And that’s about all we know about the rumored BlackBerry Key2 Lite for now. As its big brother cost $649 at launch with 64GB of storage built-in, we can speculate that this handset might set buyers back around $400. That isn’t too bad of a price tag for those who have been wanting a modern smartphone that still features a hardware keyboard.

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