It has been nearly two months since TCL announced the BlackBerry KEY². However, a new info from last week revealed that there may be a second BlackBerry phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard launching this year too.
According to Evan Blass, there is a device which goes by the codename BlackBerry Luna and has the same form factor has the BlackBerry KEY². He posted a picture of the rear of the device and it does look like the KEY². It even has dual rear cameras too.
In his tweet, he mentioned the device is also known as the “KEY² Lite” but apparently, that isn’t the official name. Another popular leaker, Roland Quandt has found the name of the device along with some key info that provides more details.
The upcoming BBE100 from BlackBerry will be called BlackBerry Key2 LE says the FCC. pic.twitter.com/kP0ekhJaR6
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) July 27, 2018
In a tweet he posted yesterday, he mentioned that an upcoming phone with model number BBE100 will be called BlackBerry KEY² LE according to info from the FCC. He also adds a picture as proof. The image shows the device’s name, model number which is actually BBE100-5, and product number (PRD-65005-700).
If you have been following the news about upcoming BlackBerry devices, you should recognize that model number. As a matter of fact, a device with a similar model number was seen on Geekbench before the KEY² launched. The model number of that device is BBE100-2 and it comes with a Snapdragon 660 processor like the KEY². However, instead of 6GB of RAM, it has 4GB of RAM.
Both the BBE100-5 seen at the FCC and the BBE100-2 that appeared on Geekbench months ago are just different market models of the same device. The KEY², for example, has model number BBF100 but the variants sold in Europe has the model number BBF100-1, while the one sold in North America and Latin America has model number BBF100-2 and so on.
In conclusion, the BlackBerry KEY² LE will come with the same processor as the BlackBerry KEY² and not a less powerful chipset. However, it will come with less RAM. Storage is unknown but there is a high chance it will have a 64GB ROM and not 32GB. Other specs should be the same too.
The smaller RAM will mean a lesser price tag. So if you have put off purchasing the KEY² because of its high price tag, then you may want to give the KEY² LE a chance.