BlackBerry is working on a budget variant of the KEY2 – here’s what we know

BlackBerry is working on a budget version of the QWERTY-clad KEY2, it has been revealed. Here’s everything we know about the BlackBerry KEY2 Lite – or rather, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE – including all the latest KEY2 Lite rumours.

The KEY2 Lite, which is being referred to as Luna in the firm’s HQ, is near-identical to the standard KEY2 from a design standpoint, with the main difference being that the more affordable variant totes a plastic frame, rather than an aluminium one.

So if the KEY2 Lite is almost the same as the KEY2 on the outside, what makes it Lite? Well, aside from the cheaper frame, it bundles lower-end internals, like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 CPU and 4GB of RAM, instead of a Snapdragon 660 and 6GB.

Here’s how the rest of the rumoured internals compare to that of the standard KEY2.

BlackBerry Key2 BlackBerry Key2 LE
Battery 3500mAh 3000mAh
Display 4.5-inch IPS LCD (1080 x 1620) 4.5-inch IPS LCD (1080 x 1620)
Front Camera 8MP 8MP
Processor Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 636
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP 13MP + 15MP
Software Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Storage 64/128GB 32/64GB

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Evan Blass, one of the most reliable mobile tipsters, shared a hands-on image of the KEY2 Lite on July 18, noting that it will be available three colours – blue, copper and red – when it’s launched around IFA 2018 time (end of August/early September).

Digital outlet Android Police later cast a render of the handset into the wild, showcasing a unit that’s armed with a somewhat different keyboard the KEY2 (it’s more in line with the one on the KEYone) – though it doesn’t double as a trackpad.

It doesn’t look like we’ll have to wait too long for the KEY2 Lite to hit the shelves as the handset was recently cleared for sale by the FCC, with the accompanying documentation indicating the handset being called the BlackBerry KEY2 LE.

LE is believed to stand for Lite Edition, or Lite for short.

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