BlackBerry KEY2 LE Confirmed as Lite Version of the KEY2
Recently, two BlackBerry-branded smartphones with model numbers BBE 100-1 and BBE 100-2 passed the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). They are said to be the Lite version of the BlackBerry KEY2, launched in New York in early June. Even popular tipster Evan Blass confirmed the device’s existence on his Twitter handle @evleaks.
Another BlackBerry-branded smartphone with model number BBE 100-5 passed the FCC certification on July 26. The listing confirms that the smartphone and the previous models belong to the Lite variant. The labels reveal the official name of the smartphone will be BlackBerry KEY2 LE.
The new model reveals the same specs as the previous ones (BBE 100-1 and BBE 100-2). Connectivity features are revealed as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth, and NFC, and will be backed by a 2,900 mAh battery. Blass claims that the smartphone is codenamed ‘Luna.’ It will have the same design factor as the KEY2 and will be available in Red, Blue, and Copper color options.
The previous models (BBE 100-1 and BBE 100-2) of the Blackberry KEY2 LE variant are speculated to launch with single SIM and multiple band support. From the BBE 100-2’s previous GeekBench appearance, we know a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset will power the BlackBerry KEY2 LE clocked at 1.84GHz coupled with 6 GB RAM and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. However, the three variants of the KEY2 LE are expected to come with different RAM or internal storage combinations.
Until now, there has been no word about the launch, price, or device availability. BlackBerry is believed to announce these devices late next month or in early September at IFA 2018 in Berlin.