BlackBerry KEY2 Lite, aka Luna, allegedly leaks out, should be cheaper than the regular KEY2

BlackBerry KEY2 Lite, aka Luna, allegedly leaks out, should be cheaper than the regular KEY2
Available in the US as of this month, the BlackBerry KEY2 (pictured above) is a rare smartphone, being one of the few modern handsets to feature a hardware QWERTY keyboard. At $650, the KEY2 is more expensive than its predecessor - the BlackBerry KEYOne - and we're not convinced its price is justified by its specs (which include a mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor). Fortunately, folks who would be happy with a more affordable phone of this variety may have something to look forward to.

Apparently, there is a BlackBerry Luna, aka KEY2 Lite, in the making. A photo allegedly showing the BlackBerry KEY2 Lite / Luna was revealed today on Twitter by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks). Said photo - seen on the left - only shows the smartphone's back, which looks a lot like that of the regular KEY2, dual camera and all. But this particular KEY2 Lite has a red trim all around it (side buttons included), and that's something you can't find on the normal KEY2. Reportedly, the BlackBerry KEY2 Lite and KEY2 have the same size and form factor, so the upcoming handset should sport a 4.5-inch screen at the top of its hardware keyboard.

Lite smartphones always have inferior specs and lower prices compared to their regular version, and that's exactly what we're expecting from the BlackBerry KEY2 Lite. While we do not know what's changed inside the KEY2 Lite, we could see it having less RAM than the 6GB offered by the KEY2. The processor, display resolution, and internal memory might also differ, but that's just us speculating.

In addition to the black & red model pictured today, the BlackBerry Luna / KEY2 Lite should also be released in blue and copper variants. At this time, though, there's no word on when and where the new BlackBerry will be available. We assume more details on this are around the corner, so stay tuned.

source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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13 Comments

1. srgonu

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Key2 is already sporting a inferior processor for the price. What inferior than Lite go to ?

2. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

So Where's the Key2 with S845 8gb Ram? That would be a dream come true.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Do we really need all that horsepower on a phone with a PKB and weird aspect ratio?

7. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

We do just imagine it would be twice as fast Thats like an Intel i7 on turbo mode

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nah, we don’t. We do need a smartphone that’s dedicated to the business orientated that focuses on productivity and longevity. We need smartphones that fill this niche. SD845 isn’t as power efficient as the SD660.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The battery life would take an enormous hit and that's one of the hallmarks of the Key series.

8. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

4000mah is more than enough

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

4,000mAh battery with SD845 still won’t be as power efficient as an SD660 (or slightly lower) with a 4,000mAh battery.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Among Snapdragon 450, 630 and 636; my bet is on The 450 and a ~$300 price tag. Wish it run The Blackberry 10 OS! It'd do great as a secure semi-smartphone! Never going to happen though, I believe. G'Day!

6. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm trying to get the point of this phone. I'm more interested in what the differences would be between the two.

9. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I would be a bit tempted by a KEY2 Lite, if the price was right. If they could make it competitive in price with the iPhone SE, it would get my attention... hopefully at or below $300. Give it a Snapdragon 435 or 450, 3 or 4GB of RAM and at least 32GB of onboard storage with microSD expansion, and keep the battery around 3000 to 4000mAh, along with the existing screen (or they could step it down to like 720p-or-so equivalent if it shaved $50 to $100 off the price) and PKB, and I may consider something like this in the next year or two, rather than gambling on waiting for an iPhone 9 to be cheap enough for me to buy in four years.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

This would actually be great as second phone or business only smartphone for those on a tight budget, depending on price.

13. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Price only decides the necessary of this phone, imho.. Better yet, they should have reduced the Key2 price like 550$ or say 1000$ for 2 Key2 phones promo...

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