Possible BlackBerry KEY2 Lite (BBG100-1) hinted at in Geekbench listing

Possible BlackBerry KEY2 Lite (BBG100-1) hinted at in Geekbench listing
TCL Communication appears to be preparing yet another BlackBerry-branded smartphone. The brand recently confirmed that it will be introducing the new BlackBerry KEY2 at an event set to take place June 7. Now, according to a new Geekbench listing, this may be accompanied by a slightly more budget offering.

The device in question goes by the model number BBG100-1 and scores a single-core result of 698 and a multi-core score of 3656. These results were achieved thanks to the processor inside, which is an octa-core Snapdragon 450, and the RAM count, which sits at 4GB. As an additional extra, TCL Communication appears to have pre-installed Android 8.1 Oreo on the smartphone, suggesting the smartphone will ship with the latest release of the popular OS upon launch.

It’s unclear what this device will be known as upon launch, but it mysteriously boasts a model number that is very similar to that of the upcoming BlackBerry KEY2 (BBF100-1). This could simply be a coincidence or it may suggest that the device in question is actually a cheaper variant of the smartphone. BlackBerry was clearly happy with the sales of the original BlackBerry KEYOne - they justified a second-generation model - but the brand may be looking to expand sales even further by targeting consumers on a budget with a BlackBerry KEY2 Lite.

With just under a month left until the unveiling of BlackBerry’s next device, it’ll remain to be seen if the BBG100-1 makes an appearance as well. For now, however, new information will surely surface over time, therefore clarifying which device this is.


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  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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18 Comments

1. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

The SD 450?? Good strategy TCL. Let see if TCL ruin BB key2 lite by pricing the SD 450 device way above $200.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I’m not sure why you have it out against TCL. I understand you’re an ASUS and Nokia fan, but I’m not sure why there’s all the hate over TCL.

8. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I say 450 is great. 450 is basically lower speed of 625. Power efficient But I think BB/TCL will ruin it by giving it a $400 price tag.... As usual

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yes but it just seems like every article mentioning a Blackberry device you seem to respond in a negative way. I’m just curious is all. Not that everyone isn’t entitled to their own opinions, but it just seems that you go out of your way to show your own disdain.

13. Carjackd

Posts: 2; Member since: May 12, 2018

People will complain for the sake of complaining. Some don't get the cost of a physical keyboard, or the value in BlackBerry Security suite. This certainly isn't coming in a thousand dollars like some other devices and should be able to handle BlackBerry Android exceptionally well with amazing battery life.

15. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Sorry if I show the reality which is harsh. I'm not painting BB in any negative view. I was simply reminding all the 'BB fans' that the reality is far from what they know.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The 450 is a nice little chipset that should give the device absolutely amazing battery life. It should also run the BB flavour of Android just fine. I'm not quite sure what the problem is here.

9. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

The problem is BB/TCL will sell it overpriced. Thus making the device undersireable

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Will it be priced higher than other devices with similar internals? Most likely, yes. Does that make it undesirable? Not necessarily. If somebody is looking for a device at a lower price tag but with a physical keyboard, this could be perfect. It just won't be competing at the same game with other lower end devices. It's niche.

16. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

The sad trurth is.... Its also won't sell much with lower price. The era of PKB already over.

17. joshuaswingle

Posts: 621; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

If TCL wanted BlackBerry to compete with mainstream brands and sell millions of units they would scrap the physical keyboard entirely. The brand is catering to a niche. Sales aren't the goal. Profit is.

18. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

How can you have profit if you only sell a few??? BB stop producing the BB device and sell/rent the brand to TCL and others because they can't have a good profit. TCL will stop producing the BB-branded phone if they can't make the profit. Just FYI... The BB aurora is a complete failure... The price have been reduced to half of original price since 3 months after releasing to the market, and the factory kind of stop answering question about it.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, Snapdragon 450 is a pretty decent chip with performance roughly on par with The Snapdragon 625 that appeared in The KEYone™. And lets face it; Most people who drool over The KEYone™ can't actually afford to pay close to $600 for something they're going to flash around for the most part instead of actually using as a daily driver. And for a 'TOY' like that; a $600 price-tag is just too much. And that's where this KEYtwo Mini comes in! I'll be keeping an eye on the mini variant! Seems like a successor of The Q5 and I'm sure it'll be interesting! G'Day! [Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the preceding text belong solely to the author Mr. GreenMan who bears no ill-will to RIM, Blackberry, Mr. Chen, TCL and BBM.]

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I was thinking about this more and more, and I’m wondering if this is the “Blackberry Bold” remake that Chen was talking about building earlier this year. He saw the success of the Nokia remakes and wanted to build one himself and the Snapdragon 450 would fit perfectly as a Bold remake.

6. Subie

Posts: 2378; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You could be partly right. At this point Though Blackberry is not in the position to build anything. I think Chen was talking about, and hoping someone else would build it. https://crackberry.com/john-chen-wants-someone-build-simple-bold-9900-smartphone#0ukmQd5dp3DZrqpo.97

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Right that’s what I meant. I wasn’t saying Blackberry themselves but I know he said he wanted that to be built and Blackberry still has some sway in terms of which products are being sold with their name on it. TCL uses the design patents that Blackberry has. And depending on which article you read, it says that Chen himself was going to talk to their partners (like TCL) about building a Bold remake.

11. Subie

Posts: 2378; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Sorry if I misread - It happens from time to time. But when you write things like: "the “Blackberry Bold” remake that Chen was talking about building" and, "He saw the success of the Nokia remakes and wanted to build one himself " You gotta see where I thought you were going with it... Cheers.

14. Carjackd

Posts: 2; Member since: May 12, 2018

And not are the building anything. Device manufacturing of blackberry devices is left up to their three licenees, and nobody wants to licence bb10

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