Long after the existence of its first generation model, BlackBerry now evolves the sequel to BlackBerry KEYone, which could debut as BlackBerry KEY2. An unannounced smartphone was spotted on the Chinese TENAA certification website and its test unit was reportedly released before any formal confirmation. The TENAA list shows the dual rear camera settings on the BlackBerry handset that has the BBF100-4 model number. Leaking images on the other hand give a final look at its design and highlight all the key differences between BlackBerry KEYone and its successor. In January, BlackBerry Mobile President Alain Lejeune confirmed that the company is working on at least two new smartphones for the year. So it seems that the successor to BlackBerry KEYone could be one of the upcoming models of Canadian society.
According to TENAA, the suspicious BlackBerry phone, code name "Athena", has a dual rear camera setting that is unlike a single rear camera sensor equipped with KEYone's BlackBerry device. Furthermore, according to the pictures available on TENAA, the smartphone has a complete rubberized, textured panel on the back. This is contrary to the back panel on the BlackBerry KEYone, which did not have a textured design above the rear camera settings.
In addition to these differences, BlackBerry Athena looks quite similar to the BlackBerry KEYone. It sports a full-featured QWERTY keyboard that will likely support gestures and a multitouch-supported display that should come in a 3: 2 aspect ratio. TENAA also emphasizes that the phone has 4G LTE and includes dual-SIM support.
If you are about to escape pictures that have been posted on CrackBerry, an unannounced BlackBerry smartphone seems to have a plastic build. Keys on Full Keyboard QWERTY headphones also have a matte finish. In addition, the handset surfaced on the image bears "No For Sale" brand – suggesting it to be a test unit.
Neither TENAA nor escape images confirm any smartphone specifications that are considered to be the successor to the BlackBerry KEYone. However, there are some rumors that the phone will debut in June with Snapdragon 660 SoC, along with 6 GB of RAM, and Android Oreo.
As mentioned, BlackBerry Lejeune has already confirmed that the company is preparing for this year at least two new smartphones – one of which will probably be the successor to BlackBerry KEYone. The CEO also emphasized that last year's BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion have so far attracted a "strong renewed interest" and helped the company have a "solid foundation" for the future.
BlackBerry KEYone was launched in India in August on Rs. 39,990. Two-SIM smartphone running Android 7.1.1 Nougat and equipped with a 4.5 inch IPS LCD panel with a 3: 2 aspect ratio. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC octagonal core, which is paired with 4GB RAM and equipped with 12 megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 aperture. In addition, the phone has a 64GB onboard storage that is expandable via a microSD card (up to 2TB) and a 3505mAh battery pack.