Rumours surrounding the successor to the BlackBerry KEYone, codenamed “Athena,” have been swirling as of late and a better look at the rumoured device dubbed the KEY² has appeared on China’s TENAA website. TENAA is the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China.
While the renders appearing on the site look fairly similar to the BlackBerry KEYone, manufactured by TCL, there are a few subtle differences. For starters, the keys look a bit larger and flatter than those on the KEYone, as well as having a matte finish as opposed to a glossy one. There is also an extra key with a grid icon on it to the right of the spacebar which, presumably, could be customized to perform various functions (as can each of the keys on the KEYone). Another noticeable difference is the fact that it looks like the KEY² could be sporting a dual camera setup.
While the BlackBerry KEY² naming isn’t listed on the TENAA site, a Weibo user posted an image showing a photo of the device as well as an image taken with the device. The latter portion of the image shows a “BlackBerry KEY²” watermark, suggesting that this could be the name of the upcoming BlackBerry device.
Other rumoured specifications include a Snapdragon 660 CPU, 6GB of RAM, and Android Oreo installed at launch. Of course, as with all leaks and rumours, this information should be taken with a grain of salt but with certification images and photos leaking of the device, it’s pretty apparent of what the design of the BlackBerry KEY² will look like.
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