It’s about time that TCL releases a successor to the BlackBerry KeyOne. The China-based company has licensed the BlackBerry brand from the Canadian company and is now the global manufacturing partner of BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry KeyOne was its first proper flagship smartphone in this partnership and now a leaked render suggests that the company will be making some significant improvements to the KeyOne’s successor which many believe will be called the BlackBerry KeyTwo.
Others refer to this device as the BlackBerry KeyOne 2 or Athena, which happens to be its codename. The company itself hasn’t confirmed anything about this device so far, let alone what it’s going to be called.
The purported press image of this device shows that it’s going to retain the full QWERTY keyboard that BlackBerry loyalists love. The KeyOne had it as well. The one major difference you can immediately spot is the dual camera system at the back.
It also appears to have a slightly slimmer build than its predecessor but this can only be quantified once the official dimensions are revealed. Despite the recent market trend of ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack, the next BlackBerry-branded flagship appears to be holding on to this fan-favorite.
It’s unclear at this point in time when TCL plans on unveiling this device. Some were announcing an announcement at MWC 2018 in February but that obviously didn’t happen.