BlackBerry KEY2 Smartphone Officially Arriving on June 7
On its official Twitter account, BlackBerry Mobile announced that it would launch the BlackBerry KEY2 next month. The image contains the “AN ICON REBORN” tag and the venue, date, and time. The smartphone will succeed last year’s BlackBerry KeyOne, which managed to grab eyes with its keyboard design but was let down by performance issues.
This image clears previous confusion about the smartphone’s name, which ranged from KEYone (2018) to KEYtwo. The launch event will be held in New York on June 7 from 10 AM. The tweet didn’t reveal any picture or any details about the smartphone.
The tagline “AN ICON REBORN” may hint that the company will take a modern approach to designing the smartphone. The smartphone will not only be up to date with the latest hardware but software as well.
The smartphone appeared last month on the Chinese mobile certification website TENAA with the codename “Athena’ revealing its design aspects. From the image, the smartphone didn’t have the BlackBerry logo on the spacebar and had a rubberized texture on the back. The power button and the volume rocker are placed on the right side. The smartphone features a dual camera setup on the rear stacked horizontally in the upper left corner. The 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB type-C port can be clearly seen.
BlackBerry KEY2 will be an Android smartphone with a physical QWERTY keypad, which the company is known for. The smartphone also recently cleared Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certification. From there, we know the device will sport dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. According to the rumors, the smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
There is no more information regarding the smartphone’s specs, price, or availability in other markets.