It’s hard to believe BlackBerry is still around, and the company still has keen interest in smartphones. With manufacturing help from TCL, BlackBerry has launched a few phones over the years. The most notable model of recent times is the BlackBerry KEYone, which was highly praised for its value. Despite shipping delays, the Android-powered phone with a keyboard received great sales initially because of its packed value for an affordable package. This helped BlackBerry carve out a niche for itself while in a tough spot.
As we said, BlackBerry has come out with a few Android handsets while providing software applications for others. But, the company has not introduced many second generation products. The KEYone might have been the most successful of BlackBerry’s recent bunch, and it appears the OEM might move forward with it and come back to consumers with an upgraded model of this brand.
The leaked press render depicts a rumored BlackBerry KEYtwo code-named ‘Athena’. As you can see, the model looks to be a significant upgrade over the older generation that is now over a year old. TCL looks to have adopted current market trends including a dual camera and slimmer bezels. There’s also a physical keyboard, once again, as well as a headphone jack. Hopefully this won’t be enough to raise the price. We’ll keep our eyes peeled as usual for more leaks. Stay tuned.