New renders of the Blackberry KEYOne successor codenamed ‘Athena’ have appeared online. The new Blackberry sports a redesigned keyboard, more angular body and even manages to include dual cameras on the back.
From the renders, it looks like Blackberry and its partner TCL have made the new phone larger by eliminating most of the curves of its predecessor. It has also adopted the colour of the KeyOne Black Edition by going all black rather than a more traditional Blackberry silver trim.
The screen is now extended to the top of the phone, and the soft-keys are still present in this form. The fingerprint/spacebar button is still present, as well as the convenience key popular with TCL products.
Dual cameras at the back take care of imaging, but no clue of its resolution as of yet. Blackberry will retain the 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C looks to be the connector of choice for the device. Possible SoC choices include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or even the new Snapdragon 700 series for longer battery life without sacrificing performance. Blackberry have had a habit of using mid-range processors on its premium phones for some time now, and we don’t expect this to change.
We may see this device sometime this year, but as of now there is no official indication on when the launch will be happening.