A filing with Chinese regulatory body TENAA confirms that the Blackberry KEYOne is getting a sequel. More importantly, the listing on the website also lists the specifications of the device. Showing us that TCL is still keeping with the tradition of avoiding the use of premium level processors.
The supposed BlackBerry Athena looks similar to the KEYOne, with a few minor differences. It now sports a taller 4.5-inch screen, with a resolution of 1620 x 1080, adopting the popular 18:9 aspect ratio.
BlackBerry opted to reign in the curves, and this results in a squarer phone overall. Gone also are the silver highlights like on the KEYOne, replaced by an all-black colour scheme. An odd design choice is to place all the buttons on the right-side of the phone – including the convenience key. Lastly, at the back lies a dual 12MP camera module.
Underneath the skin, is a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 powering the phone, along with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Surprisingly the battery is smaller than the KEYOne; being rated at 3360mAh .
With the TENAA certification, we can expect the launch to happen soon. No timeline has been shared anywhere online. We may see it sometime in the second or third quarter of the year.