BlackBerry Key2, the successor to last year’s KeyOne, will be launched at a New York event on June 7. The smartphone will be part of BlackBerry’s effort to stay relevant in the ever competitive smartphone segment. The company has already signed three OEMs as partners for manufacturing BlackBerry-branded smartphones.
While BlackBerry Key2 seemed to be the first device from the Canadian company and its partners this year, another smartphone dubbed BBG100-1 has been spotted on Geekbench, revealing some of its specifications. The listing shows that it will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and will include Android 8.1 Oreo and 4GB of RAM. The listing shows that the upcoming device has scored 698 in single-core and 3656 in multi-core test.
The listing does not giveaway a lot apart from minor specifications of the smartphone but some media reports claim it could be the second keyboard-featuring BlackBerry device launching this year. There are also reports of the smartphone being a ‘Lite’ version of the Key2. The details regarding the availability and pricing of the smartphone remain scant at this moment. BlackBerry Key2 is expected to feature a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels, translating to a 3:2 aspect ratio. This will look widely different when compared to smartphones with taller aspect ratio.
The BlackBerry Key2 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset and sport a dual rear camera setup combining a 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel image sensors. There is no clarity on its price but it is expected to be made by TCL for the North American market. There is a possibility that the smartphone will land in India under license from Optiemus.
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While Microsoft has given up on smartphones, BlackBerry is trying to keep its name afloat in the smartphone business with new partnership. As part of the tie-up, BlackBerry is outsourcing the manufacturing part of devices to Optiemus, TCL and BB Merah Putih and is hoping to release more devices with company’s own security suite on top of Android experience.