According to a recent post on the official Chinese mobile certification website TENAA, there could soon be an upgrade to last year’s BlackBerry KEYOne. A listing on TENAA includes images of a smartphone named the BlackBerry Athena. However, it could end up being named BlackBerry KeyOne (2018).
A notable difference is the lack of the BlackBerry logo on the spacebar. In addition, the rear panel is complete with a rubberized texture, which is a change from the original design of the BlackBerry KEYOne. One notable difference between the current leak and the earlier BlackBerry KEYOne is the dual camera setup.
The KeyOne is an Android-powered smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard by BlackBerry. It builds on nostalgia of QWERTY devices that BlackBerry devices were known for. The KEYOne was launched with Android 7.1.1 out of the box and was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. It has 4GB of RAM with 64GB internal storage. In terms of camera, it has a 12-megapixel primary camera (1.55um pixels), and an 8-megapixel front camera.
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The BlackBerry KeyOne is a dual-SIM smartphone also comes with USB Type-C connectivity, and support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 to quickly charge the 3,505mAh battery. The smartphone also comes with BlackBerry’s suite of software and functionality, including apps such as Hub, DTEK and the Blackberry launcher, which are developed with business productivity and security in mind. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor, which is embedded into the spacebar on the keyboard of the device.