BlackBerry KEYone sequel "Athena" appears on Chinese regulator's site with dual cameras on back

BlackBerry KEYone sequel
Earlier this month, we showed you some renders allegedly revealing the look of the BlackBerry KEYone sequel codenamed "Athena." At first glance, this phone appears to be very similar to the current model. But a closer look reveals sharper squared-off corners on top, an extra textured button on the side, and a dual-camera setup on back. Today, the "Athena" was spotted on the site of China's telecommunications regulator TENAA. This is the agency, similar to the FCC in the states, that must approve all handsets used in the country.

The TENAA certification includes four pictures of the device that are very close to the renders that we passed along almost three weeks ago. Yes, BlackBerry fans, the KEYone sequel will carry two cameras on back. No, apparently the BlackBerry logo will not appear on the keyboard's space bar.

Back in March, accessory producer Skinami posted images allegedly showing some of the wares it will be selling for the KEYone sequel, which apparently will be called the BlackBerry KEYone 2. The buzz out of China calls for a June release of multiple BlackBerry Mobile devices, made under license by TCL. Those new models could include the KEYone 2. For those who keep track of such things, TENAA says that the "Athena" carries a model number of BBF100-4. The current KEYone is model number BBB100-1.

The original KEYone was considered to be one of the most underrated phones of last year. While it hasn't sold much, BlackBerry Mobile called it a success as it is available in 50 countries and offered by more than 110 carriers.

Check out TENAA's images of the BlackBerry KEYone sequel by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: TENAA via SlashLeaks

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68 Comments

1. Botnet64

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 09, 2018

I wanna get this phone , but I assume it won’t be cheap ride .

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

At under $600, the BlackBerry KEYᵒⁿᵉ was one of the most affordable flagship smartphones released in 2017. I don’t see this one being that much more expensive than the first, and it certainly won’t be as expensive as what’s trending for smartphone flagships today.

4. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You are right. But you know hater will still complain about price. Even the ones that never own BlackBerry phone before, but pretend to.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Believe me, I know.

8. Botnet64

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 09, 2018

I hope it won’t be more expensive than the K1. 650, it is no-brainer for me.

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, the keyone had a single camera and a snapdragon 625. It wasn't comparable to most other flagships in it's price range as it was a niche device. And yeah, I know a single camera doesn't equal worse camera (Pixel 2).

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

You just answered your own question about the single camera, so I don’t know why you even included that in your statement. BlackBerry’s also focus on longevity and productivity, and not horsepower. The battery life on the KEYᵒⁿᵉ puts most flagships battery life to absolute shame, and that’s in part because of the chosen SoC. I much rather pay for amazing battery life than a smartphone that has to be attacked to charger for half the day. Niche device doesn’t mean it wasn’t comparable. Stop it.

50. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I guessed someone would mention my single camera statement. What I meant was that a lowly chipset, a moderate single camera, and other okay specs except battery life made it look like worse in comparison to most other flagships in its price range. And that keyboard made it a niche device, to soem extent. I did love the blackberry keyone though for it's uniqueness, but that doesn't mean I am forced to blabber about how awesome it is in terms of specs.

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

That “lowly chipset” is part of what allows the KEYᵒⁿᵉ to have the amazing battery life that it has. It puts other flagships to absolute shame. I’d choose that over having to hug a wall or walk around with one of those ugly power banks on my phone any day of the week. It’s not a worse comparison to other flagships in its price range, either. The camera is pretty damn good on the KEYᵒⁿᵉ as well. Not saying it was as good as what Huawei, Apple, Samsung and some others offer, but let’s face it, BlackBerry devices aren’t known for having the absolute best cameras, they are known for being the best as productivity. The KEYᵒⁿᵉ continues that trend. It brings something as unique to the table as the others do. It being niche because of the keyboard doesn’t mean it’s not comparable to other flagships. It’s something refreshingly different from the “me too” slabs that populate the smartphone space that others like you are forced to blabber about, even though they all look and function the same as every other smartphone out there today, bringing nothing truly unique to market disgustingly full of smartphone “clones”.

57. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Hey dude, no need to force your thinking upon me. I just told I don't think the Keyone is equal to most other flasgships in it's price range, in certain key areas. I respect your opinion about battery life being most important and I think u should respect mine about both battery life and performance being very important. End of story.

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

What?? How am I forcing anything onto you? You responded to me first, attempting to force your views onto me, remember? If you don’t like the response you got from me, then you shouldn’t have responded to me in the first place. I don’t care about what you think concerning smartphones, and definitely would have preferred to not have this conversation at all. I am not required to respect your views on anything, just like you clearly did not respect mine, hence your initial response. Now you’re all triggered because I didn’t fold and accept your opinion as gospel. Next time, bypass my comment completely, as I always bypass yours here on PA. End of story.

60. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I already told I respect your opinion. And I am not trying to force my opinion upon you. Though it looks like its you who is triggered. Regardless, I apologise if I was rude or bad mannered in any way. We always have an angry argument whenever we talk. I don't want to let that happen again.

62. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

And I’m telling you that’s pure BS. If you respected my opinion, you would have left well enough alone. Instead, you tried to force YOUR opinion onto me. Yes, you are trying to force your opinion onto me. For whatever reason, you were triggered by my comment and then felt obligated to force your views onto me. If we always have an angry argument whenever we talk, then maybe it’s best that we don’t talk to each other.

64. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

This is exactly like the last time I explained myself to you on another article about two months ago. You thought that I was just lying and forcing my opinions on you whereas it was the complete opposite of that. Maybe you're right. We should stop arguing with each other.

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

You’re saying what you’re doing it the opposite of that, yet you’re saying that what I’m doing is forcing my opinion down on you, when in fact, it’s YOU that forced your opinion onto me with your initial response to me. You didn’t have to respond to me, yet you felt obligated to do so for no other reason (other than being triggered by my comment) because of the way I feel about BlackBerry smartphones. Yeah, we definitely should not converse anymore.

68. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I think we both are quite sensible and do not senselessly rant about one brand or another. It's our massively contradicting opinions and/or inability to fully comprehend each other that makes us argue like this. So maybe I shouldn't reply to you anymore. Once again, with my first resposne to you, I didn't intend to force my opinion on you. If it felt like I did, then sorry.

13. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

When do single camera and niche mean is not a flagship and cannot be compare to other flagship?

51. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Read my post no.50. And by the way, I never said the Keyone isn't a flagship.

55. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Read your post #7. It imply that KEYone is not flagship.

56. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It's your fault you interpreted it like that. Don't blame it on me if your thinking is different. Besides, flagship means the overall best product from a company. So Keyone is absolutely a flagship. Just not a high end one. Next time, think before you blame others for how you interpret their words........

59. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Now you backtrack because I say something about it. Typical of you. Proof that you backtrack is because you change your feeling about the camera KEYone has. Why respond to Meanestgenius with your type of comment if you do not feel that way? No one say KEYone is high end flagship. But is still flagship. It still beat high end flagship at key points. Next time think before you make comment that you have to backtrack from.

61. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I honestly don't get how and when did I backtrack. Yes, Keyone is a flagship. But for me, not really comparable in most aspecs to other flagships in its price range. That's the moral of my words. How many times do I have to explain that?

63. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I already post where you backtrack. You just add the “for me” part. Before you say it as if it is fact. Once again, you backtrack. KEYone is comparable to other flagship in its price range. You do not have to agree with this. But it does not mean you are right.

65. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Well I don't think it is comparable in most areas. What's your problem with that?? It's my opinion. Don't agree if you don't want to......simple!

67. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I do think KEYone is comparable. Why you get offend from that? Is ok for you to say you do not agree with someone (Meanestgenius for example) but is not ok for me to do the same to you? So you hypocrite now? If you do not like something that is done to you, you should not do it to others. Simple.

36. Kpeterk

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 28, 2018

The KeyOne was not a flagship by any means, so the lower price is justified.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s the current flagship from BlackBerry Mobile/TCL. Just because the SoC is not the latest and greatest, doesn’t make it any less of a flagship, especially if you beat out flagships in certain ways.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

The sequel to one of the best smartphones released in 2017. Can’t wait to see and read more of this.

9. Busyboy

Posts: 733; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Explain to me how anyone can justify buying a Blackberry with their abysmal update track record . The DTEK line never received a single OS update since it was released, and its looking like the KeyOne is following suite.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

They have a great track record at security updates, which are arguably more important than OS updates. Now explain to me why the fact that I like BlackBerry leaves you in such pain?

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