BlackBerry’s upcoming KEY2 is set to be unveiled in just three days’ time but now, thanks to Evan Blass, a set of new press renders shows off the upcoming smartphone in its entirety, revealing that the new BlackBerry-branded smartphone doesn’t differ too much to last year’s model, with the overall uniqueness of the design remaining intact. Instead, this year’s offering simply refines the design ever so slightly in the hope of providing a more premium look and feel.
Commencing at the front, the glass panel now extends above the 4.5-inch display to the very top of the smartphone, removing the large metal bezel that was present on last year’s model. Additionally, the keyboard that is featured below the display is now placed on top of a metallic background, although the keys themselves remain largely the same. The only major difference is the inclusion of an extra button consisting of nine dots spread out in three rows that could potentially be a dedicated multitasking button, although this is still unconfirmed. Continuing with what is verified, however, the rear soft-touch plastic panel that appeared on the original KEYone appears to have been removed and in its place is a new hard-touch one that features a slightly refined pattern. Also, just like the front of the smartphone, the rear also does away with the metallic strip up top.
While on the topic of the rear, significant improvements have also been made on the camera front. Specifically, the BlackBerry KEY2 now boasts a dual-camera setup that is rumored to include a main 12-megapixel sensor alongside a secondary 8-megapixel lens. This resolution matches that of the selfie camera. Also, on the inside, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 will be featured alongside 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that will be expandable via microSD. On a final software note, Android 8.1 Oreo will be included straight out of the box.
At this point in time, it’s unclear when exactly the BlackBerry KEY2 will go on sale, but taking into account the June 7 announcement, a late June or early July release are the most likely candidates.