BlackBerry KEYone successor "Athena" shows off design in new renders

BlackBerry KEYone successor
A new set of renders appears to show off the successor to last year’s BlackBerry KEYOne. It has previously been rumored that the Canadian brand would be launching a successor to the original device, internally known as “Athena.” But thanks to a newly-leaked set of renders, the design of the new smartphone has been shown off in full.

As expected, the device, which could be called either the BlackBerry KEYtwo or KEYone 2, retains the brand’s signature QWERTY keyboard, while also sporting a slightly more angular design. Following in the footsteps of the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition, the successor adopts a much darker frame, doing away with the silver one that was featured on last year’s regular variant. In addition, the front glass panel has been extended to the very top of the phone, while the top bezel has also been reduced in size. Furthermore, the keyboard appears to have been designed with a different finish on top of the buttons, while the overall shape is slightly more rectangular. Speaking of rectangular, the rounded frame that featured on last year’s KEYone has been swapped out for a much more angular one that sports a brushed aluminum finish. Also, a fourth textured-button has been added to the side of the device, although it’s currently unclear what this will be used for.

Moving on to the rear of the smartphone, a refined plastic panel covers the majority of the device, while the single camera module featured on last year’s model has been replaced by a new dual-camera setup that is accompanied by a dual-tone flash. On a separate note, a 3.5mm headphone jack is included on top of the device, while a USB Type-C connector can be seen between the bottom firing speaker.

BlackBerry smartphone manufacturer TCL is yet to make an official statement in regards to the rumored device but, considering last year’s smartphone went on sale in April, an updated version should be due sometime in the near future.

source: Slashleaks



1. libra89

Posts: 2296; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ooh this could be interesting.

2. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Nice but Keyone,Motion in my country are already overcharge like Apple devices for a like of SD625 chipset.Keytwo will get surely be a huge upgrade over prior one with a SD660 chipset & Motion 2 with a SD630/636 chipset but it will be the former one I guess a cheap price maybe.Design look a outdated compare to keyone but it's display is tall actually this time.

13. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

BlackBerry has always been overcharging. But, wait a few months and the prices will go down like a drop from a cliff.

31. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

or not.... keyone still 500 euros after 1 year on market already

3. torr310

Posts: 1674; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Blackberry have their own unique and classy designs and I do hope they are able to keep making good phones.

5. gamehead unregistered

Ew physical keys on a phone

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3150; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Oh for God's sake grow up. Are you afraid of buttons giving you cooties?

23. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Are you afraid of someone having an opinion that's different from your own?

30. gamehead unregistered

Bruh. Relax

6. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think another phone in their portfolio is going to help anything. Unless they actually change from the last couple of times they have released a phone, then it's just going to be the same thing again. Price, a crappy camera, and lack of updates to the next version of Android is their biggest challenge here. They have to address those in order to survive.

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

To survive what? People have been claiming BB is dead for years but they continue to do what they need. Don’t forget that current BB phones aren’t actually made by them.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3150; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

He knows. He just likes to incite venom, as his current username suggests. He hates BlackBerry because of some previous sexual assault by a Bold with the vibrate motor stuck on high.

25. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So does that explain why you are so crabby all the time?

12. aegislash

Posts: 1516; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

What exactly are they trying to survive? They're doing just fine doing what they do. Keep it up though, Mxy. Your comments are pure comedy gold, and you give us such a good laugh! Never change.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Is funny because everybody know who this guy really is.

20. aegislash

Posts: 1516; Member since: Jan 27, 2015's actually quite sad that he thinks he's fooling anyone.

26. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So instead of actually trying to refute what I said, you refer to some bs conjecture a known multi account user started up? Didn't work for him and it certainly isn't going to work for you. Unless you actually have a real response to what I said, don't waste my time.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

What conjecture? Everything he say is true. Everybody know who you really are and how many puppet account you use here. All you do is regurgitate same comment you have been making about BlackBerry for years. It do not work well for your other puppet accounts, and is not working for this one.

24. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

As usual people misunderstood my comment, so I have to once again clarify. No where in my comment did I say or infer that blackberry is still making devices. Even so, you guys have to stop using that as a fallback answer whenever someone mentions the poor sales. It doesn't matter if they are making devices or not. If they are not selling, then BlackBerry's name is going to take a hit. Why you guys continue to ignore this is beyond me. What I said in my previous comment is verifiable information. Denying it won't change a thing.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Nobody misunderstand your comment. You backtrack now because people point out fallacy in your comment. BlackBerry not making phone anymore is not fallback answer. Is verified truth. You only say it is fallback answer because you are in denial of truth. BlackBerry latest earning report prove that phone sale do not affect the bottom line, because they keep posting more record profit from previous earning report. Why you in denial of this fact? This is verified truth. You can deny truth, but it still remain the truth.

7. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

They named it after my cousin? ;)

8. JcHnd

Posts: 283; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I mean... why dont they get rid of the back home and recent buttons and just make a solution like the motorola g5 with gestures on the fingerprint scanner? that way the screen would've been bigger... -_-

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3150; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Never used a BlackBerry before have you? The whole keyboard is a trackpad and TCL uses capacitive buttons on all their devices.

15. alexlee6

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2018

simply fantastic,aesthetically beautiful. i will buy it.

16. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

I think that's the most stupid design flaw to carry on! LOST THE DAMN NAV BUTTONS! IT'S 2018! make it a little slimmer! bump the RAM!

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3150; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Losing screen real estate for nav buttons is what's stupid.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

BlackBerry KEYone is very good phone. It have good camera, very good battery, and power efficient soc to help keep phone going. BlackBerry phone is good for security, and BlackBerry keep KEYone up to date with fast monthly security update. This Athena will be very good phone too. I will buy this when it come out to replace my KEYone.

21. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Very nice looking phone. Sophisticated.

22. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Blackberry phones are just so much tempting.!!!

32. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

another important thing to improve is keyboard trackpad accuracy! I have a Keyone Black edition and the scroll of the keyboard trackpad is not good while using on websites and in general. it scrolls choppy and unevenly, making it a pain to use. I also tested other Keyones and they all are the same.

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