Code hints at new BlackBerry handset code-named Monet

Code hints at new BlackBerry handset code-named Monet
According to CrackBerry, a new BlackBerry handset might be on the way. Code discovered in certain files contain hints about a phone with the code name "Monet" and a model number of BBJ100. The device will apparently have two variants, a single SIM model and an International version with dual SIM capabilities. The phone could be powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, which happens to be the same chip running the BlackBerry KEY2.

The latest BlackBerry model offered in the U.S. is the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition. The phone has the same specs as the regular KEY2 but features 128GB of native storage. That is double the 64GB found on the original version of the device. The KEY2 has a model number of BBF100-2 which could indicate that the mystery phone will be another variant of the phone.

BlackBerry no longer makes its own phones, and instead, it licenses its software and name to different manufacturers. The KEY2 and KEY2 LE are both produced by China's TCL, while India's Optiemus Infracom is responsible for the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X. A third licensee, Indonesia's PT BB Merah Putih, released the BlackBerry Aurora in 2017. Only the KEY2 and KEY2 LE are offered in the U.S.

According to data from Statista.com, BlackBerry had on average a .25% share of the U.S. smartphone market last year.

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