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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6 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

TCL needs a good kick in the @$$. And that kick should be coming from BB. TCL seems less and less relevant when it comes to new and good hardware design and also what they are doing with the Blackberry brand IMO. Their only "unique" design, the Blackberry Motion was uninspiring and overpriced for what was on offer. The KEYone and KEY2 are great phones for what they are supposed to be; But they are niche products targeting a small segment of the market. They are also of Blackberry's own design and not TCL. Honestly, I wish Blackberry would Broaden it's distribution agreement with Optiemus when their contract runs out with TCL...

2. Vogue1985

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Blackberry has a weak CEO,hence the company has been down so long,and he is still there. Add to that tcl is doing the so so just barely okay thing.

3. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Blackberry was a sinking ship when John Chen took the helm. He successfully save the company and (rightfully earned) is expected to be the CEO though 2023. He was exactly what the company needed, so I'm not sure how you justify calling him "weak". Yes, from a personal consumer perspective It would be nice if there still was a Blackberry hardware division; But that was no longer feasible given their financial (money losing) situation.

4. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

My Wife has Key2 LE, the Android experience is dated (OS 8) but I do really enjoy the form factor.

5. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Still hard to fathom how the Goliaths Nokia and blackberry have fallen to this state. Sad.

6. silverfang77

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 21, 2010

Why won't BB upgrade to a more recent chipset? 6x is from two years ago!

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