New image of BlackBerry KEYone sequel surfaces; phone to be named KEY2?

After months of hearing practically nothing about the sequel for the BlackBerry KEYone, information about the phone is pouring out. First, some accessories for the KEYone sequel were posted last month on the website of accessories provider Skinami. Then, some renders of the device surfaced earlier this month, followed by photos posted by Chinese regulator TENAA. Tonight, we have some more goodies to share with you about the BBF100-4, aka the BlackBerry KEYone sequel.

One image comes from weibo, and is in the form of a split screen photograph covered with cute stickers. The picture on the left seems to be a close up of another photo of the sequel that was published without stickers. The "clean" photo is on the right. The screen is covered with a protective wrap, there are no frets on the physical keyboard (unlike the original model), the keys are not glossy (again, unlike the original) and there is a "NOT FOR SALE" warning on the bottom of the device.

The image on the right of the split screen photo is the most important one even if it doesn't show the phone. That's because it was apparently snapped using the camera on the KEYone sequel, and it tells us that the name of the handset will be the BlackBerry KEY2.

The latest buzz calls for a June release, and there is speculation that the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 mobile platform, include 6GB of RAM and come out of the box with Android Oreo pre-installed. The photo of the back of the phone that was posted by TENAA shows that there is a dual camera setup on the back, a first for a BlackBerry branded handset.


source: weibo, CrackBerry

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KEY2
  • Display 4.5" 1080 x 1620 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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28 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Combine that QWERTY keyboard and 18:9 screen, and it will looks great /s

5. gamehead unregistered

an 18:9 screen with a physical keyboard. That will be one long phone

6. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

It won’t look nice actually. It will even stick out of every pockets

11. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

The real question is..... Will it sell??

14. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Even better question is will you ever stop trolling BlackBerry article? You are become almost as bad as you know that has troll BlackBerry for years under many fake account.

2. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ooh cool!

3. drained

Posts: 25; Member since: May 01, 2017

next phone

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looking forward to this. Got all the right boxes ticked for me spec-wise.

13. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Be careful, Meanestgenius. Is not the popular thing to like BlackBerry around here. Many people will attack you for what like, especially the usual troll that come here.

22. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3145; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Like we give AF about the troll farms. You see, these trolls are just jealous because they can't buy a BlackBerry unless it's financed by a carrier - which they aren't. Even an iPhone can be had with less than $100 at any carrier store. It's clear by their posts that the education system in their respective countries failed them "bigly" thus depriving them the opportunity to secure anything beyond a menial labor job.

25. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I do not care about how troll feel. I was being sarcastic like Meanestgenius point out. I agree with you.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! Love the sarcasm, my friend. What Crispin said, my dude. Exactly that. And I know you feel the same way he and I do about these trolls.

26. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Agree with you too Meanestgenius.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Looks like a successor of the squeaky Q5... Looks very cheap. Oh well, it's just a prototype, eh? G'Day!

9. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

"Looks very cheap." It is --BB--. I mean TCL

8. CEDEOTB

Posts: 437; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Since some phones have gone tall with 19:9 notched displays, blackberry could have a 16:9 display with a keyboard and still be reasonably sized.

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3145; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Anything more than 16:9 and you end up with a very cramped keyboard. You may as well get a Palm Centro or HP Veer if you want to torture yourself with a tiny keyboard.

24. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You're forgetting something called 'Physics' here, mate. Priv had a 16:9 display with a slider keyboard and... Almost all review I read complained about its top-heaviness. And most users say they rarely slide out the keyboard to jolt down text because its quite cumbersome to use. I personally think 2:3 aspect ratio is perfectly fine.

10. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I think BB need to focus on price/performance.

16. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

BlackBerry price for what it offer is good. Is still much less than what other premium phone cost. Performance is good on KEYone too. If you use one, you would know this.

12. TangoIndiaMike

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 16, 2017

Looks good....Want one!

15. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

This will replace my KEYone. I will purchase one as soon as it is available.

17. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Sure....

18. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I know that I am sure. Confidence is “Key”.

19. Farcaster

Posts: 162; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

RemoteBerry!

27. Sparkxster

Posts: 1238; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

This phone would have much more potential as a slider design. Wish Google+HTC would make a more modern version of the G1.

28. perry1234

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I hope it is not badly overpriced like the KeyOne. Has major potential to be successful.

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