BlackBerry is getting ready to take the wraps off the successor to the BlackBerry KEYone.
Come June 7, the smartphone maker is going to unveil the BlackBerry KEY2 (or KEYtwo maybe?) at an event in New York City.
The BlackBerry KEYone is the Android phone that's complete with the company's iconic physical keyboard, more or less making it true to phones that made BlackBerry what it is in earlier years.
At this point, not much is known about the BlackBerry KEY2. It isn't even clear whether or not it's going to sport a physical keyboard just like its predecessor. However, the consensus is it'll presumably have one. Just going by the name of the device, that makes a lot of sense too.
The Big Announcement
BlackBerry took things to Twitter to make the big announcement, spreading the word with the tagline "an icon reborn."
pic.twitter.com/t4ZF9yGfhH — BlackBerry Mobile (@BBMobile) May 11, 2018
It doesn't reveal much aside from the time, unveiling date, and place of the event. The tweet was posted with just emojis too — a key, the number 2, and a pair of eyes.
Possible BlackBerry KEY2 Specs
The Chinese regulatory website TENAA may have already revealed what BlackBerry has up its sleeves. According to the listing, the BlackBerry KEY2 will keep the physical keyboard and boast a dual-camera setup on the back.
As for what's under the hood, it could have a 4.5-inch display with a 1,080 x 1,620 resolution and run on Android 8.1 Oreo right off the bat. A 3,360 mAh battery is going to keep the lights on. It could also offer 6 GB worth of RAM and 64 GB of native storage that's expandable by up to 128 GB with a microSD card. There's no word on the processor just yet.
The Bottom Line
Back in February, BlackBerry said that it's "here to stay," aiming to get between 3 percent and 5 percent market share of the premium smartphone scene over the coming years.
Sales of the BlackBerry KEYone haven't been much to rave about, with numbers stopping short of 1 million. Still, the company called it a success, but not in terms of sales but in the device's availability to consumers.
Now with the upcoming BlackBerry KEY2, it looks like the company is off to achieve its goals, banking on the demographic of physical keyboard fans. If things don't work out, it'll always have its security services to lean back on.