Pictures have been published that may show the successor of the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone from the Chinese smartphone maker TCL. The device would have the name BlackBerry Key2 and include a matte physical keyboard.
The image first appeared on the forum of BlackBerry fansite Crackberry and then put a Weibo user a photo next to that would have been made with the phone, containing the logo with the name Key2.
Compared to last year KEYone appeared, the keyboard is something else. The keys are matte and no longer shiny. In addition, there is a nine-dot button next to the sym button, to the right of the space bar. The space bar could, like the KEYone, contain the fingerprint scanner.
There have not been many rumors about the device before, although the Chinese inspection agency TENAA recently tested a smartphone with the codename BlackBerry Athena . The Athena seems to be the same device as the Key2.
TCL has not announced anything about a possible successor to the KEYone. That phone appeared last summer in the Benelux. TCL has a license on the brand name BlackBerry. The Canadian company of the same name provides software for the devices, but is no longer responsible for the production and the design of the phones.