Last year in the first product to come from TCL bearing their newly acquired rights to the BlackBerry name for hardware, we saw the launch of the BlackBerry KeyOne. The device was a nice smartphone that we rated highly despite the niche buyer that it would likely appeal to. Although we had some reservations about why TCL would want to bring the KeyOne to market, it must have been a success as rumors have been swirling about a successor device alternately known as the KeyTwo or KeyOne 2 or by its apparent project name, Athena. Those rumors got a boost when some press renderings alleged to be the device hit the Internet.
If the images are accurate, TCL appears to be providing their take on an Android-powered BlackBerry smartphone that is updated to some current market trends. That includes the addition of a dual lens camera on the back of the device and potentially a slimmer profile. TCL appears to be planning to keep the 3.5mm audio jack. The BlackBerry KeyTwo will also keep another hallmark of the brand – the physical keyboard. Clearly that means the device will not be getting the full screen, minimal bezel look taking over the market at present and there is no sign of a notch.
TCL has not provided any kind of verification that the images are legitimate and likely will not do so. We will watch for more information or leaks regarding a potential successor to the KeyOne.