BlackBerry brand has recently be enjoying fresh air under TCL Technology ownership. Last year witnessed the rebirth of smartphones with QWERTY keyboards with the arrival of BlackBerry Keyone. Following the company’s market performance tagged “Mission Accomplished”, the device is about to get a successor.
According to leaked renders from the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), the new phone will be called BlackBerry Athena and will feature a dual camera on its back.
The BlackBerry Athena looks to follow on the formula of Keyone. It’s dual camera setup, paired with dual-LED flash, will be a first for BlackBerry devices. The Convenience key now makes its way in the middle of the right side, instead of being on the left like on the Keyone.
The front seems to have a taller display from the previous 3:2 panel, but initial calculations lead to 16:10. The QWERTY keyboard is below and pretty straightforward.
The bottom will house the grill speaker and the USB-C charger, while the 3.5 mm jack is on the top. There will be only one selfie camera on the front, while the back appears to be plastic, chamfered from top to bottom with the BlackBerry logo.