CANADIAN HAS-BEEN BlackBerry is gearing up to launch a brand-new smartphone. Contain yourself, people.
The company, which recently offered its remaining fans swag to promote the BlackBerry brand, confirmed on Twitter that it'll be TCL Communications will be showing off the BlackBerry Key2 at an event in New York on 2 June.
No further details have been teased, but given that the handset will arrive as the successor to last year's BlackBerry KeyOne, expect the firm's iconic keyboard-led design to make a re-appearance.
Chinese technology website TENAA claims to have more information, having obtained images of the keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Key2 (above).
These images, if legit, confirm that the incoming "icon" will improve on the original KeyOne with a dual camera setup on its backside. TENNA also claims that the handset will feature a 4.5in 1080x16020 touchscreen, 6GB RAM, 64GB built-in storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD, a 3,360mAh battery and Android 8.1.
Google's OS no doubt arrive topped with BlackBerry's usual array of software features such as BBM, its privacy-focused DTEK app and its 'Boost' charging technology.
Meanwhile, alleged benchmarking results for the Key2 have cropped up on Geekbench, all-but-confirming that the handset will sport an eight-core Snapdragon 660 processor and 6GB of RAM.
Currently, there is no word on when the device will be released or how much it will cost.
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