BlackBerry is set to reveal a new smartphone. By now, most of you know it’s the KEY2 that is being teased for the past few weeks. The device is said to be announced on June 7, Thursday, in New York. The Canadian smartphone pioneer, now owned by TCL, isn’t giving up yet. We don’t know how sales are currently doing but BlackBerry will only continue to come up with affordable and really secure smartphones made possible by its numerous privacy features.

A BlackBerry device, believed to be the KEY2, has hit Weibo and TENAA recently, complete with image renders. This next-gen BlackBerry phone still boasts a QWERTY keyboard for that classic feel that will remind you of the beginnings of the smartphone era. The keyboard comes with the touchscreen display so you can enjoy both tactile and capacitive mobile experience.

Evan Blass aka @evleaks just posted several photos of the upcoming BlackBerry KEY2. There’s not much change in the design but as listed on Geekbench, the BlackBerry BBG100-1 will be powered by 4GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, and Android 8.1.0 Oreo. There’s a possibility this could be the KEY2 Lite because posted on Weibo are different specs such as Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB RAM, and Android 8.0 Oreo. That’s still mid-range so don’t expect any premium specs.

The BlacBerry KEY2 will be announced in a couple of days in New York. BlackBerry will live stream the event starting 10 AM EDT. Visit BlackBerry Mobile’s YouTube channel to watch. BlackBerry will open a pop-up showroom on June 8 until the 9th.

We’re looking forward to that “Icon Reborn”. We’re thinking of a familiar smartphone design with an improved QWERTY keyboard plus a touchscreen display. There’s no confirmation yet about the specs and features but we’re certain they will be mid-range.

The BlackBerry Key2 is the next QWERTY phone that boasts a touchscreen display, monthly updates, and guaranteed privacy and security. When it comes to pricing, we’re only looking at a device priced at around $549 and nothing over $600. Also expect some retro-goodness, reminiscent of the early days of smartphones.

VIA: CrackBerry