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The BlackBerry Key2 is officially arriving on June 7

13 May 2018

BlackBerry has not only made it clear that it is still around but is also ready to announce its next smartphone.

Only few days ago we saw the news that BlackBerry KEY2 AKA Athena had received its WiFi and Bluetooth certification and now BlackBerry has announced that the phone is ready and will launch on June 7 at an event in NY. The certification listings that have been spotted so far suggest that this new device will be a successor to the BlackBerry KeyOne. The branding of KEY2 is pretty interesting, with new Blackberry KEY2 logo with a numeral "2" rather than two spelled out, like the company did with KEYone.

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BlackBerry Mobile revealed the BlackBerry Key2 launch date through its official Twitter account. The unveiling will take place in NY at 10am on the aforementioned date. Also, a few leaked images provided a closure look at its design and highlight all the key differences between the BlackBerry KEYone and its successor. The tweet includes a teaser that reads, "An Icon Reborn".

The TENAA listing showcased a dual-camera setup at the back, while retaining the physical keyboard. The smartphone might have a 3.5mm audio jack on the top and it might feature a USB Type-C port at the bottom.

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On the front, the display of the Key2 is expected to support multi-touch 4.5-inch 3:2 display and a QWERTY keyboard with gesture support. The keys on the full QWERTY keyboard of the handset also have a matte finish.

Further, BlackBerry KEY2 is rumoured to come with dual cameras. Some reports suggests that the device could be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset, paired with 6GB of RAM.

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The BlackBerry Key2 is officially arriving on June 7