BlackBerry decided against announcing the successor to the KEYOne at CES, instead opting to use its stage time to make two smaller announcements – one intended to bolster sales of its existing smartphone range, and a second that could help drum up excitement for the year ahead.
First up, we have an all-new Bronze Edition colour variant of the KEYOne. It’s near-identical to the standard black model the brand and its parent company, TCL, released back in October, with the main difference – aside from the new hue – being that it will come with dual-SIM support in “select markets” across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
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The KEYone, for those unaware, was the first smartphone BlackBerry released under the wing of TCL, sporting a 4.5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 825 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable internal storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 3505mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
We’ve saved the best news for last, though – well, for BlackBerry nostalgists, at least. BlackBerry announced during its recent gathering that it is planning to launch at least two new smartphones this year – one of which could be the second-generation model of the KEYOne, according to recent speculation.
“It has been less than one year since we formally introduced the world to our all-new BlackBerry smartphones and we’ve seen very strong renewed interest thanks to devices like BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion,” said Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile.
“With new BlackBerry smartphones from TCL Communication now available in over 50 countries around the world, we have a solid foundation to continue building upon our portfolio in the new year. This means customers can expect to see at least two new BlackBerry smartphones from us later this year.”
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