The KEYone smartphone was a hit according to BlackBerry. So it comes as no surprise that it might be preparing a successor. It was only a couple months ago that the alleged codenames for upcoming handsets were leaked, and now we are getting our first look at the BlackBerry Athena.
The renders come by way of China's patent office, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and show off the Athena in great detail. As you can see from the images, the handset has a physical QWERTY keyboard and similar shape to that of the KEYone. It is hard to tell without any specifications being attached, but just going by looks, the screen does appear to be larger than its predecessor, there is also refinement when it comes to the look of the keyboard, front-facing camera, and nearby sensors.
The rear looks to be made from a different texture from the KEYone and you can also see that Athena will have dual camera sensors and an LED flash. Furthermore, the physical buttons like the power, volume rocker, and convenience key - have all been moved to one side. The Athena will still have a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type C, and downward firing speaker. While things look good, we still do not have any information about a release date or a price. Hopefully, this will arrive in the coming months.