BlackBerry Mobile today announced in their official twitter account that it would be launching the BlackBerry KEY² next month. The image contains the tag “AN ICON REBORN” along with the venue, date and time of the event. The smartphone is the successor of the last year’s BlackBerry KeyOne which managed to grab eyes with its keyboard design but was let down by performance issues.The tag line “AN ICON REBORN” may be hint to the fact that the company will take a modern approach in designing the smartphone.
This image clears previous confusion about the name of the smartphone which ranged from KEYone (2018) to KEYtwo. The launch event will be held in New York on June 7 from 10 AM. The tweet didn’t reveal any picture or any details about the smartphone.
The smartphone appeared last month in Chinese mobile certification website TENAA with codename “Athena’ revealing its design aspects. From the image, the smartphone didn’t have the BlackBerry logo on the spacebar and had a rubberised texture on the back. The power button and the volume rocker are placed on the right side. The smartphone seem to feature dual camera setup on the back stacked in a horizontal position the upper left corner. The 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB type-C port can be clearly seen.
BlackBerry KEY² will be a Android smartphone and come with a physical QWERTY keypad something the company is known for. The smartphone also recently cleared Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certification. From these we know that the device will sport a dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. According to the rumours, the smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
Currently there is no more information regarding the specs, price or availability of the smartphone in other markets like India.
Pocophone F1 spotted in Geekbench, Boasts Superb Scores!
With just a few days from its launch, Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is setting new records over benchmarking website GeekBench. The smartphone from the new Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO is being called as the Master of Speed and its performance in this benchmark proves it. The handset has been subjected to multiple leaks before revealing both the design and specifications.
The Pocophone F1 has scored 9081 points in multi core performance beating many classic flagships like Mi 8, OnePlus 6 and even Samsung Galaxy S9+. In the single-core test, it recorded a score of 2467 points of which Samsung Galaxy S9+ being the only smartphone that tops it. The test scores are really impressive considering it is a non-gaming device.
It follows a notched design having a lower chin bezel and comes with a full polycarbonate design to cut costs. It features a 6.18 inch IPS display with a resolution of FHD+ (2246 x 1080 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Under the hood, it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset clocked at 2.8GHz and equipped with a liquid cooling system to keep the device’s temperature in check. The recently leaked price of the devices places it below the cheapest handset with Snapdragon 845, the Asus Zenfone 5z. It’s also rumored to come with a 3D face scanner that works in pitch-dark conditions.
The device will be available in three variants: 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. It sports an AI-powered dual camera setup of 12MP + 5MP with f/1.75 aperture along with an LED flash, dual autofocus, Dual Pixel while offering an AI powered 20MP camera sensor at the front featuring Super Pixel Technology and Face Unlock. It will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology with a 9V/2A charger.
POCO F1 will be launched on August 22 in India and eventually into the European markets. As for the official pricing, the details are yet to be revealed.
BlackBerry sends Media Invites for IFA Berlin Event. BlackBerry Key2 Lite or Key 2 LE Expected
TCL Communications, the current maker of BlackBerry smartphones has sent media invites for a launch event on 30th August on IFA, Berlin. The company has not yet confirmed which device will be launched, but the BlackBerry Key2 LE is expected. The “Save the Date” poster contains no image of the to-be-released smartphone.
A couple of images of the smartphone surfaced online last week giving us an insight into the design aspects and some of the specs too. It is expected to be available in Black, Blue, Red, and Copper color options.
According to the report, the BlackBerry Key2 will feature a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of (1620 x 1080 pixels) with 443 PPI pixel density and an aspect ratio of 3:2 protected by Corning Glass 3.
Under the hood, it will be powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset clocked at 1.8GHz along with Adreno 509 chipset. It will be coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage with further expandable memory options via a microSD card up to 2TB.
In the optics department, the device sports a single 13MP camera with dual tone LED flash on the rear while offering a 5MP camera on the front for selfies and video calling. As expected from a BlackBerry device, it comes with a 4-row Physical QWERTY backlit keyboard with capacitive touch. For security, there is a fingerprint sensor embedded into the space bar but it lacks the trackpad functionality from the KeyOne and Key2.
The Key2 Lite or LE will run on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and will be backed by a 3,500mAh battery as per the recent reports. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) and GPS/GLONASS. As for the price and other launch markets we are still waiting for an official word from the company.
POCO F1 Gets a Launch Date in India, to Launch in August 22nd!
Xiaomi is all set to launch the first smartphone under its sub-brand POCO India, POCO F1 in an event in New Delhi on 22 August, after teasing it for few days on twitter.
Although everything about the Poco F1 smartphone is already known to the people even before Jai Mani making it official, thanks to leaked specs and unboxing video, You can watch it here again if you didn’t saw it:
In case you are still unknown about the leaks, the smartphone has a 5.99 inch Full HD+ notch display (Same notch size as Mi 8) with an aspect ratio of 19:9, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, will be available in three variants 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage, it is reported that the top 8GB variant will be available in Grey, blue, Gradient and Kelver colour option while the two lower variants will only get Red, Blue, Grey and Gradient colour option.
Coming to the cameras, the Pocophone will house an AI dual rear camera setup of 12MP+5MP with f/1.75 aperture along with an LED flash, dual focus and dual pixel, it has a 20MP front camera also powered by AI, a liquid cooling feature to keep the device temperature at check, has a fingerprint sensor on the back and face unlock at the front for security purposes, it will be backed by 4000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology with an 18W charger.
The smartphone is speculated to come with a price tag of 420 Euros which is roughly (Rs.31,500), which is similar to the previously leaked price range of Poco F1 on the Belarusian listing. although it would be interesting to see how POCO price it in India.
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