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    September 21, 2017

    BlackBerry’s ‘Krypton’ leaks out with KEYone design flavour

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    A new BlackBerry smartphone – dubbed the ‘Krypton’ – has leaked, revealing a design heavily inspired by the BlackBerry KEYone.

    BlackBerry’s KEYone (pictured above) impressed us earlier this year with its solid design and great battery life, and new leaks suggest that BlackBerry is ready to debut another smartphone in the form of the Krypton.

    The Krypton, judging from recent leaks, seems to inherit a great deal of the KEYone’s design DNA – sharing a similar but smaller camera module and a carbon fibre rear reminiscent of the KEYone’s dimpled back panel.

    Read: BlackBerry KEYone Review: A bold vision of past and present

    Leaked images and rumoured specs have illustrated that the Krypton will supposedly arrive with a 5.2″ or 5.5″ display with a 1088 resolution, while Qualcomm’s 625 chipset and 4GB of RAM will set underneath the bonnet.

    The device will, apparently, topple the KEYone by including a larger 4,000mAh battery which should – if the KEYone was any indication – amount to a long-lasting battery indeed.

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    The leaked Krypton (top) with the KEYone (below).

    It remains unclear exactly what role the Krypton will play in BlackBerry’s resurgent product line. The company of course as its DTEK range of smartphones at the bottom end, while the KEYone retails above the R9599 ZAR mark in South Africa.

    BlackBerry could be preparing to release a new flagship to replace the ageing Priv, or the firm could elect to release the Krypton as yet another special edition of the KEYone.

    An exciting – but unlikely – thought is that the Krypton may be a variant of the KEYone designed to resurrect BlackBerry OS; BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has indicated that while his company is committed to Android, a BlackBerry OS device may one day resurface.

    Read: BlackBerry releases its core apps on Android, with a new subscription model

    What are your thoughts? Would you be prepared to purchase a new BlackBerry device that hews close to the KEYone? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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