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BlackBerry’s keyboard-free Krypton leaks

by Justin Herrick | September 22, 2017September 22, 2017 11:00 am EST

TCL’s next phone may look like the KeyOne and the Priv from behind, but it’s built to be the successor to the DTEK50 and DTEK60. The Krypton will be missing a physical keyboard. Instead the phone will rely on an on-screen keyboard for text input as the majority of smartphones do.

The news out today, however, isn’t about the absence of a physical keyboard. Two images of the Krypton leaked and show the phone’s back.

The Krypton’s back closely resembles the KeyOne that debuted in early 2017. Both have their camera modules in the top left corner with LED flash to the right, boast textured backs, and are stamped in the center with the BlackBerry logo. The Krypton will downgrade the two-tone LED flash, though. It’ll also have a carbon fiber back rather than rubber.

Rumored specifications for the Krypton include a Full HD (1920×1080) display with standard 16:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 or 626 for the processor, 4GB of RAM, a 4000mAh battery, a USB-C port, a headphone jack, a fingerprint scanner, and IP67 certification for water and dust resistance.

TCL and BlackBerry are expected to release the Krypton in October, and it’s price should be $499 in most markets.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...