INTRO: BlackBerry ended its partnership with TCL earlier this year. While most BlackBerry fans thought that might mark the top of BlackBerry phones, the corporate has today announced its plans to team with OnwardMobility and FIH Mobile Limited for creating a 5G BlackBerry Android smartphone with physical QWERTY keyboard.
According to the handout, the primary smartphone through this partnership will get launched within half of 2021. The company will launch the phone in North America and Europe. Hence, it’s better to not get your hopes up if you’re a BlackBerry fan from India.
Although the discharge mentions just one 5G phone with a keyboard, a replacement poster on OnwardMobility’s website mentions that new ‘BlackBerry 5G smartphones’ are coming in 2021. it’ll be interesting to ascertain if we’ll be witnessing more devices through this partnership going forward.
The company is targeting its upcoming 5G phone at enterprise professionals. the corporate is primarily attempting to supply employees and executives a secure Android experience that enhances productivity while protecting users from security threats like cyberattacks.
“Our Company is thrilled OnwardMobility will deliver a BlackBerry 5G smartphone device with a physical keyboard leveraging our high standards of trust and security synonymous with our brand. We are excited that customers will experience the enterprise and government level security and mobile productivity the new BlackBerry 5G smartphone will offer,” said BlackBerry CEO John Chen.
The company’s resurrection is indeed excellent news for the smartphone market, especially since every other phone follows a glass sandwich design now. The important question, however, is whether or not BlackBerry has learned from its mistakes to return back with new strategies.