BlackBerry phones to return in 2021, with 5G and physical keyboard

TCL’s BlackBerry Key2 was launched in 2018, however regardless of a rumored replace, the Key3 by no means materialized.

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BlackBerry is again, once more. Kind of. The smartphone model as soon as synonymous with company success and government-level safety will return due to safety startup OnwardMobility and FIH Cellular, a subsidiary of Chinese language gadget manufacturing large Foxconn. OnwardMobility plans to launch a brand new 5G BlackBerry Android telephone within the first half of 2021, the corporate stated in a press release Wednesday. 

This is not the primary time the enduring model has licensed its dotted emblem to a different smartphone maker. After guardian firm Analysis in Movement discontinued the BlackBerry line in 2016, Chinese language producer TCL picked up the license and began making BlackBerry telephones in 2017. That contract runs out on the finish of this month, and TCL says it is determined to let go of the BlackBerry brand past that time, having launched TCL-branded phones to reasonable success earlier this yr.

Die-hard BlackBerry followers can nonetheless choose up TCL’s BlackBerry Key2 till Aug. 31, which TCL says it’ll proceed to assist for a minimum of one other two years.

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