The iconic, BlackBerry Phones with classic qwerty keywords are coming back in 2021. It will also support 5G and will run on Android. The fans of BlackBerry liked the phone mostly due to its security and physical Qwerty Keyboard. Although the original BlackBerry phones came with BlackBerry OS, the company later shifted to Android in 2015.
After the sales went down, BlackBerry had stopped manufacturing the phones and instead focused on the software business. Later, it also sold manufacturing license to TCL in 2017, which had produced the Android-based, BlackBerry KeyOne. Now BlackBerry is looking to revive its smartphones with a third-party contract manufacturer. It has sold the manufacturing rights to OnwardMobility, a Texas-based contract manufacturer, and will also be collaborating with Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile, which will help in designing and manufacturing the device.
“BlackBerry smartphones are known for protecting communications, privacy, and data. This is an incredible opportunity for OnwardMobility to bring next-generation 5G devices to market with the backing of BlackBerry and FIH Mobile,” said OnwardMobility CEO Peter Franklin in a press release.
There is still no information about the specs or pricing of the phone, but the phone will release in 2021, with 5G. OnwardMobility is focusing on enterprise professionals, and thus the device will be targeting top-tier or premium mid-tier.