Even though BlackBerry no longer produces smartphones directly and TCL has withdrawn, the BlackBerry brand is expected to return to the market next year with a keyboard and 5G model.
Even switching to Android and leveraging corporate functions, the BlackBerry brand has struggled to resist changes in the smartphone market and the arrival of Chinese manufacturers.
After BlackBerry in person, it was the TCL group that took up the torch to offer BlackBerry smartphones, before giving up in turn, not without having produced the KeyOne and Key2 / Key2 LE.
However, the fate of the BlackBerry brand in smartphones is not yet sealed and it is the company OnwardMobility which should put the famous name back on the market.
It signed a partnership with BlackBerry and FIH Mobile (dependent on the Foxconn assembler) to be able to design and produce a smartphone under the BlackBerry brand.
The future mobile device will have a keyboard (which has been the strong point of BlackBerrys almost always) and will be the first of the brand to offer 5G compatibility.
It should be distributed in the United States and in Europe during the first half of 2021, indicates the XDA Developers site, with always a focus on the professional market by promising security and remote management functions.