BlackBerry, FIH Mobile, and OnwardMobility have signed an agreement to deliver a new BlackBerry-branded smartphone in the first half of 2021.
The new handset will support 5G connectivity, come equipped with a physical keyboard, and provide class-leading security, a unique combination of features for governments and enterprises.
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Under the terms of the agreement, OnwardMobility will plan and sell the upcoming 5G BlackBerry smartphone, FIH Mobile will engineer and produce the device, whereas BlackBerry will provide enterprise and government level security technologies for the upcoming handset. The product will be available in North America and Europe, so for other markets BlackBerry might choose another manufacturing partners.
The press release issued by the three companies does not disclose any details about the upcoming BlackBerry 5G smartphone other than saying that it will feature a QWERTY keyboard, a 5G-enabled mobile platform, use Google’s Android operating system, and support enhanced security technologies. Meanwhile, the PR states that the product will become available in the first half of 2021, which may indicate that development of the handset is well underway.
“Enterprise professionals are eager for secure 5G devices that enable productivity, without sacrificing the user experience,” said Peter Franklin, CEO of OnwardMobility. “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.”
Historically, businesses, governments, and enterprises were happy-enough with their BlackBerry smartphones offering secure communication services, a physical keyboard, and other advantages premium handsets featured at the time. But it is not going to be easy to make a 5G BlackBerry smartphone popular.
Firstly, most people these days are used to touchscreen handsets, but not to physical keyboards, it is not like the latter are less comfortable to use, people are
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