BlackBerry is making a comeback next year with Android smartphones, 5G support, and its signature physical keyboard. The company has partnered with a US-based organization to design and manufacture Blackberry branded 5G mobile devices. The first BlackBerry 5G Android mobile device will be released early next year, the company has promised.
BlackBerry, a company once owned by Research In Motion (RIM), was, until recently, part of the TCL group. However, after the partnership ended earlier this year, the Canadian company was looking at new opportunities. It seems BlackBerry has found a new partner in the form of US-based OnwardMobility. Together, the duo will also work with FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, to design and manufacture Blackberry branded 5G mobile devices.
BlackBerry To Make A Second Comeback With 5G Enabled Android Smartphones Featuring Trademark Physical Keyboard:
OnwardMobility has confirmed the company is entering a licensing partnership with BlackBerry along with FIH Mobile Limited. Although the US-based company might not be universally known, OnwardMobility claims to produce productive, user-friendly, and secure mobile devices for all businesses. Their primary clients are not ordinary consumers. The company specializes in developing custom hardware for specific purposes. The company claims several enterprises, government, and regulated industries like finance or legal as its customers. Simply put, the company is involved in designing privacy-focused devices that are mission-critical.
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BlackBerry and OnwardMobility will work jointly with FIH Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, to design and build a new 5G BlackBerry Android smartphone with a physical keyboard. The custom and purpose-built BlackBerry 5G Android mobile device is expected to be ready in the first half of 2021. The companies have promised that customers in North America and Europe would be the first ones to get these new devices.
Under the Terms of Agreement, BlackBerry has granted OnwardMobility the right to develop, engineer, and bring to market a BlackBerry 5G mobile device. Moreover, the company’s official page suggests they are planning on launching multiple devices.
BlackBerry Could Revive Itself Successfully Next Year?
BlackBerry smartphones were extremely desirable in the early 21st century. The mobile devices, running BlackBerry’s own operating systems, were in the hands of corporates and consumers alike. Despite several innovations, BlackBerry lost momentum and was left far behind Samsung, Apple, and several other Chinese smartphone manufacturers. While the proprietary OS could be blamed, buyers simply preferred all-glass, powerful smartphones.
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Despite the setbacks over the years, BlackBerry, OnwardMobility, and FIH Mobile Limited could successfully bring back the brand as well as the signature physical keyboard. BlackBerry has always been exceptionally stringent about data security and customer privacy. Now the situation has turned very favorable owing to the increasing number of employees working remotely with sensitive data and critical applications. There is a rising threat of cyberattacks. Hence, there’s a need for a secure, feature-rich 5G-ready phone that allows for better productivity.
Enterprises and governments are demanding highly secure, 5G-ready smartphones that can easily be deployed and managed remotely to prevent data theft or espionage. The BlackBerry brand is known for protecting communications, privacy, and data. Needless to add, BlackBerry and its new partners could offer a reliable mobile communication platform that comprises of enterprise-grade security, 5G connectivity, and the signature BlackBerry keyboard.