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A 5G-ready BlackBerry phone with Android and physical keyboard is slated for H1 2021

By Liu Hongzuo - on 20 Aug 2020, 12:57pm

A 5G-ready BlackBerry phone with Android and physical keyboard is slated for H1 2021

The last BlackBerry phone we saw, BlackBerry Key2, in 2018.

It looks like there's going to be another Android-based BlackBerry smartphone in the near future, replete with 5G compatibility and its physical QWERTY keyboard.

US-based phone maker Onward Mobility put out an official statement stating that they are working on bringing a 5G-capable BlackBerry smartphone to consumers "in the first half of 2021". The company is working with BlackBerry and Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile to bring the device to the U.S. and Europe markets.

This partially explains why TCL ceased its sales of BlackBerry phones as of this month. It appears that BlackBerry has licensed Onward Mobility to develop, engineer, and sell its phones, with FIH Mobile responsible for the designing, manufacturing, components supply, and logistics management of the unnamed device.

"BlackBerry is thrilled OnwardMobility will deliver a BlackBerry 5G smartphone device with physical keyboard leveraging our high standards of trust and security synonymous with our brand. We are excited that customers will experience the enterprise and government level security and mobile productivity the new BlackBerry 5G smartphone will offer," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.

Source: Onward Mobility via The Verge