- The phone will be furnished with 5G support out-of-the-box and it will have support for both mmWave and Sub-6 5G networks in the United States markets.
After a long gap, the Ontario-based smartphone brand BlackBerry has now announced its comeback with support for 5G and physical keypad during the latter half of this year. The company ended its manufacturing licensee with TCL last year and has now partnered with OnwardMobility, which will sell the phones under the BlackBerry brand.
Back in 2016, the company returned to the Indian soil, which wasn’t fruitful. It launched several smartphones backed by Android with enhanced security and top-notch features, but due to its unpopularity, TCL ended its partnership with the brand.
As of now, the company is yet to announce the pricing and features of the phone. Commenting on the partnership, CEO of BlackBerry, Peter Franklin mentioned that OnWard has no expertise in the mobile business, but the employees are potential enough to carry out the business to the next level. Franklin added to PcMag, “We really see a need for a 5G BlackBerry, Android smartphone with a physical keyboard and being a flagship device.”
The partnership has proclaimed that Onward will take care of the hardware aspect of the phone, while BlackBerry will look at the security aspects of the device. BlackBerry phones will be manufactured at Foxconn International Holdings, which also manufactures HMD Global’s Nokia smartphones.
As of now, it is hinted that the upcoming BlackBerry 5G phones will be unleashed in the European and the United States market and at this moment, there is no plan to launch the phones in other countries, stated by OnwardMobility. According to a couple of leaksters, the new partnership has different plans for its product placement strategy.