Chinese mobile manufacturing giant TCL currently builds smartphone devices sold under the BlackBerry brand name, and apparently, it is open to the idea of launching new BlackBerry novels that do away with the brand’s sort of trademark keyboard. As told to Engadget, it seems that the phone maker has plans to release a full touch screen BlackBerry handset some time in October later this year.
Remember BlackBerry’s Mercury smartphone? Well, the Canadian phone maker has since announced a few months ago that the device will be henceforth known as the BlackBerry KeyOne. But information regarding the device’s launch date has been rather, well, mercurial. Back in January, the company (and TCL, the Chinese mobile manufacturer that struck a licensing deal to build and release BlackBerry branded handsets) had teased the device.
The annual Mobile World Congress is the world’s biggest conference for everything mobile, and this year’s event has brought another generous helping of new smartphones. Here are some of the handsets worth checking out.
The BlackBerry Mercury, which is the first of the new generation of BlackBerry devices, will be coming to store shelves on February 25th of this year -- BlackBerry Mobile revealed as much by way of a tweet. This release date is a pretty good choice for BlackBerry, considering that the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest tech show focusing on mobile devices, will be kicking a couple of days later on February 27th in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain.
A little more than three months after BlackBerryannounced that it no longer has any plans of manufacturing its own smartphone devices, there is a new BlackBerry Device debuting at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show being held in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. The newest BlackBerry is called the Mercury (or the DTEK70), and it is officially the first product to come out since BlackBerry inked a licensing deal with TCL about a couple of weeks ago.
BlackBerry has announced the release of its latest Android smartphone, the DTEK60. Geared for midrange and high end consumers based on its $500 price, the handset is made available unlocked by way of the Canadian phone maker’s official website. According to the company, the DTEK60 will be mainly pushed to enterprises, governments, and other organizations to be used by their staff.
BlackBerry has announced that it no longer has any plans to continue manufacturing its own smartphone devices. The Canadian phone maker made its announcement after disclosing that during the third quarter of this year, it had posted a net quarterly loss amounting to $372 million. BlackBerry will still be active in the smartphone business and is looking to put all of its attention on developing software projects as well as licensing, but when it comes to building its own hardware, those days may be over for the company.
BlackBerry may be more into building Android powered handsets than what was previously thought. As reported by leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass (published on Venture Beat), the Canadian phone maker is reportedly working on three new Android devices, code named as Neon, Argon, and Mercury. The talk is that consumers will reportedly see one of the smartphones each quarter.
Good news to all BlackBerry fans! The much awaited BlackBerry Priv will now be easier to buy in the US. Prior to this announcement, the Priv was exclusive to AT&T. But thanks to an announcement made by BlackBerry CEO John Chen, this will no longer be exclusive to just the AT&T network.
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