The latest Android smartphone from BlackBerry has gone on sale in the United Kingdom, initially available exclusively from Selfridges in Oxford Street. It is the brand’s first release since licensing rights were acquired by TCL.
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During an earnings call with investors, BlackBerry CEO John Chen gave a strong indication that BlackBerry may release another tablet. Although full details were not given, Chen said the device in question would be Android-based.
Details of BlackBerry’s next Android smartphone have leaked, ahead of the device’s official unveiling. The handset itself is significant, being the final piece of BlackBerry-designed hardware that will be released.
Camera quality is the one key area where smartphone manufacturers have been seeking to differentiate their products in recent years. In line with that trend, it appears that BlackBerry is preparing to include a top-end sensor in its next smartphone.
BlackBerry is to officially step away from mobile hardware, after concluding a licensing agreement with China’s TCL Communication. The news is not a surprise, as BlackBerry has been struggling to compete against rivals such as Samsung in recent years, and already had an existing relationship with TCL.
As BlackBerry looks to position itself as a serious contender amongst Android smartphone manufacturers, the Canadian company has announced the launch of a new handset. The BlackBerry DTEK50 immediately stands out from the firm’s previous Android offerings due to being much more keenly priced.
Since releasing the BlackBerry PRIV Android smartphone in 2015, BlackBerry’s fortunes have not taken a dramatic turn for the better. But the company remains committed to the smartphone market, despite rumours that they could focus solely on enterprise services in the future.
There is growing evidence emerging that BlackBerry has outsourced its next smartphone to TCL Corporation. A listing has been spotted on the website of the Wi-Fi Alliance that has hallmarks of being a BlackBerry device.
BlackBerry chief executive John Chen has confirmed that his company is to launch two mid-range Android smartphones this year. One of the devices will follow BlackBerry’s heritage and feature a physical keyboard, with the other designed to a more standard smartphone form factor.
BlackBerry has played a straight bat following mounting speculation that it is planning to release an Android device. The company has refused to address the issue directly, but did not deny that it is working on an Android-based product.