BlackBerry recently officially announced that it has ended support for all its classic smartphones. It said that it will not be offering support for devices that run on BlackBerry 10 OS or later. In August 2020, Onward Mobility, the company that is licensed to release BlackBerry-branded phones, revealed that it will be launching new and innovative BlackBerry 5G phones in 2021, but is this true.

BlackBerry 5G Smartphone coming soon

According to a recent report, Onward Mobility said that BlackBerry 5G phones with keyboards are still in development. The official said, “Although we have encountered obstacles and various delays, we will still bring BlackBerry 5G phones to the market.”

When BlackBerry released an official confirmation that it will stop providing support for BlackBerry phones running BB10 OS, people assumed that the BlackBerry brand is dead. In a blog post, Onward Mobility said that the year 2021 was so challenging for the company that it could not launch a new phone.

It encountered various delays, which prevent it from launching the first BlackBerry phone with 5G support in 2021. It further said that it will release timely updates on the “ultra-secure 5G enterprise smartphone” starting from this month. It will come equipped with a keyboard for a better productivity experience. However, there is no information available on the moniker and specifications of the device.

BlackBerry phones that were launched under the TCL brand between 2016 and 2018 came with Android OS. To those who are unaware, the licensing agreement came to an end in 2020. It appears that the upcoming 5G BlackBerry phone may run on Android 12 OS. Hopefully, the company will release some interesting information about the much-awaited BlackBerry 5G phone later this month. It is expected to release in multiple markets like North America, Europe, and Asia.

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BlackBerry Smartphone

The company is said to be working with Foxconn’s FIH Mobile to develop the first BlackBerry phone with 5G support.

Some Significant Changes Since The Beginning Of Blackberry

  • In 1984, Canadian RIM (Research In Motion) Company was established;
  • In 1999, the BlackBerry mobile phone was founded, and gained the favor of the American upper-class people through the 9/11 incident;
  • Eleven years later, in 2008, the first BlackBerry smartphone hit the market;
  • In 2009, BlackBerry captured 20% of the global smartphone market;
  • The glory days of BlackBerry ended in 2009
  • On January 30, 2013 – the company’s name changes from “RIM” to “BlackBerry”;
  • In September 2013, the number of BlackBerry users in the United States hit its peak, with approximately 85 million users;
  • In September 2016, TCL acquired the rights to the BlackBerry brand and released four devices. It also authorized BB Merah Putih in Indonesia and Optiemus Infracom in India to use its brands in some regions;
  • On February 4, 2020 – the discontinuation of BlackBerry phones
  • On August 19, 2020 – Onward Mobility has authorization to “BlackBerry”

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