News emerged that a new BlackBerry device will become available sometime in October this year. TCL representatives confirmed the news during the 2017 IFA conference held in Berlin, Germany.
While an exact release has yet to be announced, it is known that the new device will be abandoning the hardware keyboard, one of the most successful features of the BlackBerry KEYOne. It was also presented as being water-resistant, among others.
New BlackBerry Device Should Come With Quite a Battery Life
According to the reports, this new device will mark quite a departure from the usual BlackBerry smartphones. The fact that it will lack a keyboard is already quite a significant change from its developer. That it will reportedly be waterproof is yet another departure from the staple models.
The new BlackBerry device will also reportedly have quite a battery life. It will apparently be able to power the smartphone through 26 hours worth of “mixed use”.
As with previous TCL-manufactured device that came before the BlackBerry KEYOne, this new one will also reportedly run on Android. But this will be BlackBerry’s own very-secure version of the operating system.
Presently, no details or insights have been given on what this new BlackBerry device will look like. Nor on its power, build, or durability.
François Mahieu nonetheless declared that the company plans to stick to BlackBerry’s established conventions. These include a long battery life combined with durability and high-security standards.
Mahieu is the Global GM of BlackBerry. He continued by saying when discussing the company’s market strategy, that BlackBerry is just “playing with different cards”.
For the moment, this seems to be working out as the BlackBerry KEYOne received praises for its high sales numbers. While half of its sales were attributed to enterprise fleet, the remaining percentage was made up by individuals acquiring the phone to use it at work.
People buying the device for just personal use were not represented in these statistics.
Some other details about the device are that it will be dust-resistant and a touchscreen smartphone.
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