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A 5G BlackBerry Android Smartphone is Slated for Next Year

Back in 2010, the BlackBerry brand was a name sought after for those who wanted to have a smartphone. Through the years, however, it lost its spot at the limelight with the onset of iOS and Android devices. But things appear to be looking up for the brand.

Early this year, BlackBerry announced that it will be ending its partnership with TCL. The two worked on producing BlackBerry-branded Android phones, such as the KEYone, Motion, and Key2. The partnership will be ending by the end of this month and BlackBerry already has a new partner stepping in.

The company announced today that it has partnered with OnwardMobility and FIH Mobile. With today's announcement, the three companies revealed their plans for the future of BlackBerry devices. To start with, they will be releasing a 5G BlackBerry Android smartphone next year.

In its announcement, the CEO revealed that they will be carrying over the signature features that made BlackBerry devices so popular in its early years. "We are excited that customers will experience the enterprise and government level security and mobile productivity the new BlackBerry 5G smartphone will offer."

According to the announcement, the upcoming BlackBerry smartphone will feature 5G support and a physical keyboard. It is said to be launched in the first part of 2021 in North America and Europe. And since BlackBerry's proprietary OS has been dead for quite some time now, the new device will be running Android.

You can read more about the announcement here.

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