In a blog post, the company has reiterated its desire to launch a 5G BlackBerry phone, even though it is now a significantly delayed launch. OnwardMobility originally planned to launch a 5G BlackBerry-branded smartphone in 2021, but news on the device has been incredibly light since the original announcement, made in August 2020.
It’s easy to think that BlackBerry – as a phone brand – is dead, given that we haven’t seen a new BlackBerry phone in over three years and BlackBerry’s services were shut down for permanently this week. According to OnwardMobility, the firm that was awarded the right to manufacture BlackBerry phones in 2020, this is not the case.
The history of Blackberry: The best BlackBerry phones that changed the world. 2021 came and went without a phone, and without much in the way of news from the manufacturer. But in its post published on 6 January, it noted that 2021 was an incredibly challenging year, and so delays – sadly – were unavoidable. Given how many big-name manufacturers have struggled with delays launching popular mainstream products, it’s no surprise that a new startup attempting to build its first device suffered too.
Let’s hope – for the sake of the remaining BlackBerry fans – that 2022 is a kinder year to OnwardMobility, if only so we can finally get a glimpse of this long-awaited rebirth.
While we’ve still not seen any sneak peaks or images of the phone, the company states it’s still planning to bring an “ultra-secure 5G enterprise smartphone” with a keyboard, to market. Like those launched under TCL between 2016 and 2018, it’s almost certainly going to be an Android phone and one that doesn’t need the old BlackBerry services in order to simply function. Apart from that, little is known or can be guessed at.