The Humble BlackBerry Is Set To Return In 2021, Complete With Physical Keyboard
Before the iPhone came to be the most coveted smartphone around the world, and before the flip phone was the desired device amongst youths everywhere, it was the humble BlackBerry that turned heads. The phone was ubiquitous amongst those in the business world, serving as a status symbol to not only declare your importance, but also celebrate the fact that you were someone so in-demand and with such a busy schedule, a diary alone wouldn’t suffice to keep all your meetings in one place. No. No, anyone with a sound mind and desire to succeed would have their eyes set on the BlackBerry and it was all you could do to board a train on the evening commute home and see suits tapping away frantically on the in-built keypad. But like most trends, the craze of the BlackBerry was toppled by the iPhone and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that still uses the device. But sometimes a good brand is too hard to kill, and much like Anakin rising from the molten ground, the BlackBerry is being revived.
In welcome news to anyone who favoured the BlackBerry device, the phone is set to make a comeback in 2021 with a new 5G smartphone. It’s been revealed that the company will be partnering with Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile and OnwardMobility to reach enterprise users in the United States and Europe. If you’re not familiar with OnwardMobility, you’re not alone. The brand is a relative newcomer and far from being a household name. Based in Austin, Texas, it has fewer than 50 employees and was only founded in March of last year.
Nevertheless, not one to pass up a good opportunity, the company will revive the BlackBerry name once more. Speaking about the partnership, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said, “BlackBerry is thrilled OnwardMobility will deliver a BlackBerry 5G smartphone device with physical keyboard leveraging our high standards of trust and security synonymous with our brand. We are excited that customers will experience the enterprise and government level security and mobile productivity the new BlackBerry 5G smartphone will offer.”
As noted by Chen, the new device will have a physical keyboard which differs from the old model we were all so used to seeing. As well as that, it will be 5G compatible. And with a release scheduled for early 2021, it won’t be too long before we see just what the partnership has in store for us.