Blackberry is set to make a return in 2021 with a brand new 5G smartphone. The company will be partnering with Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile and OnwardMobility to reach enterprise users in Europe and U.S. to reach their goals.
Blackberry will be displaying its strength here, as the new smartphone will feature a physical keyboard. The device will also be empowered with 5G network and the company will be pushing this phone as a phone for business professionals.
Peter Franklin, CEO of OnwardMobility, said:
Enterprise professionals are eager for secure 5G devices that enable productivity, without sacrificing the user experience. BlackBerry smartphones are known for protecting communications, privacy, and data. This is an incredible opportunity for OnwardMobility to bring next-generation 5G devices to market with the backing of BlackBerry and FIH Mobile.
John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry, said:
We are 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.
It’s not as though Blackberry will be returning to its old days of producing phones itself. Instead, it’ll be something like the situation with Nokia and HMD Global.
The press release notes that all three companies will work to “ensure world-class design and manufacturing of these devices.” Specifically, OnwardMobility will handle the product planning and strategy, while FIH Mobile will take care of all the hardware stuff with Blackberry contributing its brand name and some advice here and there.
With an early 2021 release, it won’t take us too long to find out what they can put together.