As we expected, a new BlackBerry smartphone has been revealed at CES 2017. But in a rather unexpected turn, the company has chosen to keep nearly all information about the new smartphone under the wraps, including its name. Instead, BlackBerry says everything will be revealed at MWC 2017 next month at Barcelona. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
TCL claims that the new BlackBerry smartphone is “focused on three core features: security, productivity and reliability.” What we do know is that this new BlackBerry smartphone features a combination of metal and rubberized body. In line with the leaks, it also comes with a QWERTY keypad. Like the BlackBerry Passport, the new smartphone too features a capacitive keypad, which allows you to scroll through things using touch. Another interesting addition is a fingerprint sensor embedded into the space bar. What we also know is that the smartphone features a USB Type-C port, and it runs Android Nougat OS out-of-the-box. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
Instead of revealing everything today, BlackBerry only previewed the new smartphone, giving the attendees a chance to get some hands-on time with it. The idea seems to be to start building up the hype before the launch at MWC 2017 next month. “We look forward to unveiling details around this distinctly different and impressively designed BlackBerry smartphone around the Mobile World Congress timeframe next month,” Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication (TCT), North America said.
Going by the first impressions of the new BlackBerry smartphone, fans will enjoy the return of the QWERTY keypad, especially after the launch of full-screen DTEK60. The keypad is said to be good for typing (not surprising), and gestures for scrolling is pretty smooth as well. The overall build quality is good, and the design seems fresh, yet quite familiar for BlackBerry fans.
BlackBerry itself has stopped making smartphones, and has instead tied up with TCL to launch BlackBerry-branded smartphones. TCL, if you remember, already has the Alcatel lineup of smartphones, which is aimed at the entry-to-mid-range price segment. With BlackBerry, TCL seems to be targeting the premium tier to compete for a space in the corporate market.