TCL also announced the launch of BlackBerry Motion in the US market starting January 12
BlackBerry smartphones aren’t quite popular these days, which might have hinted at their demise but it’s not true. TCL, the company that manufactures BlackBerry-branded smartphones, said on Tuesday that it is planning to bring at least two new smartphones this year with ‘physical keypads’. Alongside, the company also announced the launch of BlackBerry Motion in the US market starting January 12. Furthermore, there will also be a new colour and dual-SIM version of BlackBerry KEYone – Bronze Edition, which will be released in select markets across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
The BlackBerry Motion and KEYone are the latest smartphones from TCL, which now bears the licence to manufacture BlackBerry smartphones in select markets. Interestingly, BlackBerry also partnered Optiemus to manufacture and sell the branded smartphones in India, along with other South-Asian countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. With this announcement made by TCL, it is unlikely that these two new smartphones are going to be launched in India.
“With new BlackBerry smartphones from TCL Communication now available in over 50 countries around the world, we have a solid foundation to continue building upon our portfolio in the new year. This means customers can expect to see at least two new BlackBerry smartphones from us later this year,” said Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile at the company’s CES booth.
As we mentioned, the BlackBerry Motion will begin shipping from January 12 in the US via Amazon and BestBuy at a price of $449.99. As for the BlackBerry KEYone -Bronze Edition, it will be a limited edition model that will feature a matte bronze finish and dual-SIM compatibility for select global markets. TCL said that there is also going to be a 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage variant that will be targeted at the frequent flyers. The pricing and availability details for BlackBerry KEYone – Bronze Edition are not available as of now, however, the company wrote in its blog post that it will announce these details ‘shortly’.