BlackBerry did have stopped making smartphones but there’s still some good news for those who miss the signature ‘qwerty’ keyboard. TCL, BlackBerry’s manufacturing partner shared a teaser video revealing the first look of the smartphone at a close press event yesterday.
With official launch to happen in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, TCL along with BlackBerry gave only a glimpse of the upcoming smartphone at CES.
The short teaser video showed BlackBerry Press featuring the traditional qwerty keyboard. The device as the video expose will have aluminum casing on the sides with black antenna band. The right side of the phone will sport the power button along with the volume rockers. The BlackBerry Press will come with the USB type-C port which is pitched at the bottom along with two speaker grills.
TCL which manufactures smartphone under Alcatel brand has recently licensed the former Research in Motion Ltd company. Like the smartphones DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 which were launched last year, the Chinese multinational electronics company will be manufacturing the new qwerty enabled device for BlackBerry.
Steve Cistulli, the TCT president of North America said at the press statement, “We look forward to unveiling details around this distinctly different and impressively designed BlackBerry around the Mobile World Congress timeframe next month.”
Although there is no official mention about the specifications of the device, new smartphone will most likely run the BlackBerry’s version of Android. The BlackBerry Press is expected to feature a 4.5-inch display and pack 4GB RAM. It will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and have a battery back-up of 3,400 mAh. The device will sport an 18-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front.
Focusing primarily on the South Asian markets, report suggests that the company is planning to sell its smartphones mainly in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.