The new BlackBerry device, which was initially being called BlackBerry Krypton, had been in the pipeline since IFA 2017, Berlin. It has finally been revealed at the GITEX Technology Week Exhibition, 2017.
BlackBerry’s transition to becoming an Android-powered smartphone hasn’t been as smooth as the company would’ve wanted but they sure seem to be on the right track.
Rumours suggest that the new all-touch device from TCL under the BlackBerry moniker will sport a water and dust resistant design. It’s also being speculated that the device will feature a big battery unit with 20+ hours of backup.
The launch also bears more good news for those being bogged down by the wireless trendsetters like Apple and Google, as the BlackBerry sports a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The device also sports a USB Type-C port for charging, a lock button, and volume rockers on the right panel.
The launch confirms that the BlackBerry logo at the bottom of the front panel will double up as the home button. Other navigation key buttons appear on either side as soft touch keys.
Needless to say that the device will house best-in-class security software from BlackBerry and will also get timely Android security patches — making it a suitable option for business needs, as well as for those looking for a secure smartphone.
While the device is doing away with its brand-defining physical Qwerty keyboard that was last seen on the KeyOne, it embraces the design and form-factor of touchscreen Android devices. This is a right step moving forward that will enable Blackberry to cater to a wider market.