Blackberry to Release Three New Smartphones in 2017

Chinese firm TCL Communications intends to unleash three new smartphones in a move that might resurrect the diminished brand name Blackberry.

Having released another sleek Android-based Blackberry phone on Saturday dubbed KEYone, the company which virtually had no market share in the smartphone market  is looking forward to release three more by year end. 

By TechnoMag Reporter

Indeed time waits for no man with TCL Communications official Nicholas Zibell revealing that the company is not wasting any moment. 

“TCL isn’t wasting time building up its portfolio of phones using the BlackBerry name. The company plans to release as many as three phones this year,” he told CNET.

The company is working on an all-touchscreen version, a spiritual successor to the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 phones, which it also built for BlackBerry itself, according to a source familiar with the rollout plans.

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“TCL will likely get rid of the DTEK branding,” the source said.

To be clear, TCL only bought the rights to use the Palm name. The WebOS platform that powered the last run of Palm phones went to LG, which has used the platform in its televisions and one of its smartwatches.

For a while, it seemed like the Palm name would be shelved indefinitely, and the company has been silent since the acquisition. But Zibell hinted that it may have plans for the brand, symbolic of a onetime tech pioneer.

“We don’t do things by mistake,” Zibell said. “Stay tuned.”

Just don’t hold your breath waiting for something to happen soon. Zibell said this year TCL will be focused on reviving BlackBerry.

To be clear, TCL only bought the rights to use the Palm name. The WebOS platform that powered the last run of Palm phones went to LG, which has used the platform in its televisions and one of its smartwatches.

For a while, it seemed like the Palm name would be shelved indefinitely, and the company has been silent since the acquisition. But Zibell hinted that it may have plans for the brand, symbolic of a onetime tech pioneer.

“We don’t do things by mistake,” Zibell said. “Stay tuned.”

“Just don’t hold your breath waiting for something to happen soon. This year TCL will be focused on reviving BlackBerry,” Zibell said

 

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