BlackBerry returns with 3 possible new phones in 2017
From CNET: The BlackBerry KeyOne may soon see some siblings.
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, TCL Communications Nicolas Zibell said in an interview on Saturday.
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. TCL will likely get rid of the DTEK branding, the source said.
The commitment shows that TCL is taking seriously its mission to revive the BlackBerry phone brand. The Chinese company introduced its first attempt, the KeyOne, at a press conference on Saturday ahead of Mobile World Congress trade show. It's just one of several companies hoping to breathe new life into a once-beloved name in the wireless industry, with both Nokia, now under the control of a Finnish startup, and Motorola looking to make a splash at the conference under new owners.
It's a new world for TCL, best known for making budget televisions, as well as phones through its Alcatel line.
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