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Chinese TCL, which owns the trademark of the BlackBerry, announced plans to release a new smartphone in October 2017, According to information Mahe Francois (Fran?ois Mahieu), head of Department, global sales of TCL, the new device will be almost all similar to its predecessor, KeyOne, with one important exception: the novelty will be completely devoid of the traditional BlackBerry keyboard.
According to Mahe, multi-touch version of the BlackBerry will be offered at the same price as keypad smartphone KeyOne. The idea, he said, is to provide business users select the most convenient BlackBerry device for work. “Some just prefer touch phones and we should not blindly ignore these needs,” said Mahie.
The release of the BlackBerry device with a full touch screen does not mean the rejection of the smartphones with physical keyboards, said the representative of TCL. “In the future we will remain faithful to keyboards that are an integral part of DNA [BlackBerry],” said Francois Mayhew.
According to Francois Mahu, a new candy bar smartphone BlackBerry touch screen in the entire front panel will be water – and dust-proof design in accordance with protection IP67 certification. Like its predecessor BlackBerry KeyOne, a new “October” smartphone will work under control of OS Android.
KeyOne BlackBerry smartphone with a traditional QWERTY keyboard