Once at the forefront of the smartphone industry, Blackberry was on the verge of extinction before it was acquired by TCL several years go. With the absence of major exposure and new models in the past year, future BlackeBerry devices will likely remain as affordable midrange offerings.
At a recently held CCS Insight Predictions event, TCL's marketing GM Stefan Streit said that the company doesn’t have plans to introduce 5G BlackBerry phones any time soon.
It's not an entertainment device and you can already get your email really fast. We can have a lot of fun with 5G and where to apply it - maybe in an 8K TV or a fridge…just not a BlackBerry.
On the flipside, TCL will bring affordable 5G devices next year as part of its own brand of phones and the Alcatel lineup. The only details that were given here are that these phones will cost below $600 and will be launched in the second half of next year.