This year’s BlackBerry smartphones do not have 5g

Mar

14

2019

TCL will not provide the coming BlackBerry smartphones, which will be released this year, with 5g. A manufacturer’s chief said that. The Chinese manufacturer does hold on to the physical keyboard.

The CEO excludes in an interview with MobileNewsCWP 5g for this year, although a BlackBerry may have the new network technology on board in 2020. TCL is the best known licensee of the Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, which until a few years ago produced smartphones itself. Among others, the KeyOne and Key2 were released under TCL.

The strategy fits with the BlackBerry brand. The Canadian smartphone maker was cautious about building in new generations of mobile networks. The Bold 9000 was the first BlackBerry with 3g at the end of 2008, while 4g ​​failed to reach the Z10 in 2013. BlackBerry top executives have stated in negotiations with providers that BlackBerrys used data in such a way that faster mobile internet would add nothing, according to Losing The Signal from 2015, that was about BlackBerry.

TCL does hold onto the physical keyboard. “The keyboard is still viable for our customers. Many people miss their keyboard and love the feeling of nostalgia.”

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