Early last year, Blackberry announced that it was back in the smartphone market with the help of new licensing partners OnwardMobility and FIH Mobile Limited. Their first smartphone must have seen the light of day last year. In addition, it should bring a good number of attractions. Among them, additional security for users of mobile services, the addition of a physical QWERTY keyboard and support for 5G fast mobile network should stand out.
Unfortunately, this was not the case in practice. At the end of February this year, OnwardMobility announced that it was finally closing its doors. By doing so, he lost all rights to the BlackBerry trademark. Many believe that OnwardMobility’s collapse is in fact due to BlackBerry’s recent sale of a large portion of its patents. These were patents related to messaging and wireless technology with a total value of €529 million.
Despite the collapse of OnwardMobility, there is still a chance that a modern phone with a physical keyboard will soon see the light of day. This will be done by the lesser known Shanghai-based Unihertz. The novelty is in many ways reminiscent of the BlackBerry KEY2 smartphone. Unfortunately, more information about the novelty will be revealed. More details about the interesting Unihertz smartphone with a physical keyboard are expected to be known before the start of this summer.