A new BlackBerry with a keyboard is still on the schedule for 2022

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According to hardware partner OnwardMobility, a new BlackBerry phone is still in the cards for 2022. After the breakup with TCL in 2020, BlackBerry partnered with Texas-based small-scale OnwardMobility to launch a new phone in 2021. After missing that launch period, the Onward Mobility team shared an update this week letting BlackBerry enthusiasts know their phone was there. still coming.

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“Everyone has been eagerly waiting for additional information since our last announcement, but 2021 was indeed a challenging year to launch a new phone with little to no high expectations and the fact that we are trying to get it right. want!” OnwardMobility team wrote, “While we encountered various delays preventing shipping in 2021, we will be providing more regular updates from this month that clarify many of your questions about ultra-secure 5G enterprise smartphones (still with a keyboard!) And will answer. Bringing it to market.”

They weren’t the only ones experiencing shipping problems last year. In the midst of a pandemic-induced supply chain crisis, Samsung and Google were also affected. Google’s excellent Pixel 5a was panned to launch in the US and Japan, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Edition (FE) has been pushed back to 2022, and will launch a few weeks before the S22.

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At the same time, in the era of folding phones, the keyboard phone seems more than a bit retro. For example, the problems that led to the adoption of full-screen phones will still persist, such as small screen space. However it has advantages. For those who like to take copious amounts of notes on their smartphones or send a lot of emails, a physical keyboard can be innately faster than a touchscreen keyboard. It’s also easier to tap longer missiles on a moving keyboard than on a keyboard without travel, no matter how good you are at touch typing.

OnwardMobility’s timing is not random. BlackBerry this week finally shut down the servers powering its older and more classic handsets, from the BlackBerry 7 to the BlackBerry 10. With the brand in the news for a positive story and the level of nostalgia rising, this new company was eager to remind others that it was not dead. If the phone does eventually arrive, it won’t be BlackBerry’s first modern keyboard, with the KeyOne and Key2 already launched under TCL. Whether this new partnership can make a difference remains to be seen.

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