BlackBerry has a brand new cellphone within the works, and it’ll have a bodily keyboard, in step with experiences that surfaced final week.

The corporate lately introduced that it will go out the smartphone {hardware} marketplace and transition to growing back-end cellular safety instrument. Then again, BlackBerry CEO John Chen showed that one final instrument is within the pipeline in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

BlackBerry launched the touchscreen-only DTEK50 handset this summer season, announcing on the time that it will be the final legitimate BlackBerry instrument. Then again, the corporate has stated that it will license its identify to different firms, which then may produce units underneath the BlackBerry logo.

The final BlackBerry instrument to function a real bodily QWERTY keyboard used to be the Priv, which used to be launched a yr in the past. It used to be the primary BlackBerry instrument to make use of the Android running gadget, nevertheless it in large part faltered out there.

It isn’t transparent if the impending cellphone will run on BlackBerry OS 10 or Android. No main points, together with specifications, availability or pricing, had been introduced for the brand new instrument.

Now not the Finish of the Line?

This unexpected about-face is usually a signal that BlackBerry isn’t able to make a whole go out from the marketplace, even if its newest efforts had been not up to encouraging.

The Priv used to be situated as a tool that mixes the most efficient portions of BlackBerry safety with the productiveness and expansive cellular app ecosystem of Google’s Android. Then again, it has now not fared neatly.

Even supposing the BlackBerry Vintage gained reward for surpassing the typical lifespan for a smartphone in these days’s marketplace, BlackBerry this summer season introduced that it will stop production it.

The approaching keyboard cellphone may well be greater than an epilogue for the corporate, then again.

“Everybody anticipated BlackBerry to vanish off into the sundown at the handset aspect of the industry,” stated telecommunications analyst Jeff Kagan.

Then again, “BlackBerry goes to be fascinated about operating with different handset makers with their era inside of,” he advised the E-Trade Instances.

Keying It In

Google and Apple have been ready to carry the smartphone to the hundreds with touchscreen-enabled units, however that leaves open the door for any other marketplace phase.

“Now not everybody likes touchscreens, so there’s a area of interest marketplace for a BlackBerry with a bodily keyboard,” stated William Stofega, program director for cell phones at IDC.

“There are executives and others who just like the bodily keyboard, and if BlackBerry could make a case that they are able to fill this want, then they are able to have a small a part of the marketplace,” he advised the E-Trade Instances.

Extra importantly, “BlackBerry can nonetheless become profitable serving its legacy tail, and this transfer seems aimed toward that marketplace,” stated Steve Blum, most important analyst at Tellus Undertaking Mates.

“Assuming they’re contracting out production and they’ve a quite correct gross sales forecast, there’s no reason why to not stay focused on their legacy marketplace, as long as it’s a minimum of minimally successful,” he advised the E-Trade Instances.

With companions doing the producing, the danger may well be low, added Stofega.

Larger Plans

The Priv would possibly not have appealed to the BlackBerry trustworthy, but when achieved proper, a BlackBerry instrument working Android — made underneath license — is usually a win-win.

“If the brand new instrument seems to be an Android cellphone, or if there’s an Android model, then it might become some way towards discovering a distinct segment in that a lot better marketplace,” stated Tellus’ Blum.

“There are customers preferring bodily keyboards, and BlackBerry may use its substantial logo fairness to seize that nook of the Android universe,” he identified.

Nonetheless, previous effects will have to be observed as portents of BlackBerry’s possibilities of scoring large with a distinct segment instrument.

“They’ve failed at the entirety within the final decade since Apple iPhone and Google Android took over the management positions,” stated Kagan. “The expansion curve is sort of a wave, and BlackBerry neglected it a few years in the past and has now not recovered.”

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