BlackBerry may launch full touchscreen, waterproof phone in October


The upcoming iPhone 8 could have see serious competiton. After Note 8 which is rumoured to ship around the same time, now there are news that BlackBerry could unveil a new sibling of the KEYone, and with some really big changes in October.

Reports have it that a new BlackBerry phone with full touchscreen, water and dust resistance is in works and could launch in October. The news was confirmed by Mahieu, head of global sales for TCL, said at the IFA tech conference in Berlin . Engadget reports that the phone could come in October.

Rumours have it that Blackberry is working on two devices, ‘Krypton’ and ‘Juno’. The WiFi certification does not reveal much about the phone except that the phone will run on Android Nougat with the standard support for 2.4 GHz, and 5 GHz Wi-Fi.

In a nutshell, TCL, the company that designs and builds BlackBerry phones, is planning to launch a BlackBerry phone that could be used in all weather conditions, will have a good life and durability and sport a full touch-screen display. Mahieu also said that TCL hopes that many iPhone and Galaxy users will switch to the new BlackBerry phone once it is launched. Further, the company has not given any detail on the phone or its pricing.

BlackBerry recently launched the KEYone Limited Edition Black smartphone in India for Rs 39,990.

The phone has a bigger display and was first announced at Mobile World Congress. However, the phone comes with the Blackberry’s typical physical QWERTY keyboard and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at up to 2GHz and paired with 4GB RAM. The dual SIM phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and sports a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display. In terms of optics, the KEYone comes with 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and an 8MP front camera with f/2.2.


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