In this high tech world, there are many different products that make our lives easier and everyone has their "baby." Perhaps your baby is that dual core CPU driven computer that helps you get work done, shop online, and surf the internet. Or, maybe its that cell phone that helps you keep in touch with your friends and family. If its not one of these, then it probably is one of the many electronic gadgets that increase our livelihood: televisions, stereos, high tech DVD players, navigation systems, and I-pods. Oh, and to make us feel more secure, lets not forget about security gadgets such as home security systems, baby monitors and smoke detectors.
While the current models of these devices are nice and do a great deal to enhance our lives, we still seem to be driven by a force that leads us on a never ending quest to buy the latest and greatest gadgets. Its like we are fighting an endless battle to keep up with all the latest electronics on the market. For example, look at the rapid evolution of mobile communication devices and the way consumers rushed to buy the newest stuff on the market - and for a good reason.
Take todays flat screen TVs for example. Today you could have the sweetest set on the market and within a year you will probably be trying to sell it to a friend to get enough money to buy a newer model that has higher resolution or more enhanced features.
Back in the day, you had a very limited selection of products to choose from. Mobile communication devices like the walkie talkie and earlier phones were big, bulky, and quite heavy. I mean the batteries back then weighed more than two of todays cell phones put together. Oh, and what about reception? Do you remember those long antennas that had to be extended in order to get a decent signal? Seems like ages but actually that time was not too long ago. Nowadays you have 3G and 4G cell phones equipped with wireless internet connections and that are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand.
Going back in time again and look at another example. Do you remember when home video viewing first came out? You relied on that hard- to- load piece of junk BETA player for your movie entertainment. At the time, most people were satisfied with that since that was all we had. Then came laser disc players, VHS players, then DVD, and now Blu-Ray. Who has purchased a new DVD player with all the bells and whistles, only to realize you should have just gone with the Blu-Ray player all along?
The BlackBerry — arguably once the world’s most popular phone – is making a return in 2021.
True to its iconic design, the new handset is slated to feature a physical keyboard. It’ll also support 5G connectivity and run on Android, similarly to other more recent BlackBerry reboots.
But let me hit you with the disclaimer before you rush to any conclusions: BlackBerry won’t actually be making the phone. Instead the company has licensed the manufacturing rights to Texas-based OnwardMobility. The startup will also collaborate with Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile, which will help design and manufacture the device.
“BlackBerry smartphones are known for protecting communications, privacy, and data,” said OnwardMobility CEO Peter Franklin in a press release. “This is an incredible opportunity for OnwardMobility to bring next-generation 5G devices to market with the backing of BlackBerry and FIH Mobile.”
There’s no word about specs or precisely how much oomph the new BlackBerry handset will pack, but OnwardMobility is targeting a release in 2021. The price also remains unclear, but factoring in Franklin’s focus on “enterprise professionals,” chances are the device will be in the upper upper mid-tier or lower top-tier range.
It’s not the first time someone has tried bringing back BlackBerry phones back to the masses.
In fact, BlackBerry made an attempt at penetrating the smartphone game with two Android-based headsets in 2016. Later in 2017, TCL scored a licensing deal with BlackBerry that would see the company build yet another Android-powered handset, dubbed the BlackBerry KeyOne.
None of those attempts bred any success, though — and frankly, I won’t be surprised if that’s also the case with the new model.
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Published August 19, 2020 — 14:38 UTC