TCL Communication to take over the manufacturing of Blackberry Smartphones

TCL Communication to take over the manufacturing of Blackberry Smartphones

TCL Communication, the Chinese multinational electronics company behind the DTEK50 and DTEK60 smartphones today announced that they will design, manufacture, sell and handle customer service for all the BlackBerry smartphones from now on. The announcement comes more than two months after BlackBerry’s statement to stop making smartphones. BlackBerry and TCL Communication have been in a long partnership and today’s agreement aims to extend their existing partnership.

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According to the agreement, the Canadian smartphone maker will continue to be the sole supplier of the software for TCL and the Chinese company will handle the distribution of BlackBerry smartphones in the market. According to BlackBerry, the agreement gives the company more benefit than loss, as the Canadian side won’t have to waste its resources on developing hardware, instead the company now has more time to focus on software and security. Besides, the Canadian smartphone maker says that the huge success of two TLC-branded smartphones DTEK50 and DTEK60 gives BlackBerry expertise in software and security, which have long been the best selling points of BlackBerry-branded smartphones.

The agreement with TCL Communication is expected to help BlackBerry-branded products expand their availability throughout the world thanks to TCL’s global reach and consumer access. However, TCL Communication will not distribute BlackBerry-branded smartphones in several markets including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia due to BlackBerry’s device software licensing agreement with newly formed joint venture PT BB Merah Putih, which allows BB Merah Putih to source, distribute and promote BlackBerry-branded devices in Indonesia.

According to CEO John Chen said that the Company will produce more home-grown smartphones with its iconic QWERY keyboard. However, there is no mention of this phone reportedly called BlackBerry Mercury during the announcement of the deal between BlackBerry and TCL.

Previously, the Canadian smartphone maker released its first Android-based smartphone, BlackBerry Priv with a slide-out physical keyboard and privacy-focused features. However, the device received mostly negative reviews from users and experts thanks to its high price and poorly-performed physical keyboard.

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