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PSA: TCL, A Chinese Company, Will Officially Make Blackberry-branded Phones

It’s no news that Blackberry as we know it, is dead. So, I wasn’t exactly shocked to read that Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL will be the exclusive global manufacturer and distributor of all upcoming BlackBerry-branded smartphones, with the exception of a few markets, namely India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

According to Nicolas Zibell, CEO of TCL Communication: “We [TCL Communication] are committed to creating the best portfolio solutions while ensuring the quality support to consumers and enterprise users who trust the integrity of the BlackBerry device and the brand’s security leadership, coupled with the Android platform”,
“Together with BlackBerry’s smartphone software platform, this partnership will strengthen our position in the global mobile market”.
Recall that TCL bought the Palm name from HP last year and did nothing with it, so it would be interesting to see how they intend to utilize this deal to their advantage.
Meanwhile, this isn’t the end of the road for BlackBerry as the Canadian company will continue to “develop its security and software solutions.”

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8 comments on “PSA: TCL, A Chinese Company, Will Officially Make Blackberry-branded Phones

  1. Tee says:

    first Nokia, now blackberry… guess what oem is next to go out of business and win a bag of rice…

    1. Laide says:

      Hehehe innjoo

      1. Rotimi popoola says:

        Miss laide so u dont like innjoo at all ???
        Innjoo sorry in advance for u??

    2. Kaybang says:

      @Tee
      Apple. And by ? I mean that fvcking fruit company that makes salads as consumer electronics products.
      Now where’s my bag of rIce?

  2. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, LET ME MAKE SOME TECH CLARIFICATION HERE. BLACKBERRY IS NOT DEAD AS ITS BEEN PERCEIVED. WHAT HAS SIMPLY HAPPENED IS THAT BLACKBERRY HAS ADOPTED THE APPLE APPROACH WHICH IS, DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN WHILE PRODUCTION AND SALES IS BY ANOTHER COMPANY. APPLE DEVELOPS THEIR SOFTWARE IN CALIFORNIA, AND SOURCE PARTS FROM 3RD PARTY WHILE FOXCONN ASSEMBLES. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT APPLE DOES 5GE MARKETING WHILE BLACKBERRY WILL LEAVE THAT FOR A 3RD PARTY HERE…

    1. Yomi says:

      Actually blackberry AS WE KNOW IT IS DEAD.

  3. Emi_PH says:

    Chinese company you say? Haha lemme hear blackberry fanboys now try to make fun of Tecno & other China brand users

  4. pWilliams says:

    Yea…I know TCL, I seen few of their Android phones and it isn’t that bad…I think they will make nice phones with Blackberry

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