Blackberries are back thanks to China

Blackberry and TCL are marketing the KEY2 as the most secure Android device available, with a host of security features. Photo credit – Pixabay

Blackberries are back thanks to China

It really isn’t all that long ago since Blackberries, the must-have smartphone of the start of this decade, seemed ubiquitous.

However, against the backdrop of the ever-popular iPhone, and the rise of Android devices from the likes of Huawei and ZTE offering excellent features and value for money, the Blackberry was quick to fall from grace

Now the familiar design could be set to make a come-back, thanks to TCL of China.

The KEY2 is the result of a partnership between Blackberry (who no longer design their own devices) and TCL.

The phone runs on Android, unlike the Blackberries of old which relied on in-house software.

Both Blackberry and TCL are marketing the KEY2 as the most secure Android device available, with a host of security features.

These include certification from Blackberry that no unwanted software has been installed.

The phone has already been released in the USA, where the manufacturers hope that the original mainstay of Blackberry users – business people who value security and convenience – will be tempted by its low price.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid