Blackberry needs no introduction in the mobile phone industry. It was a huge brand when the iPhone hit the market and eventually Blackberry had to leave. According to the latest news, the phone is coming back, with Android and 5G support. The revival is, however, made possible by a Texas startup called Onward Mobility that has been building security solutions for enterprises and Government for some time. The new Blackberry phone will support 5G connectivity. The phone feature a physical keyboard and a list of security-focused features. Almost 6 months ago Blackberry brand license TCL communication announced that it would cease the sales of Blackberry devices starting from August 31 and now we have a new announcement.
OnwardMobility is set to release the first 5G Blackberry smartphone, as early as the first half of 2021. The phone will be based on the Android operating system and feature a physical keyboard. The phone will be launched in North America and Europe. However, there isn't any fixed date of its debut. The company has partnered with Foxconn subsidiary FIS mobile to manufacture the new Blackberry phone. The new device is touted as a feature-rich 5G ready in the press statement. "Enterprise professionals are eager to secure 5G devices that enable productivity, without sacrificing the user experience," said Peter Franklin, CEO of OnwardMobility. "BlackBerry smartphones are known for protecting communications, privacy, and data."
There isn't anything on the specs right now. However, Franklin in an interview said that it would come with a redesigned clean-sheet keyboard and might have a competitive price. This suggests that the phone might not be pricier like the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or the upcoming Apple iPhone 12. Instead, it is likely to fall in the budget-category. John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, Blackberry said in a statement, "We are excited that customers will experience the enterprise and government level security and mobile productivity the new BlackBerry 5G smartphone will offer."
We have reached the end of 2020. This year brought so many new technologies and innovations in the smartphone industry and now we can expect some amazing flagship iterations in the next year. In 2021, most companies are going to update their processing systems to more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Soc. This has begun and hence, we are going to look at the list of contenders for the next year's flagship that will be powered by the Snapdragon 888. Chinese smartphone manufacturers are at the top of this list. In fact, Qualcomm itself has named the companies which show how much American MNC values the Chinese vendors. Anyway, the list includes the company names like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus, etc.
The first phone that confirmed the use of Snapdragon 888 is the Xiaomi Mi. The series will include Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro. A leak suggests that the devices will feature an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 20MP selfie shot, a UFS 3.1 storage, face unlock, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Mi 11 will have a 4,780mAh battery with 30W wireless charging. The phone has a triple-camera system with 108MP primary sensor, 13MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP macro lens.
Nubia also confirmed that they will launch a flagship smartphone with the Snapdragon 888 in 2021. Among this, the Red Magic 6 series will be the first gaming mobile phone to feature this processor. Along Nubia, Oppo is releasing its flagship smartphone Find X3 with the same processor. The device is coming in Q1. According to the company, "Find X series will bring an unparalleled new experience to users worldwide". Although OnePlus officially confirmed to release a premium mobile phone in H1 2021. The series will include OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro with a slightly different design with and without curved displays. They will likely have an AMOLED display that runs the latest OxygenOS 11 with the fas 65W fast charging. The device will feature a dual 48MP primary camera sensor and an ultra-wide camera sensor on the back.
According to some rumors, the future of the Galaxy Note series was in the dark. Some leaders suggest that there won't be any Galaxy Note next year, as Samsung has decided to cancel the series altogether. But these rumors proved to be false and we are expecting a new Galaxy Note phone in 2021. Two leakers with tweet handles @chunvn888 and @cozplanes confirmed that the Samsung galaxy note 21 is coming.
This isn't the first time we heard about the device. A few days ago, a Korean publication ET News stated that there will be a single Galaxy note model as a successor of note 20 next year. The latter says that he has confirmed from three reliable sources that the phone is under development and will be ready to ship by next year. He further adds that he expects other reliable leakers to report the same soon.
Chun on the other hand goes one step ahead and reveals some specs detail about the coming device. According to him, the Galaxy Note 21 is already taking shape and will be a successful successor to the Galaxy note 20 ultra - which means that we can have more than one model in the series - a regular one and an ultra model. The last time, Samsung launched a single Galaxy note phone in 2018. So, while it might come as a surprise, it is not unusual to have a single model. Samsung has integrated the S pen with a few more Galaxy phones this year, and this might be the reason Samsung isn't putting too many models in the Note series.
Motorola China revealed its latest premium smartphone at an event in the country today. The flagship is the world's first smartphone to be powered by Snapdragon 870 and called Motorola Edge S. The phone doesn't have any curved edges or display. In fact, it features a rather flat display screen with double hole punches for two front-facing camera sensors. The phone not only packs a bunch of cameras but also offers a high-speed processor for heavy use.
The rear panel of the phone is slightly curved and features four cameras arranged in a not-so-stylish way. The device has an NVCM coating and available in the market as well as online in two different colors - Emerald Glaze and Emerald light. The Motorola Edge has a 6.7-inch LCD display screen with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 21:9 aspect ratio. The screen's resolution is 2520 x 1080 with a 409PPI, HDR10, and a DCI-P3 color gamut.
The device uses Snapdragon 870 processor that brings an improvement in performance to a great extent as compared to its predecessor. Its CPU performance is measured to be exactly 12% higher than that of the Snapdragon 865 while GPU is 10% more powerful. According to the company's official statement, the Edge S scores higher than the Mi 10 on AnTuTu which scored only 585,232 points, whereas the Edge S shines with 680,826 points among its competitors. The phone's higher score is due to the result of the Turbo RAM which is 72% faster than LPDDR4 and also has UFS 3. Internal storage is 25% faster than the traditional UFS 3.0.
Motorola Ege S features four cameras at the rear side of the phone that includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 16-megapixel 121 ultrawide angle camera that also doubles as a 2.8CM macro camera, a 2MP camera for taking better portrait images, and a TOF camera sensor that has a light right around its casing. The front-facing cameras are 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel with the ultra-wide-angle camera sensor. The phone has a built-in vlog mode, night mode, and can shot up to 6k video at 30fps and 4k video at 60fps.