CES 2017: BlackBerry is back! New Android smartphone with qwerty keyboard unveiled

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Although BlackBerry may have stopped making smartphones themselves, BlackBerry smartphones are still being made, with the all new Blackberry Press being unveiled in the run up to CES 2017.

BlackBerry’s are manufactured by TCL Communications Technology (TCT) who also make Alcatel.

The new device is expected to come with the legendary QWERTY keyboard and indeed Steve Cistulli, TCT’s president of North America, has posted several teasers on Twitter.

Following on from the DTEK50 and DTEK60 devices which were also made by TCT, the new BlackBerry Press will be powered by Google’s Android operating system.

The Press will be the first TCT BlackBerry to include a QWERTY keyboard but it will still have a touchscreen in addition.

TCT appear to favour the hardware keyboard, something that was left behind years ago by manufacturers such as Apple and Google who prefer larger touchscreens with adaptive virtual keyboards.

The ditching of BlackBerry’s own OS in favour of Android has been warmly welcomed as it gives access to thousands of apps from the Google Play Store.

We wait to see if the hardware QWERTY keyboard is enough to bring back previous lovers of BlackBerry.

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