The beleaguered Canadian handset manufacturer has inked a deal with contract manufacturer Foxconn. The latter will design, manufacture, and warehouse low-end BlackBerry models over a period of five years. BlackBerry will provide the software for the new phones.
Early last month, Chen said that most of BlackBerry's new models would come with a physical QWERTY, something that has been linked to BlackBerry going back to its early days. The new high-end model is expected to feature a physical QWERTY, which should make most BlackBerry faithful happy. We could see this model appear in the second half of the year.
One of the first low-end models expected to roll-off the Foxconn production line is the BlackBerry "Jakarta," which is headed first to Indonesia, sans a physical QWERTY.
source: Geekbench via Crackberry