BlackBerry Ghost and Ghost Pro to launch this quarter?

BlackBerry Ghost and Ghost Pro to launch this quarter?
In February and March, we showed you a pair of renders for a couple of new handsets that were reportedly being prepped by BlackBerry licensee Optiemus. If the renders are legit, both the BlackBerry Ghost and the BlackBerry Ghost Pro will be two of the sexiest BlackBerry phones ever produced. The two devices each feature an edge-to-edge screen and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Neither render shows off a fingerprint scanner, which means that the biometric reader is on the back of the phone, or (less likely) embedded under the display.

While Optiemus never confirmed the existence of the Ghost and Ghost Pro, the company's executive director, Hardip Singh, said in an interview that Optiemus will be coming out with a whole range of BlackBerry models starting this quarter with the release of two handsets. Could these two be the BlackBerry Ghost and BlackBerry Ghost Pro? The two new phones will be aimed at consumers in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, and will come with the DTEK security feature and BlackBerry Hub.


Optiemus hopes to grab a 10%-12% market share in the price segments at which it will sell its BlackBerry handsets. The company could also produce a line of BlackBerry branded accessories including a wireless charger.

Just yesterday, U.S. BlackBerry fans were heartened to see a render for the BlackBerry "Athena," which apparently is the code name for sequel to the BlackBerry KEYone. Last month, accessories for the BlackBerry KEYone 2 appeared online.

It appears as though three new BlackBerry models could soon be unveiled including a sequel to the BlackBerry KEYone, the BlackBerry Ghost and the BlackBerry Ghost Pro. Stay tuned.

source: digit

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24 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It'll be interesting to see the final product as opposed to just renders. Now TCL, what do you have up your sleeves for the West? Besides the KEYtwo of course...

4. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Maybe TCL will borrow this design for all touch BlackBerry phone on market outside of India and Indonesia.

10. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

TCL licensing the design is an interesting idea. However that would also mean that they are losing the ability to design for themselves. The KEYtwo will be great but it still counts as a Blackberry design. And TCL's Alcatel brand is also starting to lack finesse IMO.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Subie, I'm afraid you're right on both counts. I was very disappointed in the Motion for design and hardware. It seems Alcatel hit a homerun on opening day with the TCL 950 series (Idol 4S Windows/DTEK60) and is now stuck hitting below the Mendoza Line. I hope they rebound and not be remembered as a one-hit wonder.

13. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You're right about the 950 series. From the beautiful Oled screen, to the front firing JBL speakers. It was easily one of my top design pics for 2016.

14. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

This could be true. I think it would be good idea for BlackBerry brand manufacturer to share design from time to time. Optiemus already use KEYone design for KEYone in their market, they just manufacture it in India. I never like Alcatel line looks outside of Dtek 60.

2. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

duplicate post again??

15. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Uh...no! Regards, Alan Friedman

17. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Um... yes. Not your article though. My post number 2 was a dublicate of post number one. I edited the dublicate afterward to read "duplicate post again". I'm not sure why, sometimes when hitting post comment that a duplicate gets posted under the first comment. I know other users here have had the same issue... Regards, Subie :)

3. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

10-12% is ambitious! There are competitive options at almost every price point below $1,000 nowadays.

6. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't see that going too well. They're not going to be able to compete with the others in the higher price range.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As usual you go straight to the troll, excuse me, comments section without reading the article. Mr. Singh clearly stated they want to have 10-12 percent of the market at the PRICE SEGMENTS THEY SELL AT.

21. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

And what makes you think they will even make it to 5%? Do I have to remind you that they only shipped out 850K KeyONE devices? Maybe you should stop trying to berate my posts for speaking the truth.

22. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Maybe you should take time and learn what is difference between BlackBerry, BlackBerry Mobile (TCL), BB Merah Putih and Optiemus. All you show is that you do not know difference in all your comment on BlackBerry article, because you still use ignorant cop out answer of BlackBerry branded hardware sale = bad news for BlackBerry. The latest earning report prove that is false.

5. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

My GOD that is gorgeous BlackBerry phone! The makers of BlackBerry phone hardware do incredible job.

7. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Ghost and Ghost Pro. I have a feeling that these won't be competitively priced.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Next time you have a thought, let it go.

16. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

You try hard

18. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You do not try hard enough.

19. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Let it go you say? You mean like you do in your Depends?

11. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You maybe right, but it will be up to the people of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal to complain about...

20. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Perhaps so. I just think it's a bold claim to make when they didn't sell that many KeyONE devices.

24. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It may be a bold claim but they are only talking about their regional market. And KEYone sales and pricing are TCL's problem and are probably not even factoring in to Optiemus' own targets. Time will tell how well Optiemus does with their Blackberry line - I just wish we could get a closer look at these new devices in the West.

23. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

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