Here's Johnny! With a hot phone beside him, BlackBerry CEO Chen is working his magic



In the midst of the first sustained comeback that BlackBerry has enjoyed since partnering up with manufacturers like TCL, company CEO John Chen jetted off to Indonesia to participate in the Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia meetings. Among the topics that Chen discussed during a television interview were possible acquisitions for BlackBerry, something that even the most dyed-in-the-wool Berry fan couldn't have imagined being open for discussion so soon after the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone.

In Indonesia, BlackBerry's manufacturing partner is BB Merah Putih and the latest handset to be unveiled there is the low-to-mid range BlackBerry Aurora. This handset carries a 5.5-inch display with a 720 x 1280 HD resolution, and the Snapdragon 425 chipset under the hood. In most other markets, the highly regarded BlackBerry KEYone flagship is BlackBerry's Alpha Beast. And with a new trailer released for IFA (if you can call a fairly static and boring image a trailer), it seems that BlackBerry will entertain the notion of releasing worldwide the KEYone in black with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. You can't own too many licenses in the mobile arena, and this version of the KEYone is made by Optiemus Infracom, thanks to a license the latter has with TCL.

The KEYone has been lifted by more than just that fabulous QWERTY keyboard. After all, the amazing battery life on the handset has also propelled growth. There has been talk about a possible sequel model called the KEYtwo. We could see such a phone contain an IP67 or 68 certification rating, 4GB of RAM and perhaps a stronger screen adhesive.

If you watch the interview with Chen, you'll hear him talk at length about how vibrant the mobile sector is. And you can see through the executive's mannerisms that this is a man who has figured things out as he helps BlackBerry differentiate itself from the other players in the handset industry. BlackBerry is certainly not all the way back, but the company is relevant once again and it has a hot phone; if you're John Chen, you can't ask for much more than that.

source: Bloomberg via CrackBerry

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  • Display 4.5 inches
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  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3505 mAh
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41 Comments

28. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Keyone is a great device. I want a BlackBerry priv successor.

34. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

The Priv should be forgotten and left in the past as an ambitious phone with too many issues.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

So should your deities software updates. Buggy af and breaks phone functionality with every update.

44. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lol, this guy is clearly triggered by what I said about the Priv being a terrible phone with numerous issues.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the triggered idiot inbred trolling Apple shill that continues to deflect with rage whenever I say the truth about the buggy af iOS software. You're so triggered that my KEYone is my daily driver along with my Nokia 6, while you're still stuck on a flip phone.

27. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Put sd835 or atleast sd660 in Keyone, I will buy it instantly. Love the design but hate the SOC.

26. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

The key is remembering blackberry has always been known for its security, software, and unique keyboard. John is capitalizing on what made blackberry or originally RIM in the first place

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can't mention enough how John Chen has really turned the company around, and for the better. They've got great software, awesome security, a great business model going with their multiple hardware licensees, and an incredible smartphone that's making headlines in the BlackBerry KEYone.

9. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Do you ever not do a blackberry sales pitch?

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Do you ever stop being an inbred troll?

20. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Do you?

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Do you?

32. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Ladies first.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

So get to it, ma'am.

42. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You first, tranny.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yeah, you are a tranny. Following in your G-Dad's footsteps.

4. Cat97

Posts: 2076; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

KEYone is a great device because it resembles old Blackberry devices but has a modern OS. What was so hard ? They should have done this 5 years ago.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

They wanted to try and make it with their own homegrown OS first. Can't fault them for trying.

8. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

They did. They did so with the Passport and it tanked. Then they moved to Android with the Priv, which had a keyboard, but it had a myriad of issues along with a high price point.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Please don't speak about "myriad of problems" when your deity can't even get the software right on their phones, as well as charging exorbitant prices.

18. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lol, triggered much? Obviously I must have hit a home run with the truth because you are crying hard right now.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, yes, you are triggered much because I struck a nerve deep in your gut with facts, and you're seething with anger right now and full of rage.

31. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

And I spoke the facts and you just bumburned because of it.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop projecting.

41. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Stop assuming.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're still projecting.

1. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

"he helps BlackBerry differentiate itself from the other players in the handset industry" differentiate by insisting on outdated features like hardware keys :P

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Outdated hardware keyboard? Then why does Samsung still make high-end flip phones in 2017? Not everyone is a fan of virtual keyboards, and from my experience, hardware keyboard appeals to the elderly people like my mum who doesn't like touchscreen at all, as she says it isn't practical. But hey, BB also differentiates itself with Security, not just hardware keyboard.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 23119; Member since: May 28, 2014

How are hardware keyboards that have touch enabled capabilities outdated? Then again, why am I asking this question to an obvious troll. Obvious troll gotta troll, I guess. :p

7. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Don't forget about the prices. They are still living in the past with the way they price their products.

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