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Blackberry working on a new smartphone for MWC in 2015 says CEO

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday September 30, 2014.

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Blackberry is understandably delighted with the early success of the new Passport smartphone. Not only has the handset been greeted with critical acclaim, it also shifted over 200,000 units during its first day on release. It is now being reported that the company is already working on a sequel to the Passport and we could see the handset as soon as the Mobile Word Conference (MWC) early in 2015.

It is unclear whether Blackberry has been planning this new device for some time or whether the success of the Passport has spurred the company on. I would say the former is more likely and that certainly seems more logical as Blackberry has been saying the Passport would be a hit for some time. However, the fact that a new device will come is not even up for debate, it has been confirmed by Blackberry CEO John Chen.

When announcing the company's recent fall in losses and saying the brand would be solvent again by the end of 2015, Chen mentioned the new handset. He said that Blackberry would show off a "new BlackBerry device concept" at the MWC event that will take place between the 2nd and 5th March, 2015.

It is unlikely that the handset will be a direct replacement for the Passport and is more likely to be the sliding device QWERTY keyboard smartphone that Blackberry recently renewed a patent for. You can check that device out in the main image. It is worth noting that Chen mentions the new handset as a concept for the time being, so I expect to see it MWC, but it will probably not go on sale until later in 2015.

We'll keep you up to date on this release, but it does seem as though Blackberry is starting to regain its stride and confidence in the market.

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