BlackBerry to launch new smartphones at MWC 2014

BlackBerry to launch new smartphones at MWC 2014

Foxconn has announced that it has entered a partnership with BlackBerry in a move that will lead to the release of a brand new range of smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain.

Terry Gou, chief executive of Foxconn, confirmed the planned unveiling of the new BlackBerry smartphones during the company’s annual charity festival.

He said that the Canadian firm's BlackBerry 10 and QNS operating systems contain strong security features, but said its manufacturing capabilities are limited.

He added: “We are working with them [referring to the BlackBerry team] to design a new device, and we will showcase multiple devices at the trade show in Barcelona in February.”

There has been no confirmation as to how many devices will be released or what type of smartphones will be introduced during the upcoming event.

The last few weeks have led to rumours that BlackBerry could be considering the release of a new 3G smartphone powered by the BlackBerry 10 operating system in April this year.

Comments from the company's chief executive John Chen have also suggested that the firm could be in the process of developing a new high-end smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard, as it looks to also further strengthen its enterprise and mobile device management business.

The news comes just a month after BlackBerry announced that it had entered a partnership with Foxconn Technology, which it said would help it develop and manufacture new handsets, particularly for emerging markets such as Mexico and Indonesia.

Despite some well-documented difficulties, it appears that there is still an appetite among consumers both in the public and commercial sector for the company's products, especially its software offerings.

BlackBerry announced this week that it is set to launch a special release of BBM for devices running on Gingerbread, Android versions 2.2.3 to 2.3.7 in an attempt to gain a foothold on other platforms.