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BlackBerry is supposedly bringing two spooky, high-end phones to India (Update)
Update (03/22/18): In addition to the Ghost, VentureBeat writer and smartphone leaker Evan Blass also tweeted what purports to be the Ghost Pro.
As with the Ghost, the Ghost Pro appears to embrace a near-bezel-less design. Indian licensee Optiemus will reportedly make the Ghost Pro, though we only have the image to go on for now.
Remember BlackBerry Ghost? Of course you do (and if not, just expand this thread). Well here’s another upcoming handset from Indian licensee Optiemus to haunt you: the BlackBerry Ghost Pro. pic.twitter.com/1TcyhE3CsL— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 22, 2018
As such, specs, pricing, and release information are unavailable, though Blass said in a later tweet that it would have a 4,000mAh battery. If it’s real, the Ghost Pro will presumably include more powerful internals and some higher-end features relative to the Ghost.
Original article (02/26/18): Notorious smartphone leaker Evan Blass tweeted today that a new Indian BlackBerry smartphone called Ghost will release soon, to be made by neither Blackberry nor TCL. Bear with use.
BlackBerry ‘Ghost’: a bezel-less, premium Android handset from licensee Optiemus; coming soon to India. pic.twitter.com/KTAvKbDl5v— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 26, 2018
The company that started BlackBerry doesn’t make BlackBerry phones anymore. It sold the rights to the BlackBerry brand to Chinese phone manufacturer TCL, but those rights don’t apply to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
In those countries, Indian telecommunications giant Optiemus owns the BlackBerry license. So the BlackBerry that released the KeyOne has nothing to do with the BlackBerry that is reportedly making the phone we’re talking about here.
From the photo (which appears to be a render, rather than an actual device) it appears the Ghost is nearly bezel-less and looks a lot like the OnePlus 5T. Since this image is all we have to go on right now, we have no idea what the specs, pricing, or release date might be. In fact, because the photo doesn’t show the phone powered on, it’s hard even to tell how bezel-less it really is.
This will most likely be the first BlackBerry device from Optiemus since its acquisition of the BlackBerry rights in 2017. Those of you in the four countries the phone will be available in: are you excited for a high-end BlackBerry?