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BlackBerry ‘Unconventional Device’

Even as blackberry pivots to center of attention extra on tool and products and services, the company that received repute for its smartph1s is just not giving up on its handset business, 2 senior executives stated.

After recording a gross profit from its weakened handset operation and with roughly 50 million people globally n1theless the usage of its older-era blackberry ph1s, there may be doable in that business, the executives said.

Their remarks got here during a frenetic week when blackberry reported a lot smaller-than-anticipated loss and launched its sq.-screened blackberry Passport device.

Ron Louks, who heads blackberry’s gadgets arm, menti1d now that the corporate had pared losses, it could actually have enough m1y to take some dangers and look at introducing at least 1 unconventional instrument each yr.

“in the case of design and being a little bit disruptive, we wish that ‘wow’ issue,” Louks menti1d. “no longer all the merchandise may have it, however we surely have opportunities.”

Blackberry already has another unconventional device in the works, he menti1d, adding that it has already got some certain comments from carriers on it.

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Passport reviews have been blended. Whereas the instrument has received reward for its battery life, huge screen and contact-delicate keyboard, it has been criticized for, among different things, being difficult to operate with 1 hand.

Louks hinted that blackberry was once engaged on a prototype that will be easier to make use of with a single hand.

“From a roadmap point of view, i am pretty happy with the place we’re at for subsequent yr,” he menti1d in an interview, including that he additionally anticipated demand for the Passport to exceed expectations.

Blackberry stated on Friday that it had already taken about 200,000 orders for the Passport, which went on sale Wednesday and bought out on Amazon.com Inc inside 6 hours.

Speaking with the media after blackberry suggested quarterly results on Friday, Chief govt Officer John Chen menti1d the company used to be likely to exhibit new devices at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2015.

“Given the receptivity for the Passport, i do know that we will have at the least some other technology of that instrument,” menti1d Chen. “I also lift very high hopes for the classic, and i have spoken with a lot of people that want it … So i feel we can have any other generation on that, and there shall be a brand new thought software too.”

The blackberry traditional, which bears similarities to the company’s once wildly fashionable bold smartph1, might be on hand later this year.

Blackberry’s risky inventory used to be up 0.2 percent at $10.28 in late-morning Nasdaq buying and selling.

JPMorgan, UBS, BMO and other brokerages raised their share-price objectives for blackberry on Monday.