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Foxconn and US startup work on BlackBerry's return to Asia

OnwardMobility CEO says revamped 5G model will hit region 'as soon as possible'

The BlackBerry Key2 launched in 2018: the handsets' unique design won them many fans during their heyday.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- One Texas-based startup is on a mission to revive the BlackBerry -- the handset of choice for pre-smartphone professionals -- for the 5G era.

OnwardMobility is developing the new keyboard-equipped handset with Taiwan's Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Group, with plans to release them in North America and Europe within this year. But Asia is also an very important market, CEO and Founder Peter Franklin told Nikkei.

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