Leaked BlackBerry Ghost is a premium smartphone made especially for India

Joshua Bennett
March 2, 2018

Blackberry has struck a similar deal with the Delhi based Optiemus Infracom in 2017, which holds the rights for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

According to a Tweet by known tipster Evan Blass, BlackBerry is working on a new smartphone codenamed as "Ghost". Now, we do not really know whether BlackBerry will be attempting a truly bezel-less edge-to-edge design or a more standard approach we see in most Android devices. For the company, things like "channel presence" - meaning, literally, how present its products are in the most direct sales channels to potential customers - are a more important metric than actual sales. The latest to do so is BlackBerry, which is reportedly prepping an all-new smartphone that will be exclusive to the Indian market.

BlackBerry "Ghost" could feature a bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

However, to reach that kind of figure, BlackBerry will have to sell around 10 million units per year, according to Counterpoint Research analyst - Neil Shah. Unfortunately, the device will only be available in India and won't actually be made by Blackberry nor TCL. Now, a new smartphone has emerged online, which is expected to launch in India. This means there could be 52 shortcuts to launch different applications. It's quite possible that the device will have a thin bottom chin, but it's also likely that Opteimus may have completely removed the bottom bezel for this phone.

The importance of the Middle East for BlackBerry was underlined a year ago when TCL staged the global unveiling of the BlackBerry Motion at the Gitex Technology Week exhibition in Dubai last October. How many of you have had experience with a BlackBerry phone in the past?

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