“Enterprise professionals are eager for secure 5G devices that enable productivity, without sacrificing the user experience,” said OnwardMobility chief executive Peter Franklin.
“BlackBerry smartphones are known for protecting communications, privacy, and data.”
Franklin added that the deal would “deliver a new 5G Android BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard.”
BlackBerry’s share of the global smartphone market has fallen to virtually zero since it dominated the market with its keyboard design a decade ago.
The rise of Apple’s iOS and Android-powered handsets with touchscreens prompted BlackBerry to abandon the market to concentrate on software and services.
BlackBerry, based in Canada, licensed its smartphone technology to TCL in 2016 in a failed effort to revive its fortunes.
The agreement announced on Tuesday gives OnwardMobility the right to develop, engineer, and market a BlackBerry 5G smartphone.
FIH Mobile, a subsidiary Taiwan-based Foxconn, is to design and manufacture the new device.