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BlackBerry to launch new smartphones at MWC 2014: Firm hasn't given up just yet

BlackBerry to launch new smartphones at MWC 2014: Firm hasn't given up just yet

BlackBerry refuses to wave the white flag, new devices coming next month

BlackBerry looks like it will launch new smartphones at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) tech show.

It's no secret that BlackBerry has had a difficult couple of years, but the Canadian smartphone maker hasn't given up just yet. The firm is only weeks away from revealing multiple new handsets, according to Focus Taiwan.

See also: New smartphones to expect at MWC 2014: What will Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and Nokia launch?

The news comes from Terry Gou, CEO of Foxconn who said: "We are working with them [BlackBerry] to design a new device, and we will showcase multiple devices at the trade show [MWC] in Barcelona in February,"

The company signed a deal in December with BlackBerry to develop and produce new smartphones over the next five years. BlackBerry will supposedly target the rapidly growing smartphone market in Indonesia and other emerging markets such as Mexico.

The two companies will cooperate going forward, including 'mutual investments and global marketing' calling the deal "a breakthrough in the global technology industry,"

Gou added that BlackBerry offers an 'excellent platform' with its BlackBerry 10 OS, with 'outstanding security features' but lacks strong manufacturing capability.

In addition to focusing on tapping the rapidly growing smartphone market in Indonesia, the two will make new devices for other emerging markets, including Mexico, Hon Hai said in a statement.

Details of BlackBerry's new smartphones are still to be announced but it's likely that budget devices will be targeted at emerging markets. It's unclear whether the firm will launch any new devices in the UK but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.

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