Nokia and BlackBerry back from the dead with new Android smartphones launched at CES 2017

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Popular smartphone brands Nokia and BlackBerry have both been revived with new handsets launching this year.

While the BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ will bring back the firm’s famous physical keyboard, the Nokia 6 will be the brand’s very first Android phone.

However, the new Nokia handset will only be launching in China.

BlackBerry gave a glimpse of its new handset at last week’s CES tech show in Las Vegas, while the Nokia handset was announcement was made to coincide with the last day of the show.

Both of the long-standing phone brands have been licensed to little-known smartphone makers.

The new handset is thought to be called the BlackBerry Mercury – more details, including the official name will be unveiled next month (Photo: AFP)

Hong Kong-based firm and Alcatel parent company TCL is now in charge of keeping the BlackBerry name alive.

Beyond the resurrected keyboard, details for the new BlackBerry are sparse, as it is set to be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February.

However, it appears to sport the same touch-sensitive keyboard as the BlackBerry Priv .

The gadget’s name has yet to be officially disclosed, but is thought to be called the BlackBerry Mercury.

The phone is expected to launch a few months after its official unveiling in February.

The new Nokia 6 is the brand’s first Android handset, but will only be released in China (Photo: REUTERS)

Last year, Finnish firm HMD snapped up the Nokia brand from Microsoft.

However, its new Nokia 6, which is the brand’s first Android handset , will be limited to buyers in China.

Packing a 5.5-inch screen and Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, the phone will run Android Nougat .

The phone will available exclusively through JD.com, one of the countries biggest retailers, in ‘early 2017’.

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