BlackBerry gets buyout offer as new model leaks

BlackBerry Z10
BlackBerry Z10

Troubled Canadian smartphone manufacturer, BlackBerry, revealed it had made a loss of a billion dollars in the second quarter of 2013, but things could be looking up after news of a potential takeover bid became public.

A Canadian group, backed by an unknown number of additional supporters, is setting out to pay $4.7 billion for BlackBerry, once thorough financial analysis has been completed.

This means that the company will be able to hang on for a little longer and might actually experience a resurgence, if the new management is conducive to higher sales figures.

This week also saw the emergence of images showing an as yet unannounced BlackBerry handset, which is designed to sit somewhere between the Z10 and Q5.

BBin published the images of the BlackBerry C, also known as the Americano. It will be a low cost phone in a similar vein to the iPhone 5C and should have a 4.2 inch touchscreen display and a modest specification list.

BlackBerry confirmed that its focus would be switching towards selling smartphones to business buyers rather than solely to consumers, although the Americano might help it to make up some ground in the mainstream market.

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