Within the Encore Las Vegas hotel, there's a suite adorned with the BlackBerry logo. Three podiums stand by a window, displaying BlackBerry phones.
Executives are walking around, showing off the devices. One exec taps a remote, and the curtains pull back. Instead of sunlight, there's a large BlackBerry poster plastered on the window, hawking a new phone.
Wait a minute. Didn't BlackBerry (the company) give up on making BlackBerry (the phone)? Where am I? When am I?
This is not BlackBerry the company, though. It is China-based TCL, which is best known for making budget televisions found at Costco and Walmart. (TCL's Alcatel unit also makes budget-friendly phones.) TCL is at this week's CES showing off the devices, including a prototype of the next BlackBerry, which is only referred to as Mercury. But BlackBerry is back. Again.