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TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

BARCELONA: Blackberry may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more usable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in…

China’s TCL out to revive BlackBerry smartphones

LAS VEGAS: Chinese electronics company TCL Corporation was at CES with a plan to revive BlackBerry handsets knocked from the mobile phone throne by Apple and Google. TCL is putting its market clout behind the design, manufacture and marketing of a new portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones, trusting that its solid position in the market will renew faith in the brand. "What sells a product is confidence in your underlying capabilities and that there is a future," said Steve Cistulli, general manager for TCL Communication…