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 December with BlackBerry Ltd., which now focuses on making the security software that was another key factor underpinning the Canadian company’s phenomenal success in the pre-smartphone era and sustained it with corporate users as the world moved on to smartphones with other features.


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