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TCL Communication Wins Two 2019 iF DESIGN AWARDS for the BlackBerry® KEY2 and KEY2 LE smartphones

By | Press Release

MUNICH – March 15, 2019 – TCL Communication won two iF DESIGN AWARDS for Smartphone Product Design this evening for its BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE at the iF Design Award Night 2019. The preeminent design prize has been awarded for 66 years by the world’s oldest independent design organization, the Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH. 

BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE were among 6,375 entries from 52 countries competing to receive the iF DESIGN AWARD’s seal of quality, winning over the 67-member jury of independent experts from around the world for their distinct smartphone design and unique combination of form and functionality. More information about BlackBerry KEY 2 and BlackBerry KEY 2 LE is available on iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

“We are extremely proud to have our devices designs recognized by such a prestigious organization which highlights just a bit of our product development capabilities within TCL Communication,” said Shane Lee, General Manager of Global Product Center at TCL Communication. “Our teams remain committed to offering our customers around the world a genuine BlackBerry smartphone experience that offers an experience quite distinct from the rest of the market today.”

TCL communication announced a RED Edition to KEY2 last month at Mobile World Congress. Featuring the iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard and loaded with BlackBerry Limited’s best security and privacy enhancements, this reimagined BlackBerry smartphone variant builds on BlackBerry KEY2’s iconic features with an exciting new design for premium precision and performance. This newest addition to TCL’s range of BlackBerry-branded smartphones comes in a deep red Series 7 Aluminum frame accented by black textured backing and keys, for one of the most distinctive smartphone aesthetics available today. BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition will be available in select markets across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia starting at £699/$749/€779 and will also include a special-edition set of red BlackBerry-branded earbuds. Starting today, the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is available for pre-order across Europe on the official BlackBerry Mobile online store.

We listened to and acted on customers’ demands for an exclusive device variant with the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition, which offers a fresh take on our award-winning BlackBerry KEY2 smartphone,” said Peter Lee, General Manager of Global Sales & Marketing Center at TCL Communication. “BlackBerry is about security, long battery life and working productivity, the distinct experience of KEY2 RED Edition will continue putting a premium on reliability, productivity and security.

About the iF DESIGN AWARD

For 66 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design/UX, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concept.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile devices and services worldwide through a comprehensive, multi-brand portfolio that includes TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry branded products. Additionally, TCL Communication is the brand owner, R&D developer and manufacturing partner of Palm-branded devices. The company’s products are sold in more than 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates its own manufacturing in China as well as global R&D centers.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Nokia used under license by TCL Communication.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BlackBerry and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Palm is a trademark owned by TCL Communication and under license by Palm Ventures Group through Wide Progress Global.

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Media Contact:

tclpress@tcl.com

BLACKBERRY® KEY2 RED EDITION DEBUTS AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2019

By | Press Release

BARCELONA – February 24, 2019 – The BlackBerry® KEY2 smartphone was recently named a winner of this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD, a world-renowned design prize, and now TCL Communication is unveiling an all-new version of the award-winning BlackBerry KEY2 at Mobile World Congress 2019 with the introduction of the exclusive BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition. Featuring the iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard and loaded with BlackBerry Limited’s best security and privacy enhancements, this refreshed BlackBerry-branded smartphone variant builds on BlackBerry KEY2’s iconic features with an exciting new design inspired by premium precision and performance. This newest addition to TCL’s range of BlackBerry-branded smartphones comes in a deep red Series 7 Aluminum frame, with black accents covering the textured back and the keys, helping create one of the most unique smartphones available today.

“We always appreciate the opportunity to respond to our customers when they ask for an exclusive device variant – which is why we offered the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition – and now we can respond again with the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition which offers a fresh take on our award-winning BlackBerry KEY2 smartphone,” said Francois Mahieu, Global Managing Director for BlackBerry Mobile at TCL Communication. “With added styling and increased memory, this limited edition BlackBerry-branded smartphone offers a distinct experience while putting a premium on reliability, productivity and security”

““In today’s hyperconnected world, people need devices that they can trust for security and data privacy,” said Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President and GM of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. “With a hardened Android operating system and software that alerts you when apps access your data, the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is a stylish workhorse built with the highest-security standards in mind.”

The all-new, beautifully crafted BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is powered by Android™ and includes support for popular features like Google™ Lens and Google Pay™, and comes with the recently introduced Google™ Assistant profile in the Convenience Key. With the Google Assistant profile in the Convenience Key, it’s now easier than ever to manage tasks, plan your day, make a phone call, send a message or control your home IoT devices. It also features a dual rear camera and the popular Speed Key, while packing some extra performance with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. The limited Red Edition will also launch with a Hub+ software refresh which includes a new Action bar added to the bottom of the Hub+ applications – improving ergonomics by giving users quick access to primary features like search, sort, and compose. The essential productivity suite has also received a UX update giving both BlackBerry® Hub and the BlackBerry® Calendar a more modern and stylized look.

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition will be available in select markets across North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia starting at £699/$749/€779, and will also include a special edition set of red BlackBerry-branded earbuds. Also, starting today the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is available for pre-order across Europe on the official BlackBerry Mobile online store.

To see all the latest mobile devices from TCL Communication – including the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition – during Mobile World Congress 2019, please visit our booth at the Fira Gran Via, Hall 3, Stand 3D11.

For more information on the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition and the other BlackBerry-branded smartphones from TCL Communication, please visit  www.BlackBerryMobile.com.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile devices and services worldwide through a comprehensive, multi-brand portfolio that includes TCL, Alcatel, BlackBerry and Palm branded products. The company’s portfolio of products are currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates its own manufacturing in China with additional R&D centers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.tclcom.com.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Nokia used under license by TCL Communication.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Palm is a trademark owned by TCL Communication and under license by Palm Ventures Group through Wide Progress Global.

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Media Contacts:

Camille Gere

Email: camille.gere@tcl.com

BLACKBERRY® KEY2 LE COMING SOON TO VERIZON BUSINESS CUSTOMERS

By | Press Release

LAS VEGAS – January 8, 2019 – In the coming weeks, Verizon Enterprise and Small Business customers will be able to purchase the productivity-ready BlackBerry KEY2 LE. With its purposeful design built for the modern communicator, the Slate variant of KEY2 LE will offer Dual-SIM support, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of internal storage. It also comes with the innovative Speed Key for a more customized universal shortcut experience and includes support for popular features like the Google™ Assistant, Google™ Lens and Google Pay™.

“In today’s business world, whether you’re a large enterprise or a small business, you need tools for your team that not only put productivity first, but also help keep your organization’s security and privacy at the core of everything it does,” said Francois Mahieu, General Manager of BlackBerry Mobile for TCL Communication. “This is why we’re so proud to partner with Verizon to offer the BlackBerry KEY2 LE to their business customers. They can buy with confidence not only knowing they’re getting a genuine BlackBerry experience, but also knowing they’re getting a modern smartphone built for productivity, reliability and security.”

“We are excited to add the BlackBerry KEY2 LE to Verizon’s portfolio of leading-edge smartphones for our business customers,” said James Hammond, Director of Business Devices at Verizon. “With BlackBerry’s decades of experience securing the mobile workforce running on America’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, we continue to offer an industry-leading lineup of solutions needed by businesses.”

PURPOSEFUL DESIGN FOR THE MODERN COMMUNICATOR

Capturing the balance between iconic BlackBerry design and modern elements, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE features a lightweight polycarbonate frame and a newly designed soft textured back that provides better in-hand grip to prevent drops. Designed for accuracy and precision, the physical keyboard includes the Speed Key that enables shortcut access to a number of functions on your device at any time, without having to return to the home screen or search in an app folder to access the apps, contacts and functions you use and communicate with most. The Speed Key is complemented by 52 customizable shortcuts, so you can program each key to instantly bring up the contacts and apps you use most.

ENHANCED PRIVACY YOU CONTROL

Now you can take personal control of your smartphone privacy with features like Locker that allow you to manage what information is shared in the cloud, like your photos and documents. Locker provides a personal space on the device where you can store apps you want to keep private along with sensitive documents and photos. Firefox Focus™, the privacy browser by Mozilla®, is also included so you can avoid trackers and automatically delete your browsing session when the app is closed. The BlackBerry KEY2 LE also includes the refreshed DTEK™ by BlackBerry application that brings new scanning features for proactive security checks to easily identify and mitigate potential security risks, such as unwanted data access by a downloaded application on your smartphone. And a commitment to monthly Android™ security updates means you’ll always be protected from the latest threats.

PRODUCTIVITY YOU CAN ONLY FIND IN A BLACKBERRY SMARTPHONE

With the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, you have all the features you need to manage your work, travel, and personal life on the go. This includes support for dual personal accounts and business ready software that makes it easier to manage all aspects of your life. Dual account management is built in to enable you to separately manage both personal and professional social media profiles on apps like Facebook® and Instagram™, and on the dual SIM variant of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, you can also have dual WhatsApp® and other accounts that require unique numbers. It also comes loaded with BlackBerry® Hub which brings all your messages into one consolidated place – including emails, texts and messages from almost any social media account, including WhatsApp®.

POWER TO GET YOU THROUGH THE DAY

Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor and an efficient battery that offers up to 22 hours of mixed use, BlackBerry KEY2 LE can get you through the busiest of days and often into the next day. In addition, it features Qualcomm Quick Charge® 3.0, enabling up to a 50 percent charge in about 36 minutes – enough power to get you through a normal work day. It also comes with a Boost mode charging and contextual battery reminder which will learn from your daily charging habits and calendar appointments to recommend when to charge so you have the battery power you need when you need it most.

To see the BlackBerry KEY2 LE during CES 2019 (January 8-11, 2019), please visit the TCL booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth 12929.

For more information about the all-new BlackBerry KEY2 LE and to register to receive the latest BlackBerry Mobile news and updates, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile devices and services worldwide through a comprehensive, multi-brand portfolio that includes TCL, Alcatel, BlackBerry and Palm branded products. The company’s portfolio of products are currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates its own manufacturing in China with additional R&D centers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.tclcom.com.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Nokia used under license by TCL Communication.

 

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Palm is a trademark owned by TCL Communication and under license by Palm Ventures Group through Wide Progress Global.

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Media Contacts:

Jason Gerdon

Email: jason.gerdon@tcl.com

Brad Molen

Email: brad.molen@tcl.com