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BLACKBERRY® KEY2 RED EDITION NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES

By | Press Release, Uncategorized

IRVINE – April 19, 2019 – The BlackBerry® KEY2 smartphone, recently named a winner of this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD, a world-renowned design prize, is now available in an exclusive Red Edition in the United States. Featuring the iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard and loaded with BlackBerry Limited’s best security and privacy enhancements, this refreshed BlackBerry-branded smartphone variant announced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress 2019 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’ve received a lot of feedback from customers who have asked for an exclusive device variant of the BlackBerry KEY2, and we’re happy to respond by delivering the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition to customers in the United States,” said Eric Anderson, General Manager for TCL Communication, North America. “In addition to a new color, this limited edition BlackBerry-branded smartphone comes with increased memory, specialized headphones and new styling, all while providing the reliability, productivity and security our customers have come to expect from this brand.”

Powered by Android™, the all-new, beautifully crafted BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition 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 UX update giving the productivity suite a modern and stylized look. It also features 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.

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is available now on Amazon and Best Buy for $699, and also includes a special edition set of red BlackBerry-branded earbuds. 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 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. 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 Contact:
Brad Molen
Email: brad.molen@tcl.com

TCL Communication unveils its patented DragonHinge technology supporting the company’s future flexible display mobility portfolio

By | Press Release, Uncategorized

BARCELONA – February 24, 2019 – TCL Communication’s newest innovations are making their global debut at Mobile World Congress 2019 with the showcase of the company’s flexible display product portfolio in addition to announcing its all-new DragonHingeTM technology. With the support of the company’s patented DragonHingeTM technology, TCL Communication is able to showcase for the first time a complete lineup of its flexible panel mobile devices including tablet, smartphone and wearable.

Using custom flexible AMOLED displays from TCL sister company, CSOT, these foldable mobile devices are supported by TCL Communication’s proprietary DragonHingeTM technology which creates a mechanical housing for these devices, allowing them to fold and bend in support of a variety of use cases. This provides effortless and seamless movement, enabling the development of further flexible device designs which will make more advanced user experiences possible.

“Together with the support of our sister company, CSOT, we’re showing that TCL can be an innovator and leader in the mobile device market of the future,” said Peter Lee, General Manager, Global Sales and Marketing at TCL Communication. “When we look at the potential of our flexible device portfolio, we’re obviously very excited about what we’ll be bringing to market down the road. However, we’re not in a race to be the first because we feel it is more responsible to take a patient, thoughtful approach to not only solve hardware challenges, but also work with our partners on software solutions to ensure we deliver a meaningful user experience.”

“When we look at the practical application of flexible display and foldable mobile devices, there are really three challenges that need to be overcome: the flexible AMOLED display itself, a durable mechanical housing, and of course the software that can seamlessly adapt to these new form factors,” said Shane Lee, General Manager, Global Product Center at TCL Communication. “Through TCL’s vertical integration with CSOT, we have conquered many of the challenges that come with flexible displays; and now with the announcement of DragonHingeTM, we’re able to show the world how we’ll overcome the mechanical housing challenges that must be solved in order to support these new foldable form factors. We now have a hardware solution to build from, freeing us up to tackle the unique software experiences this new technology enables, and how it all ties in to the larger connected ecosystem as we prepare to launch our first foldable device next year.”

TCL Communication will showcase the first DragonHingeTM concept products this week at Mobile World Congress 2019, with the first consumer-ready devices expected to arrive in 2020.

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

For more information about TCL Communication and the company’s lineup of mobility devices, please visit www.tclcom.com, www.alcatelmobile.com, 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 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. 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 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 GoogleTM Lens and Google PayTM, and comes with the recently introduced GoogleTM 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 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. 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 Contact:
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 GoogleTM Assistant, GoogleTM Lens and Google PayTM.

“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 FocusTM, 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 DTEKTM 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 AndroidTM 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 InstagramTM, 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® SnapdragonTM 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