TCL to Launch Two New BlackBerry Smartphones in 2018

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Building upon the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone and the BlackBerry Motion, TCL Communication has announced that it will launch at least two new BlackBerry smartphones on the market in 2018. This begins with an all-new color variant and dual SIM version of BlackBerry KEYone – Bronze Edition – to be released in select markets across Asia, Europe and the Middle East later in Q1.

“It has been less than one year since we formally introduced the world to our all-new BlackBerry smartphones and we’ve seen very strong renewed interest thanks to devices like BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion,” said Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile. “With new BlackBerry smartphones from TCL Communication now available in over 50 countries around the world,  we have a solid foundation to continue building upon our portfolio in the new year. This means customers can expect to see at least two new BlackBerry smartphones from us later this year.”

Since the global rollout of BlackBerry KEYone, which began in Q2 2017, TCL Communication has launched the device in over 50 countries worldwide, including markets in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In fact, the global rollout continues with variants of BlackBerry KEYone newly released in Mexico and South Korea. This includes launching with key partners like AT&T, Sprint, Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Amazon, Best Buy, Vodafone, MediaMarkt, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, JD.com, Telefonica and many more.

BlackBerry phones are the world’s most secure Android smartphones because we’ve designed security into every possible piece of software,” said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. “We are excited that TCL Communication has decided to bring the BlackBerry Motion with its outstanding battery life and its touchscreen interface to the United States, in addition to introducing a dual-SIM variant of the highly regarded BlackBerry KEYone for global markets. In 2018 we will be working closely with TCL Communication to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo, including additional security and other features, to continue to expand the overall BlackBerry smartphone user experience.”

TCL Communication is adding the all-new BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition to the series. This limited edition model features a matte bronze finish and adds dual-SIM compatibility for select global markets. Ideal for corporate users or frequent travelers, the BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition also has 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage. Additionally, it comes packed with all the security, productivity and reliability features that have made BlackBerry KEYone such a distinctly different and popular smartphone. More information on the regional availability of BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition will be shared shortly, including market availability and pricing.

 

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