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BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

I used to be a fan of QWERTY keyboards on smartphones, but as auto-correct for on-screen keyboards improved and devices slimmed down with a focus on touch, the charm of a physical 'board faded. BlackBerry wants to bring that back, though, with the BlackBerry KeyOne, a brand new smartphone that differentiates itself from the crowd with its physical thumbboard under a touchscreen. I spent some time trying the KeyOne out here at Mobile World Congress 2017.

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BlackBerry KeyOne pairs physical keyboard with Android Nougat

BlackBerry KeyOne pairs physical keyboard with Android Nougat

BlackBerry isn't dead, and the new BlackBerry KeyOne is aiming to underscore that, not least by giving physical keyboard lovers a new fix for their addiction. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 today, the smartphone previously known as the BlackBerry Mercury has a QWERTY keyboard underneath a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. Like other recent BlackBerry devices, it runs Android rather than RIM's OS, though with some primarily security and productivity-minded tweaks.

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BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

Well that went fast. It feels like only yesterday when BlackBerry put out the DTEK60. Actually it was just a few months ago, so not exactly an exaggeration. It was no secret that BlackBerry had one last smartphone up its sleeve, perhaps the last of its kind. A smartphone bearing its own, non-sliding physical keyboard has been expected, and it seems it's coming sooner rather than later. At CES 2017, right at the start of the year, BlackBerry and TCL will reveal what is perhaps the last keyboard smartphone, the BlackBerry PRESS.

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BlackBerry gives TCL almost full reign over its smartphones

BlackBerry gives TCL almost full reign over its smartphones

It is perhaps to no one’s surprise. After all the BlackBerry DTEK50, and the DTEK60 as well, were made by Alcatel. Now the two companies are just making things official and public. BlackBerry and Alcatel parent company TCL has announced the signing of a deal that fully brings a chapter in BlackBerry’s history to a close. BlackBerry will simply be licensing its software and brand to TCL, who will the design, make, and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones, which pretty much makes it the exclusive BlackBerry hardware partner.

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TCL Xess brings its giant Android screen to Amazon

TCL Xess brings its giant Android screen to Amazon

Not so long ago, Alcatel introduced what was, and still is, an odd Android device. It was basically a gigantic 17.3-inch Android tablet that is meant to be used upright and not meant to be carried around much. The Xess was scheduled to go on sale last April but it is only now that it is showing up for retail on Amazon. And while it’s being sold under parent company TCL’s name, it’s really the same Xess as before, but with one subtle shift in focus: Amazon Alexa.

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TCL 4K Roku smart TVs go up for preorder

TCL 4K Roku smart TVs go up for preorder

The latest TCL smart TVs with Roku baked in bring Ultra HD resolution with them, and they're now up for preorder. First announced in January, the televisions offer all the benefits of a Roku set-top-box without having to purchase and hook up the device separately. As well, the TVs can be used to stream 4k-resolution videos, unlike previous TCL TVs, which were capped at a 1080p resolution.

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