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T-Mobile REVVL leads carrier’s low-cost lease phone Smartpicks

T-Mobile REVVL leads carrier’s low-cost lease phone Smartpicks

The T-Mobile REVVL is a smartphone that leads the pack of JUMP phones offered by the brand for cheap. Rumor has it this device was manufactured by TCL, the came company that makes Alcatel phones and some BlackBerry phones - and by the looks of it, that assessment seems right on point. The REVVL is one of a set of low-cost smartphones released with T-Mobile JUMP that users are able to lease.

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Amazon Prime Day deals: Don’t believe the hype 2017

Amazon Prime Day deals: Don’t believe the hype 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 isn't all that much better than the same event last year - and right now I'm going to explain why. One of the most major reasons why there's so much hype in Amazon Prime Day is the opportunity it brings to blogs VIA the Amazon Affiliate system. Granted, most blogs that make articles with affiliate links make certain to mention this in their articles - we've done it here in this very article, in fact. But not every deal is great - and in fact the vast majority of the stuff that's discounted on Prime Day is a deal of the worst kind - the kind that isn't much of a deal at all.

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BlackBerry KEYone screen problem acknowledged, downplayed

BlackBerry KEYone screen problem acknowledged, downplayed

Some might look at it like the Galaxy Note 7 all over again, though this time thankfully with less dangerous consequences. The BlackBerry KEYone allegedly had a very week, almost no, adhesive binding the screen to the rest of its body, resulting in the screen popping or falling off with very little force involved. In a statement to CrackBerry, BlackBerry Mobile somewhat admits that there might issues with adhesives, but also limits it to a "small handful" of affected units.

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BlackBerry KEYone breaks spectacularly in bend test

BlackBerry KEYone breaks spectacularly in bend test

It's been a while since we've seen something break at the hands of JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson. OEMs have become a bit smarter and have recently avoided being inducted into the YouTube channel's shelf of shame. Even the fragile-looking Samsung Galaxy S8 turned out to be quite the unyielding beast. It seems, however, that TCL didn't get the memo. That's because while the premium BlackBerry KEYone won't scratch so easily and feels solid in your hand, it will easily stop working even with very little force applied.

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BlackBerry KEYone US availability: here’s what you need to know

BlackBerry KEYone US availability: here’s what you need to know

Fans of the unmoving physical QWERTY keyboard in the US might have trouble sleeping tonight. Not out of worry but out of excitement. Unless they are subscribed to one particular carrier. TCL has just announced that its own-made BlackBerry smartphone is finally landing in stores tomorrow. The BlackBerry KEYone, which could be the first and last BlackBerry-branded QWERTY phone this year, will be available in unlocked models compatible with most US carriers save for Sprint.

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TCL’s 2017 Roku smart TVs include 4K and Dolby Vision HDR

TCL’s 2017 Roku smart TVs include 4K and Dolby Vision HDR

TCL has unveiled its latest lineup of Roku smart TVs, the C and P Series. Both the C-Series and the P-Series bring with them technologies like Dolby Vision HDR and a 4K Ultra HD resolution. The C-Series tops out at a 75-inch size while the P-Series is 65-inches on the largest end of the spectrum. Preorders will start on May 26 through Amazon, where the 55-inch P-Series model in particular will be offered at a special lower launch price.

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BlackBerry KEYone Review: With QWERTY comes compromise

BlackBerry KEYone Review: With QWERTY comes compromise

The phoenix metaphor is overused in a tech world where brand recycling has become commonplace, so let's just call the BlackBerry KEYone a QWERTY comeback. You'd be forgiven for dismissing it for not one but two reasons, after all. First, for packing a physical keyboard in an age where more flexible, programable touchscreen interfaces are the status-quo. Second, for its attempt at resurrecting a nameplate that long ago lost its shine.

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Turing Phone maker enlists TCL for AI-assisted Appassionato phone

Turing Phone maker enlists TCL for AI-assisted Appassionato phone

While TCL does have its own smartphones under the Alcatel brand, it seems to have stumbled upon a new business. It is probably becoming the go to manufacturer for smartphone makers who are no longer making their own phones. After BlackBerry, TCL's next customer is Turing Robotic Industries or TRI, which is perhaps better known for its "Liquidmorphium" Turing Phone. Together, the two will create the next generation of that line, the Appassionato, which will come with its own "amplified intelligence" assistant, Sir ALAN.

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BlackBerry to expand its branding to devices other than phones

BlackBerry to expand its branding to devices other than phones

Despite all the long-running jokes about the death of BlackBerry, the company still manages to live on, even releasing the occasional new smartphone. Or, more appropriately, new smartphones are shipping with the BlackBerry name on them. It turns out the company's decision to license its name, with TCL acquiring the exclusive rights to the brand late last year, was a good one business-wise, as they've reported higher than expected profits.

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More BlackBerry phones coming, one leaks out from Indonesia

More BlackBerry phones coming, one leaks out from Indonesia

It may seem ironic at first brush that there might actually be more BlackBerry smartphones released after BlackBerry itself decided to stop making its own smartphones. That is, of course, also an expected consequence since the production of devices is no longer dependent on BlackBerry’s capabilities. The year may have kicked off with the BlackBerry KEYone, previously the “Mercury”, but 2017 may see at least 5 new BB phones launched. One from BB Merah Putih in Indonesia, might actually be closer to launch.

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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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