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BlackBerry Hub+ Services beta updated to fix call log issue on dual-SIM devices

For those of you out there using a BlackBerry smartphone that features dual-SIM and are part of the beta program, you'll want to go ahead and load up the Google Play Store and get the latest BlackBerry Hub+ Services downloaded.

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The BlackBerry KEY2 LE in Atomic is now available for pre-order in Europe!

For those of you who may have been holding off picking up a BlackBerry KEY2 LE waiting for the Atomic red to arrive, BlackBerry Mobile has now kicked off pre-orders in Europe through their EU store.

Register now for the BlackBerry Mobile Paris Soiree!

All registration spots have no been filled up. Thanks, everyone!

If you're in the Paris area on November 29th, BlackBerry Mobile is hosting an exclusive celebration of creatives and the latest BlackBerry smartphones, and you're invited to attend. As it is a soiree, there will be plenty of food, drinks, and entertainment but space is limited.

Google Play Cyber Week deals feature 99¢ movie rentals, 80% off games, and more!

The Google Play Store Cyber Week sale has now kicked off, and if you're looking to load up on digital goods, you'll undoubtedly want to fire up the Google Play Store and take a look at what is available. Everything from movies, to games to subscriptions and ebooks are discounted!

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Grab a BlackBerry KEY2 LE from Amazon for only $429.99

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE pricing hasn't moved much from its initial $449.99 since release but through Amazon, we're seeing a bit of a discount as the KEY2 LE is now listed at $429.99.

Boost your Excel skills with this $19 Diploma Masterclass

Microsoft's Excel, part of the Office suite of tools, is incredibly powerful when placed in competent hands, but it can be extremely daunting to learn. Considering workable knowledge of Excel is often a requirement for employment, having the right training on your resume can make a big difference.

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Though it's just one part of the Office suite, Excel is a deep program that takes a lot of training to master. For that reason, you can usually expect to pay a lot for the required courses, but CrackBerry Digital Offers is making it easier on you. Instead of paying the usual price of $395, you'll instead pay just $19. That's 95 percent off the regular price!

This CDP-certified program includes eight courses with three hours of coursework per week, beginning with the basics and ending up with automated macros, formatted data, and tables. A certificate of completion is included in the course, and once purchased, you can begin taking lessons whenever you want.

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Whether or not you have experience with Excel, this course can help you take your knowledge to the next level. It will look great on your resume, and you'll be able to confidently declare knowledge in a realm where a lot of people struggle. Considering it's just $19 for the entire thing, it might be time to get your feet moving.

TELUS has the BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE available for $0

TELUS has now kicked off their Black Friday and holiday pricing, and as part of that, they have reduced pricing on the BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE when purchased with an eligible plan.

BlackBerry Mobile EU Store has special pricing on KEYone and Motion!

If you live in the EU and are looking for a great deal on the BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry Motion, the BlackBerry Mobile EU store is the spot to check out! Pricing on all available KEYone variants including silver, black, and bronze has been discounted. Plus, Motion has special pricing.

Best Black Friday Tech Deals 2018: Nintendo Switch, Sonos & More

These are the discounts you're looking for.

Black Friday brings with it a large amount of deals, but not all of them are created equal. Retailers are already starting to put things on sale, and what was once a one-day event has now turned into nearly a month-long span of deals, discounts, and promotions. If you're looking to cut through the fluff and only worry about the best deals and discounts, this is the list for you.

We've rounded up 20 of the best tech deals that will be available during this year's Black Friday shopping event and put them in an easy list. Here's what you should be shopping for this year while looking around at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and more.

Note: The list below is in no particular order, and not all of the deals are live right now. Be sure to check below for a brief analysis of each deal and tune into Thrifter so you don't miss it when they go live!

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Amazon Echo Dot: $24

This deal is on Amazon's 3rd-gen Echo Dot. It was just released about a month ago and has been selling for $50 since its release. Previously, the only way to save on it was to order multiple at a time. This discount is more than 50% off.

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Google Home Hub: $99

Google's Home Hub is the company's first Assistant-enabled smart display, and people have been raving about it since its release. It normally sells for $149, and this $50 price drop marks the first time it's gone on sale to date.

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Apple HomePod: $249

Apple's first foray into the smart speaker world was received with mixed reactions, and a lot of people complained about the price being a bit too high. We've seen a few discounts that knocked $20 - $40 off the speaker, but never $100 in the past. This deal likely won't last long, so be prepared for it.

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Amazon Fire TV 4K: $35

Amazon recently refreshed most of its own hardware, and with that came a 4K version of the Fire TV Stick. It normally sells for $50, and the non-4K one sells for $40, but this time they've dropped to $35 and $20, respectively.

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Xbox One X: $400

People have been loving the more powerful Xbox, but at nearly double the cost of an Xbox One S it can be hard to justify. This is $100 off the price, and one of the best deals we've ever seen on it. Whether you want one for yourself or as a gift, now's the time to do it!

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Philips Hue Starter Kits & Bulbs: 40% off

Smart lights are amazing, but with the convenience comes a cost. Philips makes some of the best out there with its Hue line, and during Black Friday select bulbs, hubs, and starter kits will be on sale by as much as 40%.

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Surface Laptop 2: $999

This is Microsoft's latest and greatest down to its cheapest. This $300 discount makes it more affordable to many, and makes it one of the best values out there right now for a high-end Windows laptop.

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Sonos One: $175

What happens when you take a Sonos speaker and combine it with an Echo Dot? The Sonos One. It has Amazon's Alexa built right in, and rarely goes on sale. This is a match of the lowest we've seen the speaker drop in the past year.

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Ring Video Doorbell 2: $139

You can't always be at home, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't always be able to answer your door. The Ring Video Doorbells allow you to do just that from anywhere in the world using your phone, and this one offers 1080p video, two-way audio chat, and more. This is quite a steal, especially once you consider the free Echo Dot you get with it.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4: $40

I mean, it's the latest game from the Call of Duty franchise. Do we really need to say much more? It's received rave reviews, provides countless hours of fun, and at $40, it's hard to pass up.

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Amazon Fire 7: $30

Amazon's Fire Tablets have been praised for a while now, and at these prices they are hard to refuse. At $30, these make great gift ideas for just about anyone on your list.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: $260

Smart watches are something people either love or hate, but regardless of your opinion you should't pay full price for one. Samsung's Galaxy Watch brings some key features to your wrist, like notifications, sleep tracking, workout tracking, and more. This is a great price to consider buying one at.

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Dell Chromebook 11 - $200

At $200, this Chromebook is really hard to pass up. Dell is a well-known brand, and makes some of the most reliable machines out there. These are great for web browsing, email, document creation, and more.

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PlayStation 4 Spider-Man Bundle: $200

Marvel's Spider-Man is set to be one of the hottest games this year, and if you're looking to pick one up with a PlayStation 4, look no further. On average, the console itself sells for around $200, so this offer basically scores you the game for free. That's hard to beat.

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iRobot Roomba 675: $200

Stop vacuuming your floors for yourself, and let this discounted iRobot Roomba do it for you. You can schedule when you want it to run, and even control it right from your smartphone. Grab one today and let it do the work while you kick back and sip on some eggnog.

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Roku Ultra: $50

Streaming media hardware is becoming more and more popular, and Roku makes some of the best out there. This one offers 4K streaming, a remote that you can plug headphones into, and much more. If you've been on the fence about cutting the cord, let this deal be the one that pushes you over the edge.

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Apple Watch Series 3: $199

If you can live without the EKG functionality, Apple's Series 3 Watch is still a must-have. It offers the ability to track your workouts, get your notifications on your wrist, and can even connect to LTE so you can leave your phone behind at times. This is one of the steepest discounts we've seen on it so far, and it's not likely you'll find one in new condition for any less.

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Dell Inspiron 22 Touch: $300

Not everyone needs a desktop PC at home, but there are many cases where they come in handy. Whether you want something for the kids to do homework on, or something basic to browse the web and keep up to date on what's happening in the world, this discount makes this machine hard to beat.

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Nest E Smart Thermostat: $99

Nest has been making smart thermostats for a few years now, and the Nest E is the company's most affordable option on a regular day. Both the Nest E and Nest 3rd-gen will be discounted this holiday shopping season, but at $99 its hard to pass the Nest E up.

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Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart Bundle: $300

The Nintendo Switch continues to be one of the hottest selling consoles, and who doesn't love them some Mario Kart? Odds are you're going to buy both of these items anyway, so why not buy them both at the same time and basically get the game for free.

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Your favorite tech deal?

Do you have your eye on a tech deal that's not listed above? If so, be sure to drop a comment and let us know what you're interested in and why Black Friday is the best time to buy it!

BlackBerry announces agreement to acquire Cylance for $1.4B

Following earlier rumors of the plans, BlackBerry has now announced they have entered into an agreement to acquire Cylance for US $1.4 billion in cash plus unvested employee incentive awards.

"Cylance's leadership in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will immediately complement our entire portfolio, UEM, and QNX in particular. We are very excited to onboard their team and leverage our newly combined expertise," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "We believe adding Cylance's capabilities to our trusted advantages in privacy, secure mobility, and embedded systems will make BlackBerry Spark indispensable to realizing the Enterprise of Things."

The deal, pending approval, is expected to close before to the end of BlackBerry's current fiscal year in February 2019. Speaking on the announcement, Stuart McClure, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Cylance noted:

"Our highly skilled cybersecurity workforce and market leadership in next-generation endpoint solutions will be a perfect fit within BlackBerry where our customers, teams and technologies will gain immediate benefits from BlackBerry's global reach. We are eager to leverage BlackBerry's mobility and security strengths to adapt our advanced AI technology to deliver a single platform."

BlackBerry is holding an investor call on November 16 at 8:30 a.m. ET and those interested in tuning in can do so by dialing into (855) 859-2056 and entering Conference ID #228458. BlackBerry also noted, they fully expect 'Cylance will operate as a separate business unit within BlackBerry Limited' once the deal is approved and closed.

BlackBerry to Acquire Cylance and Add Premier AI and Cybersecurity Capabilities

  • Next-Generation Machine Learning to Complement Entire BlackBerry Technology Portfolio
  • Integrated BlackBerry Solutions to be First to Intelligently Protect Fixed and Mobile Endpoints
  • Embeddable AI Technology to Accelerate Development of BlackBerry Spark EoT Platform

WATERLOO, Ont. and IRVINE, Calif. – November 16, 2018 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to wholly acquire Cylance, an artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leader, for US $1.4 billion in cash, plus the assumption of unvested employee incentive awards. Pending regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, the deal is expected to close prior to the end of BlackBerry's current fiscal year (February 2019).

"Cylance's leadership in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will immediately complement our entire portfolio, UEM, and QNX in particular. We are very excited to onboard their team and leverage our newly combined expertise," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "We believe adding Cylance's capabilities to our trusted advantages in privacy, secure mobility, and embedded systems will make BlackBerry Spark indispensable to realizing the Enterprise of Things."

According to Gartner in its most recent Internet of Things Backbone Survey: security was cited as the top barrier to IoT success (35%), with privacy concerns (25%), and potential risks and liabilities (25%) also in the top five.

Cylance is a pioneer in applying artificial intelligence, algorithmic science, and machine learning to cybersecurity software that has proven highly effective at predicting and preventing known and unknown threats to fixed endpoints. The fast-growing company has become a market leader with an advanced and lightweight agent that resides on the endpoint, operates both online and off, and requires a minimum of memory and power to function. Founded in 2012, Cylance generates highly recurring revenue from over 3,500 active enterprise customers, including more than 20% of the Fortune 500.

"Our highly skilled cybersecurity workforce and market leadership in next-generation endpoint solutions will be a perfect fit within BlackBerry where our customers, teams and technologies will gain immediate benefits from BlackBerry's global reach," said Stuart McClure, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Cylance. "We are eager to leverage BlackBerry's mobility and security strengths to adapt our advanced AI technology to deliver a single platform."

BlackBerry Spark Platform

BlackBerry Spark is a next-generation secure chip-to-edge communications platform for the EoT that will create and leverage trusted connections between any endpoint. Designed for ultra-security and industry-specific safety-certifications, such as ISO 26262 in automobiles, BlackBerry Spark will leverage the company's deep portfolio of technology that includes FIPS-validated, app-level, AES 256-bit encryption to ensure data is always protected. BlackBerry Spark enables organizations to comply with stringent multi-national regulatory requirements. In fact, BlackBerry is the only EoT platform provider to achieve Common Criteria EAL4+ for both iOS and Android, offering the highest level of security in the market.

BlackBerry expects that after the anticipated close of the transaction, Cylance will operate as a separate business unit within BlackBerry Limited.

Investor conference call details

BlackBerry will host an investor conference call beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET, Friday, November 16, 2018. The call can be accessed by dialing (866) 393-4306 and providing Conference ID #2284588, or live streamed on the company's website at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html.

A replay of the call will be available on November 16, 2018 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and entering Conference ID #2284588. Additional details on the acquisition and the two companies can be found at BlackBerry.com/Investors.

Perella Weinberg Partners LP acted as exclusive financial advisor and Morrison Foerster LLP acted as legal advisor to BlackBerry. Cylance was advised on the transaction by Morgan Stanley and Jones Day.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) enables the Enterprise of Things by providing the technology that allows endpoints to trust one another, communicate securely, and maintain privacy. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates globally. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com and follow

About Cylance

Cylance develops artificial intelligence to deliver prevention-first, predictive security products and smart, simple, secure solutions that change how organizations approach endpoint security. Cylance provides full spectrum predictive threat prevention and visibility across the enterprise to combat the most notorious and advanced cybersecurity attacks. With AI-based malware prevention, threat hunting, automated detection and response, and expert security services, Cylance protects the endpoint without increasing staff workload or costs. We call it the Science of Safe. Learn more at www.cylance.com.

Want to attend HustleCon East in Brooklyn on December 6th? We've got three tickets to give away!

Are you a passionate person living in the greater New York City area looking for an opportunity to connect with inspiring business leaders? If you are, I want to hear from you. On December 6th, I will be attending HustleCon East, which is taking place at the Brooklyn Expo Center and the folks at BlackBerry Mobile have hooked me up with three extra tickets to give way.

Where to buy the BlackBerry KEY2 LE

This article was updated on December 5, 2018 to add new retailers and color variants.

Not sure where you can buy a BlackBerry KEY2 LE right now? We've got you covered!

With the BlackBerry KEY2 LE now announced and rolling out, we've started gathering up a list of retailers around the world who are selling or will be selling the latest BlackBerry smartphone. If you're looking to pick up a KEY2 LE of your own in your area, be sure to check this list often as we'll be updating it frequently with new retailers, and carriers as they get announced!

Jumpstart your IT career with this certification bundle for $59!

Getting started in the IT field can be difficult at the beginning. There is so much that you should know, so many certifications that you will want to have, and it can get quite expensive in a short amount of time. You could spend lots of money and time to learn the basics and get started, or you could do it in your free time at an affordable price.

For just $59 you can get started with this bundle that offers all the information you need to get a bunch of certifications under your belt. Many spend that $59 each month on things like coffee, fast food, and other frivolous stuff, so why not put it towards getting these five certifications?

With this bundle you can train for these certificates:

  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP-003) covers the technical knowledge and skills required to conceptualize, design, and engineer secure solutions across complex enterprise environments
  • CompTIA Cyber Security Analyst (CSA+) is a valuable certification focusing on the knowledge and skills required to configure and use threat-detection tools, perform data analysis, and interpret the results to secure an organization's applications and systems
  • CompTIA Pentest+ gives you valuable experience in network and system penetration testing

Normally priced at over $297, this huge 80% savings is something you won't want to pass up. You'll have the materials you need to get tons of certifications and jump start your IT career. The information can be accessed online or on your phone, and it will be available for 12 months.

If you are seriously considering a change in careers, you'll want to grab this bundle at just $59 instead of its regular $297 price tag.

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Amazon's 'Seven Days of Black Friday Deals' promo to offer thousands of deals each day

Here we go!

Amazon has finally announced its Black Friday plans with a "Seven Days of Black Friday Deals" promotion that includes more than 50 deals of the day and thousands of deals across every department. Starting tomorrow, November 16, through Black Friday (November 23), Amazon will have discounts on popular electronics, toys, fashion gear, beauty items, kitchen gadgets, home accessories, and more.

There are already a bunch of deals that you can take advantage of today. Be sure to check these out today!

Some of the deals which will be available include:

Amazon Devices

Electronics

Toys

Fashion

Household and Home Furnishings

Smart Home

Gaming

Audible, Music, & Books

Pets

Sports & Outdoors

Automotive

Small and Medium-sized Businesses on Amazon Handmade, Amazon Exclusives and Amazon Launchpad

  • Save over 50% on Ongaro Beauty Organic Neck & Décolleté Cream
  • Save over 30% on The Gentlemen's Beard Premium Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner & Softener
  • Save over 20% on GoPets Premium Cat Scratcher
  • Save over 20% on REVEAL Portable Wireless Bluetooth Bamboo Speaker & Phone Charger
  • Save up to 20% on Two Tumbleweeds Foodie & Mixology Dice
  • Save 20% on Cupology Mugs
  • Save 20% on Little Bee of Connecticut Handmade Décor
  • Save up to 30% on select party games for grown-ups including Exploding Kittens

Whole Foods Market

  • Through November 22, customers will be able to purchase select organic ($3.49/lb) and no antibiotic ($2.49/lb) turkeys, and Prime members will save even more on turkeys ($2.99/lb organic/$1.99/lb no antibiotic). Customers can reserve their turkeys in advance at wholefoodsmarket.com. Prime members who place their orders in advance online will be eligible for the lower prices on turkeys.
  • Through November 22, customers who are not yet Prime members can receive $20 off their next Whole Foods Market in-store purchase of $20 or more when they sign up for Prime at amazon.com/PrimeSavings. New members can try Prime free for 30 days, full promotion details are at amazon.com/PrimeSavings.

BlackBerry Hub Suite beta apps updated with bug fixes across the board

If you're living that beta life and were hoping for a fresh batch of BlackBerry Hub Suite beta apps to be released today, you're in luck! The BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes have all been updated with bug fixes across the board. Here are the highlights!

Pandora now offers podcasts powered by the Podcast Genome Project

Sign up for early access right now.

When you think of consuming podcasts, Pandora might not be at the top of your list of spots to find them, but they're looking to change that with the announcement of their podcast offerings. Starting today, Pandora has opened the doors to select mobile beta testers for their podcast service.

Facebook Messenger's huge redesign now rolling out to more users

Back on October 23, Facebook announced Messenger 4 which introduced a new, and supposedly simpler Facebook Messenger experience with a new design and features. At the time, Facebook noted it would be rolling out globally in the coming weeks, and now, it seems as though the server side change has hit more users, though without some of the noted changes.

To make it easier to find the features you care about, the new Messenger will have three tabs instead of nine. Your conversations — both one-to-one and groups — are front and center in the Chats tab. For hundreds of millions of people every day who share pictures and videos, Messenger 4 will have visual communication features like Camera at the top so you can easily capture and share your selfies. Once you tap into Messenger 4's People tab, you can find friends, catch up on people's Stories, and see everyone who is active right now. Then you have the Discover tab, where you can connect with businesses to get the latest deals, play Instant Games, book your next vacation, follow the news and more.

The redesign certainly looks simpler and easier to navigate, and they've cleaned up or at the very least buried some of the junk that made the app feel bloated, but the noted Dark Mode is nowhere to be found on the Android version right now, so you're left with the blindingly white UI.

Given Facebook Messenger is one of the apps I use a lot, I'm glad to finally see it get a redesign and while I don't love it right now, it does seem improved over the previous version. I just really need that dark mode because that all white UI is evil.

Have you got the update yet? If so, drop your thoughts on the redesign in the comments. If you don't have it yet, hang tight. It will come eventually, but you'll have to wait for it as it doesn't come as an app update.

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The big shopping event is right around the corner.

Don't panic, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not all that far away, and it's time to start getting prepared. We've already started to see some big retailers release ads and begin some deals early, and the team at Thrifter (the one who powers all the great deals you see on CrackBerry) will be covering all of it. These big events can be a bit daunting, everything appears to be on sale and all the retailers are trying to lure you into the store to buy stuff that you may not necessarily need.

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Tasker will lose SMS and call functionality in January 2019

Seems Tasker is safe here. Google recently updated its support page with a list of exceptions for apps that can use SMS and call log permissions, and one of the listed exceptions is "Task automation." In other words, Tasker is in the clear to keep on using those permissions for the foreseeable future.

If you've been using Tasker, one of Android's most popular automation apps, for anything relating to SMS or phone calls on your device, prepare yourself. With Google getting more strict about how apps can access SMS and phone permissions come January 2019, Tasker will lose those options.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE arrives in Hong Kong starting November 15

BlackBerry Mobile recently celebrated the launch of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE in Hong Kong, and come November 15 the latest in the KEY series will go on sale at 1O1O CSL stores and retailers. The dual-SIM 64GB variant will be available at the suggested retail price of HK$3,888.

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