At GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, TCL unveiled its latest all-touchscreen smartphone—the BlackBerry Motion. Looking a lot like the KEYOne, it comes with a 5.5-inch full-touchscreen display, a huge 4,000mAh battery and for the first time, water-resistance. One key (pun intended) element missing though, is the physical keyboard.
The BlackBerry Motion is a mid-range device, packing a Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Storage is paltry by today’s standards, but you can upgrade further microSD (up to 2TB).
It rocks a 5.5-inch Full HD display, which is almost a “Full View” but still retains a fingerprint sensor on the front.
In the camera department, it features a 12MP f/2.0 main shooter with PDAF and dual-tone LED flash. For selfies, it sports an 8MP f/2.2 front camera with LED flash.
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The Motion marks the first time ever a BlackBerry device has water-resistance out of the box—to IP67 certification.
The dual-SIM device packs a whopping 4,000mAh battery and with the frugal Snapdragon chip, should give you plenty of juice to last your through the day. It charges up via USB Type-C and supports Quick Charge 3.0.
It runs Android 7.1 Nougat with built-in BlackBerry security and a slew of BlackBerry apps including BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, DTEK and more. BlackBerry says the Motion will receive Android Oreo in the new year.
Pricing and availability
The BlackBerry Motion will only be available in Middle Eastern markets (UAE, Saudi Arabia) for now, retailing for around USD460 (MYR1,947). Pre-orders are open now in the UAE and KSA. Let’s hope TCL brings this mid-ranger to the Malaysian market.
Any BlackBerry fans out there? What do you think of the BlackBerry Motion?