BlackBerry Motion debuts: Full-screen display & water-resistant, snubs keyboard

BlackBerry Motion

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.

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.

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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.

BlackBerry Motion
Credit: BBMotion Twitter

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?

Source: CrackBerry, BBMobile

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