New Blackberry phone ditches iconic keyboard

Monday, 09 Oct, 2017

Chinese smartphone maker TCL has announced the launch of BlackBerry Motion smartphone. This time around, TCL brought along an all-screen handset instead of equipping the BlackBerry Motion with the physical keyboard many people love.

BlackBerry Motion will be made available only in the Gulf and Middle East countries first before being sold elsewhere and there is no clarity yet on when the other markets will get to see the device. It sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with DragonTrail Glass protection and a physical home button below the display. The device comes with a Snapdragon 625 chipset which is supported by 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded using an additional MicroSD card of up to 2TB. There is a 12-megapixel rear shooter and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Under the 5.5-inch screen is a 4,000mAh battery.

Apart from its hardware features, the Motion will, of course, boast BlackBerry's acclaimed security software with a focus on user privacy. It runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box and is mentioned to receive the Android Oreo update in early 2018. Power users will be glad to learn that the Motion is equipped with a large 4000mAh capacity battery that supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 standard.

The BlackBerry Motion also features a range of security suites that smartphones from the iconic Canadian company have grown known for.

On paper, the BlackBerry Motion that's also manufactured by TCL is quite similar in specs to the BlackBerry KEYone.

BlackBerry once dominated the smartphone market but its luster faded after the introduction in 2007 of the Apple iPhone and the large number of low-priced Android devices that followed.

As of now, there is no official word on when the company will be release BlackBerry Motion in global markets. In the United States of America, the smartphone has been priced at Dh1,699 while in Saudi Arabia it will retail for 1,699 Riyal.