First Touchscreen Smartphone from BlackBerry, After TCL’s Partnership

BlackBerry Motion Smartphone
Photo from BlackBerry

Back in 2016, BlackBerry signed a deal about licensing its phone brand to TCL, which BlackBerry will no longer design/manufacture/sell any phones. It will only focus on its software and services. Therefore, basically every phone you see with BlackBerry’s name on after 2016 is coming from TCL. We saw the BlackBerry KEYone coming out not too long ago. Now, the first all-touchscreen smartphone, after the BlackBerry-TCL agreement, is launched at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, called BlackBerry Motion.

The BlackBerry Motion has a lot of similarity with its sibling, the KEYone. Gone is the old style, iconic physical QWERTY keyboard, replaced by the new 5.5-inch touchscreen display. The overall look of the Motion is almost identical to the KEYone, having the same textured outer shell and camera placement.

The Motion is not equipped with flagship hardware either. It gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It has a rather large 4000 mAh battery inside. The display is at 5.5 inches at a resolution of 1920×1080 and 16:9 aspect ratio. It will be targeted as a mid-range smartphone in the market.

Other features of the BlackBerry Motion:

  • IP67 rated water resistant
  • fingerprint sensor
  • 12-megapixel main camera, with f/2.0 aperture
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 7.1 with additional BlackBerry security software

The BlackBerry Motion will be available in Middle Eastern countries, such as UAE and Saudi Arabia. No information about when it will come to other areas. It is priced at the about $460 USD.

— BlackBerry Mobile (@BBMobile) October 8, 2017

Source from Android Central and BlackBerry.

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