BlackBerry Motion launched as the touchscreen version of its KEYone smartphone

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 09 Oct 2017
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BlackBerry Motion is basically a KEYone without the physical QWERTY keyboard, the trademark feature of BlackBerry smartphones. The smartphone comes with beefy 4000mAh battery and IP67 certification.

BlackBerry Motion launched as the touchscreen version of its KEYone smartphone

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BlackBerry Motion, the smartphone initially codenamed Krypton has been officially announced at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai. The smartphone was leaked in the form of renders last week and it brings the features and specifications of KEYone to a touch-friendly design.

BlackBerry Motion is a mid-range smartphone made by TCL, BlackBerry's hardware partner and it ditches the physical QWERTY keyboard found on KEYone in favour of a full touchscreen form factor. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by Qualcomm's power-efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset. The Motion comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, further expandable up to 2TB via SD card slot. The BlackBerry Motion sports a 12MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. The main camera supports HDR and 4K video recording at 30 frames per second. There is an 8MP front camera for selfies with dedicated flash and support for 1080p video recording.

BlackBerry Motion and KEYone side by side (Source: BlackBerry Mobile/Twitter)

BlackBerry Motion runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with company's DTEK security suite, which offers FIPS 140-2 Full Disk Encryption and support for Android for Work and Google Play for Work. On the connectivity front, the Motion supports WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC, GPS and 4G LTE. The standout feature of the BlackBerry Motion is its beefy 4000mAh battery with USB-C port and Quick Charge 3.0 support. 

The BlackBerry Motion also supports IP67 water and dust resistance and features a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. It also includes a smart convenience key, which brings up apps and functions based on user location. The Motion will only be available in a couple of Middle Eastern markets at first. The smartphone is priced around $460 (around Rs 30,000) and will be available in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. There is no official word yet on its global availability.

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