BlackBerry does not waste time. The Canadian mobile maker debuts the BlackBerry Motion just a several days after the first images of the smartphone surfaced the net. Just as expected, the new device is a redesigned KEYone. But, quite disappointingly for the fans of the company’s traditional design, the phone comes with no keyboard. This deficiency is, however, compensated by the benefits of a giant battery and Android 7.1 Nougat.
BlackBerry has just launched a new Android phone that is nothing more than the full touch variant of the well-known KEYone introduced earlier this year.
The BlackBerry Motion was officially unveiled today at GITEX Technology Week conference held in Dubai. The announcement confirmed the speculations saying that the new offering will be full-touch smartphone manufactured by TCL. Deriving from the KEYone’s design the BlackBerry Motion is a premium-looking device dressed in a high-quality, water- and dust-resistant metal shell. But unlike the KEYone, the new phone isn’t offering the convenient input typical for the physical keyboard.
Housing a massive 5.5-inch 1920x1080p display, the phone is driven by a Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. Such processing parameters come as a guarantee of smooth performance of customized variant of Android 7.1 Nougat the handset runs out of box. Furthermore, the fact that the Motion works on Android platform gives the phone one serious advantage, namely its users can benefit from access to over a million apps on Google Play. As for optics, they are represented by a combination of 12MP primary Sony-made sensor and an 8MP front snapper in charge of selfies.
Furthermore, just as the KEYone the Motion deliver top-quality data security BlackBerry’s devices are known from. Except for a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the phone packs DTEK security monitoring app and is promised to receive best-in-class Android security updates. Last but definitely not least, the BlackBerry Motion is kept alive by a generous 4,000 mAh battery with quick charging support. Taking into account, the handset’s middling processor, the phone should last more than a day on a single charging.
Availability and pricing
Moving on to the BlackBerry Motion availability and pricing, don’t expect the phone to hit the States any time soon. In fact, the phone’s US release still requires official confirmation. At this point, the Motion is an offering targeting at Middle Eastern markets (including the UAE and Saudi Arabia), where it can be purchased at the equivalent of $450.
Even if the phone eventually hit the States, it would have to deal with harsh competition. The KEYone was considered too expensive for the specs at the day of its premiere, however its high price ticker could be explained by the presence of the rare these days physical keyboard. When it comes to the Motion, battery and security features can be the only features to point if you want to justify the device’s pricing. But don’t forget that there are plenty of full-touch phones in this price sector that deliver better performance, like for instance the OnePlus 5.