BlackBerry motion has a 5.5 inch full HD (high definition) display and resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. There is a physical home button just below the display.
Chinese phone-maker TCL Communications announced the launch of its all-touchscreen BlackBerry Motion smartphone at the Technology Week conference in Dubai.
TCL had inked an agreement last year to use the BlackBerry brand name for its new smartphones. BlackBerry Motion is the second model under this brand-licensing deal and is not hugely different from its predecessor, KEYOne, launched earlier this year. When this was launched, BlackBerry had mentioned that described the device as “a distinctly different smartphone that re-imagines how you communicate.”
Although the iconic brand name has been used, BlackBerry Motion is essentially a mid-range phone that runs on Google’s Android operating system, specifically the Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
This highly-anticipated phone has a 5.5 inch full HD (high definition) display and resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. There is a physical home button just below the display.
What this full-touchscreen does not have is BlackBerry’s classic qwerty keypad, which underlined the Canadian company’s success for several years. Even the predecessor, KEYOne, came with the trademark keyboard.
Safe and Secure
The screen has a fingerprint sensor and the device is loaded with the complete suite of BlackBerry’s security apps. These include the DTEK security suite and FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption. Moreover, BlackBerry Motion comes with Android For Work features, which allows you to configure the device for enterprise level collaboration and safety features. TCL has been eyeing the enterprise market, exhibiting the grit to take on the likes of Apple and Samsung.
The display has DragonTrail Glass protection and the phone is water and dust resistant, with an IP67 rating.
BlackBerry Motion is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC processor. It has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 2 TB by using a micro SD card.
The device has a relatively large battery, which is one of its main attractions. TCL indicated that the battery, at 4000mAh, would keep the phone working for more than 32 hours of mixed use. The battery is non-removable and the phone is compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.
BlackBerry Motion sports a 12 MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash and capacity to record videos in 4K at 30fps. The front camera is 8 MP with selfie flash feature.
BlackBerry Motion is a dual SIM smartphone and offers the USB Type C port. TCL mentioned that the latest device has a “Smart Convenience Key,” which allows customers to instantly access apps and functions that were most often used.
BlackBerry Motion has been launched in Saudi Arabia and UAE, among some other Middle Eastern countries. The device is available for preorder in these nations. The company has not indicated any plans or schedules so far to launch the phone in other countries.
TCL’s latest smartphone is expected to be priced at around $460, which is marginally over ₹30,000. In comparison, KEYOne was launched at a price of $549 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.