Blackberry Motion announced at GITEX Technology Week


It shares its DNA with the new BLackberry KEYOne smartphone that the company launched earlier this year.

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

The phone sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 625 chipset. The camera is positioned at the top and has one LED flash though which is different from the dual LED on the KEYone. Surprisingly, it is able to record 4K videos.

The new smartphone also packs a large 4000 mAh battery onboard with support for Quick Charge 3.0. In addition to being protected against the elements, TCL had claimed the handset will offer a robust build as well. On the side, the Convenience Key has been improved to support 3 different shortcut options in 4 different profiles: Home (triggered by WiFi network), vehicle (when connected to in-car Bluetooth), Office (based on your meetings calendar), and User (depending on which apps you frequently use). While BlackBerry itself did not have much input with regards to the product design and development, you do get the full suite of BlackBerry enterprise services on the device. There is "Smart Convenience Key" feature which would allow customers to instantly bring up apps and functions that they "most often" use based on where they are and what they are up to. The new Blackberry Motion interestingly comes with a physical home button below the display.

The Motion won't be the first all touchscreen Android BlackBerry. However, there is a physical home button on the front as well and the smartphone has a headphone jack port on the bottom. These photos will be password protected and it won't be uploaded to the cloud for greater security.

Motion will run "hardened" Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box with "signature BlackBerry experiences" such as BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, DTEK and Boost charging.

As for the availability of the mid-end device, the Motion will initially be available to a number of Middle Eastern markets during the first wave, with a retail price tag translate from around $450 to $470.

The handset is priced at Dh 1,699 in UAE and 1,699 Riyal in Saudi Arabia.