BlackBerry Motion smartphone with full touch screen launched

Posted October 09, 2017

The DTEK50 and DTEK60 phones, built by TCL and based on previous Alcatel designs, already launched a year ago.

But the Motion is likely not here to set design trends; it's a business phone and with its black/gunmetal color combo and the "soft-grip" textured back, with a large BlackBerry logo, it definitely looks the part.

Some more interesting capabilities are showing up about this new phone as well. It will also have a 4,000 mAh battery. TCL has also gone about obtaining the IP67 certification for this new BlackBerry, probably the first one in this brand to have that distinction.

The dual-SIM BlackBerry Motion sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) IPS display with DragonTrail Glass protection. It is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage.

Optics wise, the smartphone has a 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. The smartphone will be initially available for sale in select markets including UAE and Saudi Arabia for a price of $460. There's now no word on a launch in other markets, including India. However, a new report coming from a reliable source suggests BlackBerry Motion will be launched in the United States.

Earlier there were rumours surrounding a BlackBerry Android smartphone called the Krypton.

Special features of the BlackBerry Motion include a Smart Convenience Key so you can quickly access a particular app or function. The devices should get the latest Android 8.0 Oreo sometime in 2018, although the exact timeframe of rollout is still unclear. Connectivity-wise, nothing changed. The BlackBerry Motion still didn't upgrade to Bluetooth 5.2 and rocks the same Bluetooth 4.2 we've seen in previous models. The Blackberry Motion will first go on sale in the Middle East. With an initial retail value of $460 United States dollars.