BlackBerry, ever since being acquired by TCL Communications have been releasing Android phones again, first the BlackBerry Priv, then the BlackBerry KEYOne. Only recently did a leaked render image of TCL & BlackBerry’s new mid-range BlackBerry Motion surface, courtesy of Evan Blass appear. BlackBerry have now announced the BlackBerry Motion officially at GITEX in Dubai. Being a full touchscreen device from BlackBerry, it’s a newer adventure for the company after the KEYOne and Priv. First things first, the device will be launching in the UAE and Saudi Arabia at a price of Dh1,699 and 1,699 Riyal respectively. This is around $460. The device will come to other selected markets in the coming months.
The device will be rocking a Snapdragon 625, with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 4GB RAM, a 4000 mAh battery and USB Type C. With the largest battery that BlackBerry has ever put in a phone comes QuickCharge 3.0, meaning the device will charge to 50% in roughly 40 minutes. If that massive battery coupled with the extremely power efficient SoC does not have you excited yet, it also comes with a 3.5mm jack so that you can listen to your music through, well, normal means. What’s more, a few pictures have already been released of the device, both from leaked renders and the official BlackBerry Mobile Twitter. The device is also protected by an IP67 rating for dust and water, meaning full dust protection and up to half an hour up to 1-meter water submersion. An update to Android Oreo is promised in the New Year, and monthly security updates are promised. It is, however, odd that BlackBerry are launching a device with an already year old SoC, but hopefully, it will not impact the ability for BlackBerry to provide software updates.
The device also features a multitude of BlackBerry-only features, including a suite of security services which the company has come to be known for over the years.
New Features with the BlackBerry Motion
Locker Mode – A BlackBerry Motion Exclusive Feature
The device will be launching with a brand new feature called Locker Mode, for enhanced security and peace of mind. Locker mode allows you to store documents and photos to a location on your device which can only be shown with a passcode or fingerprint. Photos can be taken and saved directly to this folder.
Convenience Key on the BlackBerry Motion
The convenience key is an interesting new development by BlackBerry for this device. A customisable button on the side of the phone, it can have four customisable profiles which can be triggered by certain events. These include connecting to certain Wi-Fi networks, in-car Bluetooth, meetings synced to BlackBerry Hub or commonly used apps.
Dual SIM Cards
This device is the first BlackBerry phone to support dual SIM cards in the middle east, and only the second BlackBerry device to support it at all. This is convenient for those in markets which may require two SIM cards, which the middle eastern market is.
Availability of the BlackBerry Motion
The product will be distributed by Axiom Telecom in the Middle East, and also be available from Etisalat. It can also be pre-ordered from all leading retailers.
This product looks great, with a massive battery coupled with an efficient but powerful SoC, it may be worth attempting to import if band support allows it. We’ll be keeping an eye out for a worldwide release!
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