BlackBerry Motion Launched With a Touchscreen and no Keyboard

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The BlackBerry Motion is apparently a KEYone without the physical keyboard. We now have confirmation that the phone - previously codenamed "Krypton" - doesn't have the company's iconic physical keyboard. A 4,000mAh battery ensures a quite impressive battery life. There is also a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, which has BlackBerry logo engraved in it. On the front is a premium scratch-resistant LCD display of 5.5 inches which has a full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. It still runs on a popular Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood that's mated to 4GB of RAM and it comes with 32GB of onboard storage. There is a 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP front-facing camera onboard. The BlackBerry Motion is a mid-range dual-SIM Android 7.1.1 Nougat smartphone.

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The BlackBerry Motion will begin its life by launching in the Middle East for around $460 (£350) although a specific United Kingdom release date or price have not been mentioned yet. Additional markets will get the Motion later this year, although a full global launch is unlikely. It support's Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology to enable up to a 50 percent charge in about 40 minutes using a USB-C charger. For the first time on a Blackberry device, the Motion is IP67 rated for water and dust resistance. BlackBerry and TCL are aiming for a limited launch, which practically means, for now, the Middle East.

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The BlackBerry Motion is an all-touch smartphone created to "empower the most challenging, on-the-go lifestyle".

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Like other BlackBerry handsets, Chinese firm TCL manufactures the Motion. The design is quite dated too, however, those who opt for BlackBerry smartphone usually don't do it because of their looks, but for their security features.