It’s looking like BlackBerry might be back on track again after a fairly successful launch of the BlackBerry KEYone. TCL Communications and BlackBerry unveiled the upcoming 5.5-inch fullscreen, IP67 rated BlackBerry Motion at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai.
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Unlike the KEYone which featured a physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Motion features a 5.5-inch FullHD display, a huge 4,000mAh battery for 32+ hours of mixed use, IP67 dust and water resistance rating, and 4GB of RAM. The device will be powered by the same Snapdragon 625 SoC as the KEYone and also comes with a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. Shipping with Android 7.1, it will be upgraded to Android Oreo in the new year.
“Once again TCL Communication has delivered on their promise, to produce a true BlackBerry device that will meet and exceed expectations,” said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. “We’re confident that customers, who are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of security and productivity on their smart phones, are going to enjoy the new BlackBerry Motion.”
In addition, the Motion will have key BlackBerry features like the BlackBerry Convenience Key, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, DTEK by BlackBerry, and BlackBerry Boost charging. A new feature is being added as well: Personal Locker. Locker provides consumers with an internal storage area that cannot be accessed without a fingerprint or PIN code and allows for local saving of images and documents without automatic cloud backup.
Why Dubai? Turns out the dual-SIM BlackBerry Motion will initially be available in the UAE and KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) on the Axiom Telecom network. The device is set to launch in other “select markets” later this quarter.
“The launch of BlackBerry Motion allows us to further diversify our product offering, delivering new experiences while remaining steadfast with the privacy, reliability and productivity that have made BlackBerry so iconic over the years,” said Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile. “While the initial launch of our newest BlackBerry smartphone will be limited, this is an exciting addition to our growing BlackBerry smartphone portfolio, setting a strong foundation for further portfolio and market growth in the years to come.”