Earlier this week STS Despatch has posted about the BlackBerry’s Motion, and now, without any other launch information – it goes official!
Officially unveiled today at GITEX in Dubai, the BlackBerry Motion has some firsts for BlackBerry – although it isn’t BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone, it is the brand’s first water-resistant phone with an IP67 rating.
It is also the first Android smartphone for BlackBerry that doesn’t sport a physical ‘QWERTY’ keyboard, unlike the KEYOne. It also has the largest battery for any BlackBerry smartphone with 4000mAh of juice, while employing that with Quick Charge 3.0 in order to charge 50% of it in just 40 minutes, via a USB-C charger.
Specs and Features
Display: 5.5-inch IPS LCD display @ 1920×1080 pixels, 403ppi, DragonTrail Glass, Nano-diamond anti-scratch coating
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core
GPU: Adreno 506
Storage: 32GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 2TB
Rear Camera: 12MP f/2.0, with PDAF and dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera: 8MP f/2.2
Connectivity and Sensors: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC, USB Type-C, GPS, GLONASS, Fingerprint scanner
Battery: 4000mAh non-removable (with Quick Charge 3.0)
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Dimensions: 155.7 x 75.4 x 8.13 mm
The specs aren’t actually for flagship level, considering it only has a Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB of memory. Its 5.5-inch 1080p display comes encased in an aluminum frame and with a soft-grip carbon-fiber like back. It also has a 12-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. A programmable convenience key as a shortcut to assigned actions is also present.
Pricing and Availability
The Motion will be available first on UAE for AED 1,699 ($435) / (~PhP22,185) and in Saudi Arabia for SAR 1,699 ($425) / (~PhP21,675). No word yet about availability in other markets or if it will reach Asia.