BlackBerry has finally announced its latest smartphone. Called the Motion, it has a couple of firsts for the company as they continue to expand their Android phone lineup.
The BlackBerry Motion is the brand’s first water-resistant phone with an IP67 rating. The phone is full touch and doesn’t sport a physical keyboard, unlike its KEYOne sibling. Its 5.5-inch 1080p display is encased in an aluminum frame and with a soft-grip textured back. There’s also a customizable convenience key programmed as a shortcut to assigned actions.
Inside is a Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB of memory. While the camera is not always a high point for BlackBerry phones, the Motion has a proper 12-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.
It also has the largest battery in a BlackBerry smartphone to date with its 4000mAh capacity. It fuels up to 50 percent in just 40 minutes thanks to Quick Charge 3.0 through a USB-C charger.
Like recent BlackBerry devices, the Motion runs Android 7.0 Nougat with a promised update to Android 8.0 Oreo early next year. It comes pre-loaded with proprietary apps, which give the phone the fitting BlackBerry vibe.
The BlackBerry Motion will be available first in the Middle East starting with UAE for AED 1,699 (US$ 435) and in Saudi Arabia for SAR 1,699 (US$ 425). It’ll roll out in other select markets in the coming months.