BlackBerry unveils first water-resistant phone

Posted October 10, 2017

The Motion - formerly known as the "Krypton" - is TCL's latest BlackBerry gadget since acquiring the early noughties smartphone giant.

BlackBerry KEYone vs BlackBerry Motion.

The most striking thing about the design is the lack of the physical keyboard most associated with brand's smartphones. One of the main highlights of the TCL made BlackBerry is its 4,000 mAh battery.

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BlackBerry's newest handset has a 4,000mAh battery, compared to smaller capacities on larger screen devices such as the Note 8, which has a 3,300mAh cell powering a 6.3-inch screen. "Over at the front, it gets a 5.5" Full HD IPS display with DragonTrail Glass on top.

The device is powered by 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

Optics wise, the smartphone has a 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash.

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Motion will run "hardened" Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box with "signature BlackBerry experiences" such as BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, DTEK and Boost charging. The company has priced the device at Dh 1,699 in UAE and 1,699 Riyal in Saudi Arabia where the device will first go on sale. The sleek-looking device also brings some durability to the table with IP67-level dust and water resistance, and a scratch-resistant display panel.

Like other BlackBerry handsets, Chinese firm TCL manufactures the Motion. BlackBerry has equipped the Motion with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

A well-respected leaker has posted a photo of what he calls the "BlackBerry Motion" smartphone. There's also a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button which makes it easier to unlock or to confirm purchases from your phone. That means all the great apps and features of the Google operating system but with the guarantee of BlackBerry level security apps throughout.

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