TCL has done a decent job with the BlackBerry brand thus far, launching the capable (yet pricey) KeyOne earlier this year. The BlackBerry Motion is the second phone built by TCL for BlackBerry through a licensing agreement, the first one being the KeyOne. Out of the box, the device runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The home button also has a fingerprint sensor embedded into it.
The enw smartphone also comes with a slew of security suites that BlackBerry is known for. With the Locker, the user can save the documents and photos to a protected internal storage.
Like its previous models, the Motion gets a Smart Convenience Key which can be used to launch your favourite apps and functions.
The launch confirms that the BlackBerry logo at the bottom of the front panel will double up as the home button. That keyboard-free front means you get a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display. The phone packs a 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU.
BlackBerry Motion features a water-resistant body with IP67 ratings. The smartphone will be carried by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, and a dual-SIM version will be available in select markets (including China).
The BlackBerry Motion, which was initially rumored to be called the "Krypton" rocks a 12MP f/2.0 rear camera with a dual LED flash. The selfie cam is an 8 megapixel f/2.2 shooter.
It also comes backed by a 4,000mAh which is mentioned to give up to 32 hours of mixed usage.
Also in the offering are a considerably larger 4000mAh non-removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone will first debut in the Middle East - UAE and Saudi Arabia with a price tag that will be around $460. Expanded availability in other markets will be revealed in the coming weeks, according to TCL.
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