It’s official: The BlackBerry KEYone has a followup.
BlackBerry Motion, launched Sunday at the GITEX event in Dubai, is a mid-range, 5.5-inch smartphone with no physical keyboard, a large 4,000mAh battery and IP67 water and dust resistance.
We’ve already seen what the phone looks like thanks to a leak last week, and yes, that bottom bezel actually is that huge.
But the Motion is likely not here to set design trends; it’s a business phone and with its black/gunmetal color combo and the “soft-grip” textured back, with a large BlackBerry logo, it definitely looks the part.
The Motion is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor and has 4GB of RAM, which isn’t on par with top flagships of today but is likely enough for most users’ needs. The screen has a full HD resolution, and the rear/front cameras are a 12-megapixel/8-megapixel combo.
The most interesting feature of the BlackBerry Motion is that beefy battery, which BlackBerry claims will offer more than 32 hours of mixed use. The phone also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, meaning you can get a 50 percent charge in “roughly 40 minutes.” And yes, the Motion comes with the good old 3.5mm headphone jack.
On the software front, the Motion will run Android 7.1 Nougat and come with BlackBerry’s standard security and privacy features as well as the company’s array of productivity apps. One new feature will be the Locker, which gives you the ability to protect some documents and photos with a PIN or fingerprint, bypassing any cloud storage.
The BlackBerry Motion will initially launch in a “limited” capacity, first in the UAE and Saudi Arabia with a price tag of roughly $463. There’s no word on availability in the U.S.