The next phone TCL makes for BlackBerry will be the Motion, which is known internally as the Krypton. Images of the phone leaked a couple weeks ago but only revealed the Motion’s back. Now we have a press render from Evan Blass, the mobile industry insider at VentureBeat. This leak very clearly shows the front of the upcoming phone.
Here’s the press render from the tweet:
Hello, BlackBerry Motion pic.twitter.com/lBsdpORHW4
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 5, 2017
TCL and BlackBerry leaned on the latter’s history to push the KeyOne earlier this year. But, as 2018 approaches, TCL wants to get back on track by releasing hardware with more traditional designs. That means the Motion won’t have a physical keyboard. The phone will instead have an on-screen keyboard like pretty much every other phone on the market. TCL, however, seems to be keeping the industrial look and feel found on the more recent BlackBerry-branded devices.
A couple of things stand out in the leaked press render. First, apparently neither company cares about the industry trend in which bezels are being slimmed. The top bezel is noticeably thick, but the bottom bezel is downright massive. It’s a huge chin with a BlackBerry-stamped home button in the center. The edge of the glass, though, does have a slight curve to make the front a bit more attractive.
Rumored specifications for the Motion include a Full HD (1920×1080) display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 or 626 with 4GB of RAM, a 4000mAh battery, and IP67 certification.
The Motion shown here also exposes a USB-C port, headphone jack, and speaker grill on the bottom. Along the right side there’s a power button volume rocker, and action key. Those are all qualities being carried over from the KeyOne.
BlackBerry’s Motion made by TCL should be launched and released in October. It’s price is expected to be set at $499, which is slightly lower than what the KeyOne goes for. BlackBerry is still trying to find that sweet spot in pricing.