The BlackBerry Motion, which started appearing in leaks as the Krypton, is now official.
TCL and BlackBerry announced the phone at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai. It’s a lot like the KeyOne in terms of specifications, but the Motion doesn’t have a physical keyboard like its sibling. BlackBerry’s hardware manufacturer, TCL, is releasing the Motion for those who want a more traditional design.
Out with the old, in with the (somewhat) new. That should be the motto for the Motion’s design. There’s no full physical keyboard to be found. Instead, you get a full touchscreen, but neither TCL nor BlackBerry thought to slim down the bezels. The forehead and chin on the Motion are rather large. It is, however, a phone made aluminum with a carbon fiber back. So maybe the premium materials will make the large bezels and large branded home button irrelevant.
TCL also kept the Convenience Key on the right side of the phone to enable custom shortcuts.
Specifications that were rumored for the last few weeks have turned out to be accurate. The Motion features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS LCD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, a 4000mAh battery, a USB-C port, and a headphone jack.
Although it’s not Android 8.0 Oreo, the Motion does ship with Android 7.1 Nougat and the BlackBerry Hub just like the KeyOne. A software update for the latest version of Android should be expected to arrive in the next couple months. BlackBerry’s handling of the software on its TCL-made devices has been strong.
BlackBerry will bring the Motion to the Middle East first, which includes the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Then the phone will make its way over to North America and other regions. When the Motion is finally released in the United States, it should cost around $460. Additional details on global availability should come in the weeks and months ahead.