BlackBerry has officially unveiled its upcoming smartphone, the BlackBerry Motion at GITEX Technology Week.
Motion, unlike its predecessor, BlackBerry KEYone, will not come with a physical keyboard. 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 company has opted for a 5.5-inch FHD display panel which means that the device will use a virtual keyboard. According to the report by CrackBerry, the device will be powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 along with 4 GB RAM. The device will run on a massive 4,000 mAh battery with a USB 2.0 with Type-C reversible connector along which will support QuickCharge 3.0.
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 pointed out that ‘It will be upgraded to Android Oreo in the new year.’ apart from regular monthly security updates.
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The interesting thing to note here is that the device will come with IP67 rating for its resistance towards water and dust. Motion will pack a 12 MP camera module on the back with f/2.0 aperture and an 8 MP camera sensor on the front. The device will be ‘available in select markets’ starting UAE and Saudi Arabia with other markets later this quarter.
Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry added, ‘The launch of BlackBerry Motion allows us to further diversify our product offering, delivering new experiences while remaining steadfast with the privacy, reliability and productivity that have made BlackBerry so iconic over the years, While the initial launch of our newest BlackBerry smartphone will be limited, this is an exciting addition to our growing BlackBerry smartphone portfolio, setting a strong foundation for further portfolio and market growth in the years to come."