Blackberry launches its first phone without a keyboard

The rear of the Motion compared to the Key One below

The rear of the Motion compared to the Key One below

Last week we saw a photo of the new BlackBerry Motion smartphone, the handset was previously known as the Krypton.

It was only a few days ago when reliable leaker Even Blass tweeted out images of the BlackBerry Motion, which resembles this year's BB KEYone, only without an important feature. The phone is "KEYone" - with no keyboard - along with many other interesting features. BlackBerry says users can expect at least 32 hours of mixed use from the Motion's 4,000 mAh battery.

Blackberry is yet to confirm the name of the device, but in August, Francois Mahieu, head of global sales at TCL, said that a new device would launch this month. With a 5.5-inch screen, the Motion packs a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels inside it. It offers a 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash, and up front, we get an 8MP selfie camera for selfies and video calls. The smartphone is pre-installed with Android 7.1 Nougat and will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo in the next year.

Blackberry motion will be available in Middle Easter markets like UAE and Saudi Arabia first for $460 around ₹30,000. The smartphone will be carried by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, and a dual-SIM version will be available in select markets (including China). There is 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage that can be further expandable via a MicroSD card slot. With 40 minutes of charge, the battery can charge up to 50%. The Motion features a fingerprint sensor on the front, embedded in the Home button.

BlackBerry has officially unveiled its upcoming smartphone, the BlackBerry Motion at GITEX Technology Week. Their much vaunted DTEK by BlackBerry security software will also be present on the phone. And yes, the TCL Convenience Key is here, which can be customised by the user to launch any app they need.

The Blackberry Motion is the first Blackberry device to feature water and dust resistant properties.

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