BlackBerry returns with a mid-range touchscreen smartphone

May be pressed by the leaks of recent days, BlackBerry has made a decision to take the lead yesterday, by speeding up the presentation of its last-born, the Motion, known previously under the name of Krypton.

All-in-all, the Motion looks very similar to the BlackBerry KEYone in terms of design.

BlackBerry says there are several interesting unique features as well. The new handset is another BlackBerry that does away with the traditional keyboard, but keeps the new features of the KeyOne - and adds a few more.

The handset comes with a physical home button below the display panel is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 SoC processor paired with 4GB of RAM speed. It runs BlackBerry's secure OS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.

The Motion is getting a limited release and will only launch in Middle Eastern markets first, priced at the equivalent of around $460.

Expected to have a battery life of up to 26 hours, it is pretty evident that the Motion can easily manage a day without the need of charging it, reported Engadget.

TCL and BlackBerry are only bringing the Motion to a handful of markets at first, with other markets following this quarter.

This means the phone can go from zero battery to 50 per cent charge in just 36 minutes.

There's no word on which version of Android the handset will launch with, but it will contain all the BlackBerry apps including Blackberry Hub and BlackBerry Calendar you've grown to love.

Plus, like all BlackBerry smartphones, the Motion device has some security features too such as the Locker. That aside, it has an 8MP front camera for selfies.

There's also a 12-megapixel camera on the rear which uses the Sony IMX378 camera sensor. The phone also features an IP67 certification, which makes water resistant and dust resistant.

  • Kara Saunders