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As a part of the GITEX Technology Week, TCL has surprisingly unveiled their next Android iteration called the BlackBerry Motion, a new mid-range smartphone that marks as the very first BlackBerry device to feature IP68 water resistance and Dual-SIM functionality to release in the Middle East.
"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," said Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile. "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."
"Once again TCL Communication has delivered on their promise, to produce a true BlackBerry device that will meet and exceed expectations," said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. "We're confident that customers, who are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of security and productivity on their smartphones, are going to enjoy the new BlackBerry Motion."
Unlike the keyboard-equipped BlackBerry KEYone that happened to receive positive results in sales, the new BlackBerry Motion features a 5.5-inch all-screen display with Full HD resolution. And to resist accidental scratches, the display also features anti-scratch protection. While the processor used is not yet confirmed, it’s said to be one of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chips with 4GB RAM. However, the device runs on Android 7.1 Nougat OS for now and there is no word if the device will get Android 8.0 Oreo. It’s worth noting that the BlackBerry KEYone is confirmed to receive the new update so there is a good chance that the BlackBerry Motion might get it as well in the near future. The Motion comes preinstalled with all of the BlackBerry security enhancements and apps, including the DTEK, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar and more.
The new smartphone also packs a large 4000 mAh battery onboard with support for Quick Charge 3.0. TCL also integrated a fingerprint scanner on the bottom front side that also operates as the home button. The button resembles the ones used on the classic BlackBerry smartphone models released in the past. While we would love to talk more about the device, there are still a lot of specifications that need to be officially confirmed. The missing specs include the CPU model, the front/rear camera, video recording capabilities, storage, Micro SD expansion and more.
Although, we can only guess that the device will probably be powered by the Snapdragon 625 CPU. We will update this post for more details once TCL declares the official specifications. The BlackBerry Motion is confirmed to release in the UAE later this year and is priced at AED 1699.
UPDATE: It's now confirmed that the processor used is the Snapdragon 625 chip, along with 32GB of internal storage and MicroSD card expansion. The front camera features an 8MP image sensor with an aperture of F2.2 and the main camera holds a 12MP shooter with phase detection AF, along with HDR and 4K 30fps video capabilities. The dimensions of the BlackBerry Motion is 155.7mm x 75.4mm x 8.13mm, however, the weight of the device is yet to be announced.