Chinese TV and Display manufacturer TCL signed an agreement with Canadian Tech Giant Blackberry couple of months back. According to the agreement, Blackberry will focus on the software while the hardware will be manufactured by TCL.
TCL specializes in the manufacturing of gadgets, TVs and displays.
Blackberry Motion With 4000 mAH Battery and Full Touch Display
The first ever product of this deal was Blackberry Keyone, the first ever Android smartphone by Blackberry.
The new Blackberry Motion was launched at the GITEX tech trade show held in Dubai. It is the first full display smartphone lacking the iconic blackberry keyboard.
The pre-orders for this device starts at USD 469 and will go on sale in UAE soon. There is no confirmation about India launch, though we can expect it to be priced over Rs. 30,000.
Hardware Specifications and Features : Blackberry Motion
Design – The Blackberry Motion comes with a premium build and is made from high quality aluminum. The rear panel is covered with a carbon fiber with a Blackberry logo on it. There is a large single camera present at the back and the front side has a home button which has the blackberry logo on it. A finger print sensor is also integrated into this home button.
On the bottom, a Type C port and a traditional 3.5 mm audio jack are included.
Display – The device flaunts a 5.5 inch FHD LCD display with 16:9 display and has bezels on all sides.
Apart from these, there is also a convenience key made available on the right side. This key can be set to do one specific function like bringing up camera or starting GPS etc.
Performance – Coming to the hardware, the device is powered by an Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Soc, clocked at 2.0 GHz. There is 4 GB RAM and a massive 4000 mAh battery.
OS – The device runs on Android V 7.1, Nougat out of the box.
Features – The Blackberry Motion also has an IP67 rating. This means the device can survive a water submersion at a depth of 1 meter for around 30 minutes.
Also, Blackberry claims that the display is covered with a nano diamond coating which allegedly offers 25% more protection than the usual Corning Gorilla Glass.
Apart from these, there are also the other Blackberry berry features like The Blackberry Hub, Blackberry Keyboard.
Locked Area – One more interesting feature is the locked area. You can hide snaps, docs and more in this area and protect with a passcode or any other Security Measure. For example, when you use the home button to shoot a photo, the image will directly be saved into the locked area. It is part of the advanced device security feature that blackberry is offering its users.
Camera – There is a 12 MP Rear Camera that is similar to that of the Blackberry Keyone. Since the software optimization is always great in Blackberry mobiles, the camera is expected to do good. Although, it should not be compared to the flagships like S8.
Although there is nothing much new being offered in the Blackberry Motion, the blackberry line up always stands out for the impeccable security and privacy. The brand value and nostalgia of Blackberry will definitely help them to sell some of these units.
But to state the obvious truth, smartphone market has changed and Blackberry or TCL need to accept the changed reality before it is too late….
Written By – Riyaz Roshan