At GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, TCL unveiled the BlackBerry Motion. It has a 5.5in touchscreen, a Snapdragon 625 processor and a notably large 4,000mAh battery.
The phone is not dissimilar to the KeyOne, TCL’s last BlackBerry that sported a physical keyboard underneath its touchscreen. The Motion attempts to continue the touchscreen legacy of the DTEK50 and DTEK60 of 2016 and reassert the BlackBerry brand in the Android space.
When is it coming out?
At present, TCL has only confirmed the Motion’s release in the Middle East, hence its announcement in Dubai. It’ll go on sale in the region later in October 2017.
The company’s releases can be slow to make it to other countries but the KeyOne is pretty much global now. Other handsets with the BB brand from TCL have been India-only though, so the US and UK may never see the Motion officially released.
We asked BlackBerry Mobile for more details, and it said the phone will be coming to more markets, but did not state which.
How much will it cost?
With no UK release date, there is no UK price but the Motion is priced in the Middle East at AED 1,699 and SAR 1,699. At the time of writing this is roughly £350, significantly less than the UK RRP of £499 for the BlackBerry KeyOne.
BlackBerry Motion features and specifications
The BlackBerry Motion eschews the physical keyboard in favour of a 5.5in IPS LCD touchscreen. It’s also the first BB branded phone ever to feature IP67 water and dust resistance, a welcome feature in a £350 phone.
Its design recalls the older, BB10 running Z10 more than it does TCL’s DTEK phones.
There is also a 4,000mAh battery on board to keep the Snapdragon 625 ticking over. The KeyOne had the same chip with a 3,505mAh battery and lasted for an exceptionally long time in comparison to most other Android handsets.
Expect the Motion to last at least two days on a single charge. You can recharge it easily too with Quick Charge 3.0.
It will ship with Android Nougat 7.1 and will feature BlackBerry’s pleasingly decent skin, which doesn’t change much but adds the BlackBerry software suite with the universal inbox app Hub and useful features like icon widgets.
As ever, TCL is keen to push BlackBerry’s security legacy and indeed we found the KeyOne to receive security patches very fast and second only to the Google Pixel.