Meet the BlackBerry Motion (Krypton), possibly the first water-resistant BlackBerry phone


A few months back, it's been confirmed that a full-touch, water-resistant BlackBerry smartphone would be unveiled this October. We assumed that said handset would be the rumored BlackBerry Krypton, which recently received several certifications (including from the FCC) on its way to market. Now, it appears that we can take a proper look at the Krypton for the very first time, thanks to an image revealed by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks). There's a catch, though: Evan Blass says the handset is actually called BlackBerry Motion, so Krypton must have been just a codename.  



 



As previously rumored, the BlackBerry Motion / Krypton ditches the hardware keyboard that the BlackBerry KeyOne offers, in favor of a large display (probably 1080p) that occupies most of the phone's front side. Interestingly, it looks like the new handset has a fingerprint scanner on the front (with an embedded BlackBerry logo), just below the screen. Other than that, the Motion / Krypton obviously runs Android, comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, and seems to be made out of metal. 



 



Last month, we saw a photo allegedly showing the rear of the BlackBerry Krypton. If we compare it to this new image that shows the handset's front and sides, it certainly matches the overall design.



 



We assume the BlackBerry Motion will be officially announced in the coming weeks, since we're already in October. We'll be here to let you know more about the smartphone as soon as we have new details. Until then, do you like what you're seeing above?



 



source: Evan Blass (@evleaks) 

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Motion
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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28 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looks sweet! This is exactly how I said it would look. And that 600 series SoC with that big 4,000mAh battery will make for even more insane battery life the KEYone. IP67 rating is a definite plus. I may just put this on my must have list of smartphones.

17. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You called it MG. This definitely doesn't look like an Alcatel Idol. My only wish would be for a smaller chin and the FPS on the back. This would leave room for Dual front firing speakers... Whoa, now I'm almost sounding like your old buddy Mxy. But if it will make you feel better I could also say that it should be released universally unlocked for all carriers and that I hope they've also learned from all their previous overpricing mistakes ;)

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

ROTFLMAO!!! Damn, I spit my water out on that one. I needed that laugh. I have to say though, ever since mxyzptlk/Flash/mxyzptlkZ/Wario/Wario2/Alphageek2/a​ll of his other accounts has been banned, it’s really been a breath of fresh air here.

19. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Now, that I have experienced the Snapdragon 835, anything else is just obsolete

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

The SD 625 certainly isn’t obsolete. Performance on the KEYone, for example, has been great. Sure, it’s full of extreme horsepower like the SD 835, but it has it beat concerning power management, affording fantastic battery life to handsets like the KEYone.

27. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

thats a sexy meatball lol

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

How you got “meatball” from the design of the BlackBerry Motion shall forever remain a mystery.

2. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Box design is boring.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Normally, I would agree with you on that. Most slabs are boring. But this looks so much like the KEYone (without the pkb) that I can't help but to like the look of it.

16. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Do you want triangles and ovals?

26. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I dunno, I find box designs/ flatter sides easier and more comfortable to hold like the old Xperia Z3/Z3c or iPhone SE. The rounded designs mean less gripping area for calls unless you bulk it up with a case (something I don't normally do with my phones) or use a tighter grip.

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

Honestly one of BB' best designs imo

5. notfair

Posts: 740; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I mean I want something like this, I don't play games or intense apps. I need a great camera, ip67 and epic battery life

7. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Same here, yes I buy flagships because I'm compulsive lol but I barely play on my phone. Just need a secure sturdy device

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Looks good. Hope it has a 660 or a 630 series Snapdragon on the inside.

8. Divahipsterova

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

That chin...

9. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

That bottom bezel is HUGE!

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I am guessing that perhaps the reason for that is that it may also serve as a touchpad of sorts, similar to how the KeyOnes keyboard is also a trackpad. It’s just my guess right now, but I think it’s a good possibility.

20. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

capacitive buttons. Notice how the standard 3 buttons are missing on the screens display.

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Looks like a KeyONE lost its keyboard...

11. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

If it's made of metal, that most likely means no wireless charging.

12. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

It's got an industrial luxury theme, think Vertu but not ostentatious and you can afford it.

15. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

That's exactly what I was thinking. It screams elegant, yet also has a very tough look to it. Very pleasing design.

14. fyah_king unregistered

Screen size?

21. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So Blackberry didn't get memo that states...android phones should have finger print sensor on the back.

22. gamehead unregistered

sorry, but the bezels

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

.....are no worse than the bezels on the iPhone 8/8+, and the Pixel 2.

23. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

I miss the Blackberry Venice name...

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