BlackBerry Motion launches in the US on January 12

BlackBerry Motion launches in the US on January 12

BlackBerry Mobile and TCLtoday announced the upcoming US availability of BlackBerry Motion - the very first dust- and water-resistantBlackBerry-branded smartphone. 



 



Previously available only in select markets (including up north in Canada), the BlackBerry Motion will be releasedin the USon January 12 - this Friday. The handset will be sold unlocked via Amazon andBest Buy for $449.99. This is a GSM/LTE variant of the Motion, whichmeans you'll be able to use it on AT&T and T-Mobile, but not on Verizon,Sprint, and US Cellular.    



 



Apart from dust- and water-resistance, the BlackBerry Motionoffers a suite of pretty nice (though not exactly high-end) specs, includinga 5.5-inch 1080p scratch-resistant screen, an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 4 GB ofRAM, and a generous 4,000 mAh battery. In our BlackBerry Motion review - which youshould definitely read - we noted that battery life was one of the phone's highlight features. 



 



When it finally launches in the US later this week, the BlackBerryMotion will run Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. However, the smartphone will be updated toAndroid  8 Oreo sometime "later thisyear."



 



According to a previous rumor, the BlackBerry Motion could alsobe released via AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. For now, though, there's noofficial information on this. Anyhow, let us know if you plan to buy theBlackBerry Motion in the USanytime soon, will you?





source: TCL Communications 

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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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41 Comments

1. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

$450 for SD625? Hmmm....

6. Venom

Posts: 3729; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Right? And it's not really that good of a handset. It's ok at best, but certainly a big step down from the decent KeyONE.

2. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Wish they would have used the 630, or better yet, the 660. Looks like the camera has promise (1.55um pixels), but the aperture is a little troubling. I will await samples.

3. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Having choice is good. Good job BB!

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You can play ping-pong on the bottom bezel... Nice! That's good thinking right there, BB! G'Day!

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22280; Member since: May 28, 2014

Just like with the iPhone 8/8+. You can hide a Death Star sized space ship with those, lol.

30. Venom

Posts: 3729; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think the iphone has anything to do with this.

5. BillyBoy

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Five dead Benjamins for SD625? Muhaha

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22280; Member since: May 28, 2014

While I’m glad that the BlackBerry Motion is coming to the states, and I’m glad that they priced it $100 lower than the awesome BlackBerry KEYᵒⁿᵉ, I think that they should have gone a bit lower with the price. $399 should be the asking price, at best. Good handset, though. That battery and SoC will make for some phenomenal battery life.

16. Subie

Posts: 2393; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

$399 CAD. Now I'm reaching ;)

11. Venom

Posts: 3729; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I honestly think $199 would have been a more reasonable price because it's not offering much more than anything else out there with the SoC it has.

13. Subie

Posts: 2393; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

For myself, and at this price point, I can't see why I would buy this over the Dtek60. On paper the only advantage this phone has would be: battery life, and the fact that it will get Oreo. IMO the Dtek60 has nicer aesthetics(subjective), better speakers, Nicer screen, and a superior Soc. I also prefer the FPS on the back(also subjective, I know). Am I missing something here? The Passport and now KEYone were, and are really unique devices, but I'm not sure how BB and TCL are trying to position and market the Motion...

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22280; Member since: May 28, 2014

One would by this over the DTEK 60 because this is more future proof in terms of it getting updates and the battery life (both points that you mentioned). With this, they are going after the “all touch slab” crowd of prosumers. I also prefer The DTEK 60 design-wise to this, and prefer any of the pkb BlackBerry handsets to the all-touch BlackBerry smartphones. I’ve also been a fan of fingerprint scanner placement on the back since Huawei started doing it.

24. Subie

Posts: 2393; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, knowing you'll get those updates makes a real case for the newer device. I'm easy on my phone too, so that Smaller soc would work for me. I like seeing companies give the most "bang for your buck" though, and if someone had asked me my opinion in the fall of 2016 I would've pointed them to the Dtek60.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22280; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree. This SoC with that big battery, along with future updates is a big draw over the DTEK 60. Great battery life is my number one thing when buying a smartphone, as I work long hours away from any outlets to plug my phone in for a top up. It’s one of the reasons why I’m also a huge fan of Huawei’s Mate and Honor lines.

27. Subie

Posts: 2393; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Who doesn't love fuel efficiency bro. I know some who love and get great battey life with their Asus Zenphone Max phones with those 4000+ mAh batteries.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22280; Member since: May 28, 2014

I just wish that more OEM’s followed suit and added beefier batteries to their handsets and scrapped all of this “thinner” crap.

31. Venom

Posts: 3729; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't recall the Priv getting that many updates, so this makes me a little hesitant about the Motion. I rather stick with the DTEK because of the much better specs.

33. Daumus

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Specs of Nokia 6 yet over 100% more expensive? Yeah, good luck selling that...

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22280; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Nokia 6 doesn't have the battery capacity, nor the IP67 certification. The only thing they share is the SoC series, and that's only the 2nd edition Nokia 6.

35. Daumus

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Doesn't matter what generation of Nokia 6 it is, a bit bigger battery and IP67 aren't worth 230$ more either way

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22280; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, it matters when you try to erroneously pass off both devices as having the same specs and they don’t. Don’t get mad because I pointed out your falsehood.

37. Daumus

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

You seem triggered. Ok, they're 90% identical. Even worse, there are Redmi phones with "90% same specs" under 200$. The only person here mad is you since you're trying desperately to defend a this failure of a BB phone. Falsehood? Aww man... the salt.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22280; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO Nah, you’re triggered because I pointed out your falsehood. Hey most certainly are not “90% identical”. The only thing they share are are screen size and the same megapixels in the front camera. Not even the same SoC, even though it’s from the same 6xx series, and that’s only the Nokia 6 2nd Edition. The way you mentioned it, you’re referring to the original Nokia 6, and that uses an SD 430. Lol, now you’re mentioning Redmi phones because I totally destroyed your BS about the Nokia 6 and the BlackBerry Motion having the same specs. I do so love it when I get people like you to backtrack. You’re seething with anger right now because I keep revealing your lack of knowledge about these smartphones, and it’s hilarious. Yep. Falsehoods. Class has now ended. Don’t worry, I won’t charge you for the schooling that I just gave you.

40. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You post the facts, Meanestgenius. BlackBerry Motion has Pro and con, but is not like what he say it is. I prefer this to Dtek60 because of better SoC for power management and bigger battery and IP67 rating. But KEYone is better to me because of physical keyboard. But Motion is stil good device.

39. Venom

Posts: 3729; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think even Subie was pleased with the Motion. It definitely is a huge letdown compared to what's offered now and compared to the DTEK.

41. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I will buy this for my wife. She like full touchscreen phone to physical keyboard phone.

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