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BlackBerry Motion is now official; phone carries 4000mAh battery, IP67 certification

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The BlackBerry Motion is now official

The BlackBerry Motion is now official

The BlackBerry Motion has been unveiled in Dubai today. Built by China's TCL under its license with BlackBerry, the Motion is an "all touch" model that carries the largest battery ever used to power a 'Berry branded handset (4000mAh). It also is the first BlackBerry branded phone to feature an IP certification rating. At IP67, the Motion can be submerged in up to 3.3 feet for as long as 30-minutes and emerge unscathed. Still, due to the corrosive nature of salt, we wouldn't want to put the Motion in the ocean.

The new BlackBerry Mobile device comes with a 5.5-inch Premium Anti-Scratch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD). While we don't have any word on which chip is powering the phone, earlier rumors called for the Snapdragon 625 SoC to be found under the hood. That means the Motion is equipped with an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 506 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside. The battery will charge to 50% in just 40-minutes thanks to Quick Charge 3.0, and a fingerprint scanner is embedded in the home button. The handset is built with a hardened aluminum frame with soft touch material on back. Android 7.1 Nougat is pre-installed, and the model will receive an update to Android 8.0 (Oreo) in 2018.

New to BlackBerry branded handsets with the release of the Motion is the Locker. Users will be able to store documents and photos in an internal storage area that will require the user's PIN code or fingerprint to access. Locker Mode will send pictures to the internal storage area instead of the cloud. Also, the Convenience Key now comes with "four customizable profiles for Home, Car, Office and User. These can be triggered by "a home WiFi network, in-car Bluetooth, meetings that are synced to BlackBerry Hub or apps that are most commonly used."

"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. 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."-Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager, BlackBerry Mobile

The BlackBerry Motion will launch in the UAE and Saudi Arabia this month with distribution widening to "select global markets" later this month. The phone is priced at Dh1,699 in the UAE. That is equivalent to $463 USD. In Saudi Arabia, the Motion can be purchased for 1,699 Riyal.

source: @BBMobile via CrackBerry

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