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

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 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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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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48 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow nice!

2. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Finally competition arrived for pixel 2's chin.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

To be fair, this has a FPS and capacitive buttons to justify a chin.

29. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

S7e had both & so do many other mobiles, still chin wasn't this huge. This is much bigger than usual. Look at top & bottom, definitely not symmetrical.

44. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Or look at other devices with similar chins, like the U11, OnePlus 5 or Z2 Force.

28. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2360; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

And yet it has both a larger battery and a headphone jack. I wonder how the size comparison will be.

31. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Do you mean screen to body ratio? As for actual size, the BB Motion will be quite a bit larger due to it having a 5.5 inch screen as opposed to the Pixel 2's being just a 5 inch.

46. jonathanbohner

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

another jay leno phone... LOL. reminds me of when the moto z first came out...

48. djinn

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

What's with all this whining about phone chins anyway? Personally I prefer some room for my fingers to not accidentally touch the screen. Just because manufacturers say it's the new trend it doesn't mean we all have to comply.

3. Vancetastic

Posts: 1308; Member since: May 17, 2017

Under 500? This phone is calling me.

4. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... WOW! IMO, THIS IS THE BEST THING BLACKBERRY HAS DONE. LET'S GET ON MOTION. WHO STILL REMEMBERS 'RIM' - RESEARCH IN MOTION...

5. Abdbaas

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Joke. They need to stop trading for the sake of the investors..

6. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Alan, that is Dubai not "Dubei". Midranger or low end? Clueless.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's definitely a mid-ranger, not a low-end.

8. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

A year ago, this would've been a really strong choice against the Moto Z Play, even if it was $499 perhaps. But a year later, at $460, it's far too late to the game. IP67 is now standard, the SD625 is an aged horse two generations behind the newest, and the single camera is no longer so impressive.

14. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

SD625 is still the rumor. Who knows maybe it'll be the SD630 inside.

15. BuffaloSouce unregistered

First of all, BlackBerry phones are a smartphone first and not for derpy people who use their phone as a status symbol. It doesn't need multiple cameras because the people who buy them aren't the type to pretend to be a professional photographer. Plus if you think single cameras aren't impressive, tell that to Pixel owners. The SD625 might be older, but it's proven to be a solid choice to keep the lights on...

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry handsets are made to get things done and be productive, not play the latest and greatest games on a smartphone. To do both those things, it needs to have a big battery and a SoC that helps manage the power very well. The 600 series SoC does just that, the phone still has a good camera (single or not), and this phone will still be a productivity beast. The consumers that this handset is aimed at (prosumers) understand this.

9. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Dubai***

10. Rocket

Posts: 654; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Wow! competition for the phone of the year with the biggest bezel is getting harder, iPhone8, pixel2 and now this.

12. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

I love it. Bezel or not I like big battery phones...

13. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Looks alright. I'd like to see it in person.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

This might be the king for battery life in the states.

17. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Nice battery size, and I really like the plastic backs of the Blackberry phones. They look premium and they don't break. What is so hard, Apple, Samsung and LG ?

18. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I literally skimmed the article for the SOC - saw it was the SD 625 - and immediately stopped caring.

19. firefly2000

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

I got an Idea let me make a phone called BlackBerry 10 and then leave everyone who got one ,by saying LOL we changed our minds were going Android and it's going to be great. So we buy an Android BlackBerry, LOL , sorry , but we're not going to update the phone to the newest OS. Now let's send out our tech over to some Chinese Company and everyone who has a BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry 6,7, BlackBerry 10 , we'll sorry for you and a true BlackBerry phone will never be again, just get over it . So for me I will never ever buy a BlackBerry device as long as it's powered by an Android OS , because compared to a BlackBerry OS the Android OS is just pure junk.

20. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Just go back to your BBOS10 device, it's not hard.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can still use your BlackBerry 10 handset. And while I do agree that BlackBerry 10 is all kinds of awesome, the BlackBerry Secure Android OS running on BlackBerry’s Android offerings is pretty good as well.

21. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That round top and sharp bottom remind me of huawei p7 (but it had it all the way around)

22. VinuV

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2017

"The BlackBerry Motion has been unveiled in Dubei 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)." Phone Arena, its Dubai, not Dubei...

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