BlackBerry smartphones were and still are known for their durability and somewhat rugged build quality and also the sheer security features and protocols that were put in place with regard to push emails etc. If you’re BlackBerry (the smartphone, not the fruit) user or have been following the company’s latest developments, you would have seen the rumors of BlackBerry announcing an all-touchscreen smartphone.
Setting the wheels in motion
The rumor began around the same time that BlackBerry launched the KEYone, a mid-range smartphone with a dedicated hardware keyboard (akin to most BlackBerry devices). At this year’s GITEX Technology Week (which began on the 8th of October and ends on the 12th of October,) BlackBerry put all rumors to rest by unveiling its new mid-range smartphone, the BlackBerry Motion.
What drives the BlackBerry Motion?
As we mentioned above, the BlackBerry Motion has an all-touchscreen design in comparison to the company’s traditional design which includes a physical hardware keyboard. Packing a 5.5” Full HD display, the BlackBerry Motion is powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor. It also has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage along with dual SIM capabilities as well.
An interesting point to note is that the BlackBerry Motion has a 4,000 mAh battery which is also compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. So you get all the benefits of a larger battery capacity and fast charging times if needed as. If you’re mildly adventurous or just like to use your phone in the rain, the BlackBerry Motion also has an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.
Where will it be available?
The launch of the BlackBerry Motion will initially be to a handful of markets, with other markets being added in the coming quarter. As such, it will initially retail in the UAE for Dh1,699 and in Saudi Arabia for 1,699 Riyal. Do the math and that roughly equals approximately USD 460 (around LKR 70,000/-).
Would you be interested in a BlackBerry Motion? Yes/No? Let us know why.