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    October 6, 2017

    Leakers out the BlackBerry Motion; an all-touchscreen take on the KEYone

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    Leakers have outed new renders depicting the BlackBerry Motion – a new device which eschews the KEYone’s physical keyboard for a full touchscreen display.

    We were suitably impressed with the BlackBerry KEYone this year, which we felt rolled together the best parts of both the Canadian brand’s legacy and that of the Android world – and now it seems that the former firm is developing a revised take on the smartphone with the imminent debut of the BlackBerry Motion.

    Notorious smartphone leaker Evan Blass outed our first glimpse of the Motion, which highlights the design first premiered by the KEYone and teased in recent leaks for a product named ‘Krypton’.

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    The design reveals a handset that eschews the KEYone’s namesake – a physical QWERTY keyboard – for a full touchscreen display. Interestingly, the handset features a heavy bottom chin replete with a BlackBerry button that could well be a fingerprint scanner based on the fact that the KEYone accommodated a similarly-placed scanner on its spacebar key.

    Few specs are known at present beyond the indication that the device will be waterproof with either an IP67 or IP68 rating, and will apparently squeeze in a large 4,000mAh. With luck, that should amount to the same great battery life we saw with the KEYone.

    According to leaker Rolan Quandt, the Motion will be first launched in the United States, where it will be carried by local networks. A further rollout should introduce a dual-SIM version for select markets.

    Thus far, no pricing indication has been announced – though given the device’s similarity to the KEYone, it could enjoy the same sub-R10,000 price point as its forerunner.

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