BlackBerry has officially revealed the Motion; an all-touchscreen take on the KEYone that brings with it a large battery and water and dust resistance.
Even though leaks stole most of the surprise behind the announcement, BlackBerry has now officially revealed the Motion – a revised take on this year’s KEYone that swaps a physical keyboard out for a large touch display.
For BlackBerry fans seeking a smartphone more closely aligned with the Android world, the Motion should be a sure-fire hit; the device packs most of what we felt makes the KEYone great with some additional extras.
For starters, the Motion leverages the same power-sipping Snapdragon 625 chipset with a mammoth 4,000mAh battery – further, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in (expandable) storage accompany the unit at launch.
The handset’s primary selling point is its 5.5″ display, which bears a 1080p resolution. Though there’s no hardware keyboard, BlackBerry fans will still be able to leverage the company’s software keyboard that was first seen on the BlackBerry Priv.
Arriving running Android 7.1 Nougat with BlackBerry’s security and productivity apps, the Motion arrives with an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, and has a front-mounted fingerprint reader in lieu of the sensor that sat atop the spacebar key of the KEYone.
The Motion is slated to initially go on sale in Middle Eastern markets, where the device will apparently retail for the sum of $460 USD.
What are your thoughts? Would you be more interested in purchasing the KEYone or the BlackBerry Motion? If so, what would motivate your decision either way? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!