While BlackBerry is showing good financial results as a service and software company, its partner TCL is still trying to make its mark in the smartphone market.
The BlackBerry brand did not die even though the Canadian company decided to focus on other business sectors. Before leaving the smartphone market, the company has entered into licensing agreements that allow partners such as TCL to manufacture and sell BlackBerry mobile phones.
And after the BlackBerry KEYone, TCL is back today with a new Android smartphone: the BlackBerry Motion. The presentation of the latter was made on Sunday in Dubai.
The first thing that we notice is the absence of a physical keyboard, whereas it is almost a must for a true BlackBerry fan. Nevertheless, other aspects of the design still evoke the visual identity of the Canadian brand. And like all previous devices, the Motion comes with the full suite of software that BlackBerry users are used to.
The BlackBerry Motion is powered by a SoC Snapdragon 625, coupled with 4 GB of RAM memory. On the photo side, we have a 12 megapixel sensor on the back and another 8 megapixel sensor on the front. The 5.5-inch screen is Full HD. On the design side, TCL does not care about trends such as reducing the size of borders or offering mobile phones without borders.
But, the BlackBerry Motion could appeal to users interested in battery life. The Motion has a huge 4,000 mAh battery, which gives it 32 hours of autonomy. In addition, the device is equipped with Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which provides 50% load in 40 minutes. It is also protected against water and dust (IP 67).
The Motion will initially be sold to the United Arab Emirates at nearly 394 euros.