BlackBerry Motion launched with 5.5-inch display - Price, specs and more

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TCL, a Chinese company that manufactures the Blackberry Smartphones globally launched the new Blackberry Motion smartphone. There is no physical keyboard on this BlackBerry phone which comes as a surprise to many.

On paper, the BlackBerry Motion that's also manufactured by TCL is quite similar in specs to the BlackBerry KEYone. It makes do with a regular 5.5-inch 16:9 FHD display with prominent bezels. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card. There is a fingerprint sensor on the front along with Android Nougat 7.1, the same software that came on the BlackBerry KEYone. The BlackBerry Motion is a mid-range smartphone that comes with an all-touch display, water-resistant chassis and huge battery.

The Motion has been unveiled at GITEX Tech Week in the UAE and will ship first in the Middle East with other select markets to follow.

If past releases are anything to go by, the BlackBerry Motion could have a release date in some markets before its worldwide launch. There is an 8MP front camera with selfie shooter.

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One part of the Motion that stands out is its 4000mAh battery, which, given that the hardware isn't exactly demanding, should mean the phone lasts a comparatively long time between charges. According to BlackBerry, you can get a 50% charge in just 40 minutes on the plug.

Separately, the BlackBerry Motion handset also rolls out with a host of features involving security suites that the company has become popular for. The fingerprint scanner stays on the new home button design and the OS is upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo next year.

A well-respected leaker has posted a photo of what he calls the "BlackBerry Motion" smartphone.