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BlackBerry to launch Android phone with no keyboard

10 October 2017

BlackBerry Motion, a new smartphone from TCL, has been launched with a full touchscreen at the GITEX Tech Week in Dubai.

As can be seen in the render below, the Motion doesn't feature particularly thin bezels on the front, although the top bezel is certainly thinner than the KeyOne.

While Blackberry did not have much input on the design of the product, the phone will feature its Enterprise Services. A 4,000mAh battery ensures a quite impressive battery life. Below the display, we find a physical home button with an etched BlackBerry logo. 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.

For photography, Motion is equipped with a 12-megapixel snapper at the back with f/2.0 aperture.

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The OS is Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box and an upgrade to Oreo is expected to soon come to the smartphone. The Motion will also be the first BlackBerry phone in the Middle East to feature dual SIM support - so far, BlackBerry has had dual SIM phones in the Indian market. No price has been given nor has availability for other markets. It also has a front fingerprint sensor. It's the first Blackberry to be water and dust resistant. You can even juice it to 50 percent capacity in just 40 minutes with Quick Charge 3.0.

The BlackBerry Motion is the brand's third smartphone with no physical keyboard, and running Android, after the DTEK50 and DTEK60 launched to lukewarm success in summer 2016.

Chinese electronics giant TCL manufactures BlackBerry devices under license from the Canadian firm.

As usual, the BlackBerry Motion gets a host of security features built-in along with its productivity apps such as BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, DTEK and BlackBerry Boost charging.

BlackBerry to launch Android phone with no keyboard