BlackBerry Motion now available in more European countries

  • BlackBerry announced the Motion’s availability across countries in the European Union.
  • A handful of accessories are also available alongside the phone.
  • BlackBerry originally announced the Motion in October 2017, with the phone previously available in Canada, the U.S., and the Middle East.


Already available in Canada, the U.S., the Middle East, and some European markets, the BlackBerry Motion is available in more countries in the European Union.

The Motion is available for €469 in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.

Alongside the Motion are some accessories, such as a hard shell case, flip case, and tempered glass screen protector.  The hard shell case goes for €35, while the tempered glass screen protector and flip case sell for €10 and €50, respectively.

The Motion features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4 GB of RAM, dual SIM card slots, a big 4,000 mAh battery, and compatibility with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. It also has an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.

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We enjoyed our time with the Motion and cited its long-lasting battery, industrial design, and stock-like Android experience with useful BlackBerry add-ons. We dinged the phone for its limited availability, though that is somewhat rectified with the Motion’s availability across the EU.

Another concern is software. The Motion still runs Android Nougat, though BlackBerry promised an update to Oreo sometime this year.

Even so, the Motion is a smartphone that, while a tad over-expensive for what it is, remains a good choice in the mid-range market.

BlackBerry is aiming to release at least two new smartphones in 2018

Ever since BlackBerry made its resurgence back into the Android market, the company has dealt with mixed reactions. While the BlackBerry Priv was touted as the return of the brand, the device itself was not all that impressive.

Then, the company released the BlackBerry KeyOne and that has been seemingly pretty popular despite its higher price tag for a mid-range device. BlackBerry’s other offerings have not fared as well, and that may be due to the lack of a keyboard, making these devices not as “special” as the KeyOne.

BlackBerry and TCL have recognized this new trend and have stated plans to release at least two new smartphones in 2018. The best part is the fact that both of these devices will include hardware keyboards, as the company is “confident” that it can “grow the keyboard market”.

It’s unknown whether BlackBerry will release a true flagship device, but did tell Engadget that the company will release one device which is priced more than the other. However, the representative stopped short of sharing information regarding the price gap and if the higher-priced device would be a flagship.

2018 is going to definitely be an interesting year, but the old BlackBerry fan in me is hoping to see big things from the company this year. Let us know whether you would like to see a device with flagship-level specs and a hardware keyboard. Or if you think BlackBerry should move its focus elsewhere.

TCL Brings BlackBerry Motion to the US, Will Launch Two New BlackBerry Phones in 2018

BlackBerry-branded smartphones from Chinese smartphone maker TCL may not be the top choice for every Android enthusiast, but it seems the phones got enough attention to warrant follow-ups.

Last year’s BlackBerry KEYone, which launched at MWC 2017, was an attempt to merge BlackBerry’s security and enterprise strengths with the flexibility and popularity of Android. It’s the first of more to come: At its press conference during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, the company announced that it’ll release “at least two” new smartphones later this year, each of which will have a physical keyboard.

BlackBerry also announced a new Bronze color variant for the BlackBerry KEYone at the event: The Bronze Edition KEYone. It sports a matte bronze look complemented by a textured black back panel, and drops the standard KEYone’s microSD card slot in favor of a second SIM tray for dual-SIM capabilities. That fits in well with the Bronze Edition’s target markets of Europe, Middle East and Asia, but right now, it seems unlikely that the dual-SIM variant will make its way to the US.

TCL gave a Q1 2018 launch window for the Bronze Edition KEYone, but hasn’t released pricing information.

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TCL’s also bringing the previously launched BlackBerry Motion to US shores and pricing it at $449.99. The mid-range smartphone has a 5.5-inch FHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip, 4GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, water and dust resistance, and the promise of an Android 8.0 Oreo update “later this year”.

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The BlackBerry Motion will be available for purchase starting January 12 at Amazon and BestBuy.com.

What are your thoughts on TCL’s BlackBerry announcements? Are you looking forward to the two new smartphones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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Two new BlackBerry phones coming in 2018 along with expanded BB Motion availability, KEYone Bronze Edition

In addition to new Alcatel phones, the folks at TCL are prepping some new BlackBerry hardware.

TCL said today that it’s got two new BlackBerry smartphones coming in 2018. No details on these devices have been revealed, but TCL does have some news to share about two existing BlackBerry Android phones.

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The BlackBerry Motion is coming to the US on January 12. The GSM unlocked model will be sold by Amazon and Best Buy for $449.99.

Announced last year, the BlackBerry Motion is a full-touch device with a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display, 12MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and dual LED flash, and 8MP front camera with wide angle lens. Its body is IP67-rated for dust and water resistance.

Inside that body is an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot if you need even more storage. There’s a 4,000mAh battery powering the whole package, a USB-C port for recharging that battery, and NFC. The Motion comes preloaded with Android 7.1 but will be updated to Android 8.0.

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TCL has also cooked up a limited edition version of the BlackBerry KEYone. The BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition features a bronze finish and dual SIM slots. It’ll launch later in Q1 2018 in select markets in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The Blackberry KEYone’s claim to fame is a physical keyboard, which is a feature that we don’t see much of these days. It’s also packed a 4.5-inch 1620×1080 display, 12MP rear camera with PDAF and dual LED flash, 8MP front camera with wide-angle lens, and an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor.

Other features of the KEYone include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3,505mAh battery. There’s also USB-C and NFC in there, and like the Motion, the KEYone comes with Android 7.1 but will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

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