BlackBerry Motion specs: All-touch design, all-day battery

The latest smartphone from BlackBerry has arrived, but are the BlackBerry Motion specs worthy of your attention?

After teasing an all-touch smartphone at IFA, BlackBerry and TCL are back with a solid mid-ranger that will appeal to both the nostalgic crowd and new customers looking for something different. We were hoping to see something more powerful in the processing department, but as it turns out, the BlackBerry Motion specifications are largely in line with the keyboard-equipped KeyOne: a Snapdragon 625 SoC and 4GB of RAM will have to do.

 BlackBerry Motion
Display5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD
1,920 x 1,080 resolution
403 ppi
DragonTrail glass
16:9 aspect ratio
ProcessorOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
2Ghz, 64-bit
GPUAdreno 506
microSD slot - up to 2TB
CamerasRear camera:
12 MP sensor, 1.55 μm pixel size, and f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus

Front camera:
8 MP sensor, 1.12 μm pixel size, and f/2.2 aperture
Audio3.5 mm headphone jack
Battery4,000 mAh non-removable
Quick Charging 3.0
USB Type-C
IP ratingIP67 water and dust resistance
LTE Home: B1/ 3/ 7/8/20/26/28/32/38/40/41
LTE Roaming: B2/4/5/12/13/17/19/39

LTE Home: B2/4/5/7/12/13/17/29/30/66
LTE Roaming: B1/3/8//20/28/38/39/40/41

LTE Home: B1/ 3/ 7/8/20/26/28/32/38/40/41
LTE Roaming: B2/4/5/12/13/17/19/39
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac
Bluetooth 4.2 LE
USB Type-C 2.0
Software*/Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Dimensions and weight155.7 mm x 75.4 mm x 8.13 mm

No overview of the BlackBerry Motion specs can be complete without a shout-out to the battery. Coupled with the Motion’s other battery-friendly specs, the 4,000 mAh unit should put this device at the top of battery life charts.

What do you think of these specifications? Is the BlackBerry Motion on your short list for a new phone?

BlackBerry Motion official, heading to Middle East

After teetering on the brink of collapse a few years ago, BlackBerry is rebuilding itself with a TCL partnership to create Android smartphones that place an emphasis on security and enterprise features. As it fleshes out its offerings, the company’s latest smartphone is the BlackBerry Motion, a mid-range device that’s bound for the Middle East. With an all-touch design and an IP67 waterproof rating, the BlackBerry Motion is designed to “empower the most challenging, on-the-go lifestyle.”

BlackBerry Motion

Specs for the Motion include 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon processor, 4GB of RAM, dual SIM card slots, and a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

TCL and BlackBerry are releasing the Motion in select markets throughout the Middle East. Pricing is set at AED 1,699/SAR 1,699, which converts to about $460 USD, a respectable price for a mid-range smartphone. An initial launch in limited markets will begin in mid-October, with more markets being added during Q4.

BlackBerry’s Motion with a full touchscreen has leaked

Following BlackBerry Mobile’s most recent device, the keyboard toting KEYone, the all touchscreen BlackBerry Motion has leaked thanks to the always reliable Evan Blass. Gone are the days of BlackBerry struggling with its own operating system as Android has now driven their devices since the BlackBerry Priv in 2015. Can the Motion continue BlackBerry’s momentum […]

Come comment on this article: BlackBerry’s Motion with a full touchscreen has leaked

BlackBerry Motion, TCL’s First All-Touchscreen Android Smartphone, Has Leaked

Since TCL acquired licensing rights to the BlackBerry brand name, the company has been pumping out phone after phone. The two DTEK phones were said to be trial devices to see if the licensing program would catch on, and in our opinion they were fairly decent smartphones (though the lack of software support for the Priv proved to be a disappointment). TCL is looking to release an all-touchscreen Android smartphone in the near future, as previously reported. Now that device, allegedly code-named Krypton, has been leaked. The BlackBerry Motion is said to be the Krypton, and a new high-quality render shows off the front of the device in all of its glory.

The first time we had heard about this device was back in August when a mysterious BlackBerry device passed through the Bluetooth SIG. Then last month a live photo was shared on BBM Channels that made headlines around the Android community. While it wasn’t certain the smartphone in the picture was this mysterious BlackBerry smartphone, all signs suggested the rumors were on the right track. Then it was François Mahieu, head of global sales for TCL, who said their new phone had indeed passed through the Bluetooth SIG, Wi-Fi Alliance, and FCC.

Now Evan Blass (@evleaks) has posted a render of what is presumably the Blackberry Motion, the mysterious all-touchscreen Blackberry device we’ve all been waiting for.

The device is said to be released sometime in October and will be IP67 water resistant and dust-proof. The current rumored specifications have it with the Snapdragon 625 (or 626) chipset from Qualcomm, 4GBs of RAM, and a 4,000mAh capacity battery. The front of the device is housing a 1080p display and allegedly the fingerprint scanner will be integrated directly into the home button. This is interesting because the render leaked by Evan Blass has it using a unique home button with the BlackBerry logo embedded on it.

The mid-range SoC previously mentioned in rumors even line up with a follow-up tweet from Mr. Blass that states the BlackBerry Motion will not be a flagship smartphone from TCL. Since we’re already in the month of October, we’ll just have to wait and see how these rumors pan out since we should be close to its release date.

BlackBerry Krypton allegedly caught on camera

TCL, the company manufacturing BlackBerry-branded smartphones, has said that it’s launching a full touchscreen smartphone in October. Ahead of that announcement, though, the device may have been captured on camera.

The phone in the picture, which is partially blocked by a blacked out BlackBerry KEYone, is said to be the BlackBerry “Krypton” and has a silver case with a textured back panel and the familiar BlackBerry logo. Unfortunately there isn’t any additional information attached with the picture, so we’ve got very little to go on.


TCL has confirmed that the upcoming smartphone will feature IP67-rated water and dust resistance and that the battery will last around 26 hours with mixed usage. That’s a pretty big goal to reach, so it will be interesting to see if this handset can do it.

Are you considering buying a BlackBerry smartphone this year? What about one that features a full touchscreen rather than a physical keyboard?