BlackBerry Motion smartphone launched with touchscreen and no keyboard

Blackberry Motion leaked, comes without a physical keyboard

It was only a few days ago when reliable leaker Even Blass tweeted out images of the BlackBerry Motion, which resembles this year's BB KEYone, only without an important feature. Interestingly, BlackBerry has done away with the QWERTY keyboard that the company is known for. The 4,000mAh battery packed into the Motion should be able to achieve that. "Over at the front, it gets a 5.5" Full HD IPS display with DragonTrail Glass on top.

The BlackBerry Motion comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Out of the box, it runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and it will be upgraded to Android Oreo in the new year.

BlackBerry Motion packs a 4000mAh non-removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, and incorporates USB Type-C port for charging/ data syncing.

Although unconfirmed, Android Central reports that the BlackBerry Motion will be initially available in Middle Eastern markets for around $460 (around £350). The company has not mentioned the availability of the device in other countries.

Rumours also suggest that the smartphone will have a home button with a fingerprint scanner - a feature that appears to be confirmed in Mr Blass' photo.

Chinese smartphone maker TCL has announced the launch of BlackBerry Motion smartphone.

The interesting thing to note here is that the device will come with IP67 rating for its resistance towards water and dust. The smartphone includes 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage, which users can further expand thanks to the microSD card slot it features.

To some extent, you might see the BB Motion as the most boring BlackBerry phone of late. By tasking TCL with manufacturing chores, BlackBerry frees itself to focus on software and enterprise-level security features.

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