When Blackberry announced last year that they won’t make phones, I thought that they won’t be having any phones, at all. Instead, they have a new phone now, but as they said, they haven’t made it but rather TCL.
The phone which was officially released yesterday at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai was unveiled by TCL. However, thanks to Evan Blass, we already had the leaked images of the phone a week back, and almost prediction was on-spot.
The full-touch Blackberry isn’t really a premium device and there’s very less that excites you except that it’s from Blackberry. About the phone, it’s a full-touch device while Blackberry has played relatively safe with the specs.
For starters, there’s now IP67 dust and water resistance and a whopping 4,000 mAh. There is a 4GB RAM which isn’t bad, a Snapdragon 625 Processor (not bad for a mid-range device), 5.5-inch display, 32GB of storage, 12 Megapixel rear and 8 Megapixel front camera. The phone runs quite on the stock version of Android 7.1.
Unless you are paranoid about security, Blackberry Motion has nothing special to offer.
About the design, it has an anomalously large bezel on the bottom (and even on the top). The phone isn’t made out of any premium material but has that rubber on its back that gives you an extra grip. The design is different and stands out from the herd but not because it’s great! There’s an aluminum frame that surrounds the phone while the rest of the phone is rubber or polycarbonate which feels a lot lighter than it looks. On the bottom bezel, there are the usual Android capacitive keys and a fingerprint sensor that’s built into the Blackberry button. The end result: The phone doesn’t look great!
Not much to say about that because the phone just got released, but we can still discuss a few things. For instance, the phone has a full-HD which is also pretty standard for a mid-range device. The screen is protected with a nano-diamond coating, which according to Blackberry is even tougher than Gorilla Glass (25% tougher, they say).
And just like other Blackberry phones, this one also got a convenience key that you can use to quickly access something on the phone, like Google Maps if you are driving or Music when you aren’t.
You will also find a 3.5-mm headphone jack at the bottom. The good thing is that there’s QuickCharge 3.0 so you could expect your phone to juice up quicker, and with a 4,000 mAh battery, we do hope that the phone lasts for a full day on a single charge. The IP67 rating means that the Blackberry Motion can withstand submersion for up to 30 minutes in 1-meter depth.
Probably the most interesting facet of this phone is its security. Like, you can take photos using the on-screen shutter and tap the fingerprint sensor button on the phone which will instantly lock the photos inaccessible by anyone but you. You can also store your documents in this Blackberry vault.
Our Early Verdict
Blackberry Motion is a mid-range device that comes with the added benefit of Blackberry’s security. For around $460, it’s not exactly a very mid-range device and you can get your hands on to some more premium devices like One Plus with better specs. But obviously, it comes with Blackberry’s security so you can’t directly compare it with other same-priced devices.