Following a big leak on October 5th from Evan Blass, the BlackBerry Motion is now official. The announcement came at GITEX Technology Week, similar to CES in Dubai, and the rumored specs were mostly correct. Availability will initially be limited to the UAE, retailing for Dh1,699 and Saudi Arabia, retailing for 1,699 Riyal, which converts to about $460 USD. Pre-orders are already open. Additional markets will get the Motion later this year, although a full global launch is unlikely.
Official specifications include a 5.5 inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, a huge 4,000mAh battery capable of 32+ hours of mixed use and QuickCharge 3.0 support, providing a 50% charge in 40 minutes. The rear camera is 12MP at f/2.0 and the front facing camera is 8MP. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also onboard. The Motion will launch with Android 7.1 Nougat with an upgrade to Android Oreo coming next year.
Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile, shared his thoughts about the Motion.
“The launch of BlackBerry Motion allows us to further diversify our product offering, delivering new experiences while remaining steadfast with the privacy, reliability and productivity that have made BlackBerry so iconic over the years. While the initial launch of our newest BlackBerry smartphone will be limited, this is an exciting addition to our growing BlackBerry smartphone portfolio, setting a strong foundation for further portfolio and market growth in the years to come.”
The Motion will run a slightly modified version of stock Android with integration of BlackBerry’s renowned security software. More information is available on BlackBerry Mobile’s twitter account, @BBMobile.