The BlackBerry Key One was revealed last year at CES, and this year there has been a lot of hype regarding the sequel to this popular phone. While we don’t yet have new information regarding this flagship release, we have some exciting news about the US availability of the new BlackBerry Motion.
The New BlackBerry Motion
BlackBerry has struggled in recent years to capture any significant portion of the smartphone market. While they’ve seen a good amount of success as the go-to phone for business due to the ease of typing with physical keyboards, they’ve yet to see any sort of widespread adoption in the general public. The company has a chance to impress discerning smartphone users with the release of an upcoming successor to the BlackBerry KeyOne, but we don’t know too much about when that’s going to be released as of yet – even after this year’s CES.
The BlackBerry CES did have some exciting news, however, regarding the new US availability of the new BlackBerry Motion. The new BlackBerry Motion will be available in the United States starting on December 12, and is shaping up to be a solid mid-range phone.
What We Know
With recent phone models, the company has ditched their proprietary operating system and moved over to Android. The new BlackBerry Motion is no exception, set to run Android Nougat with an eventual update to the Oreo operating system promised sometime this year.
As far as other information we have regarding the new BlackBerry Motion, it seems as if we may see the largest battery included from the company yet, with a 4000 mAh capacity. The phone should comfortably last all day on a single charge, even with moderate to heavy usage. The display will be decently sized at around 5.5 inches, ensuring the screen is big enough for all of your media needs
For processing power, the new BlackBerry Motion will ship with a Snapdragon 625 chip which should give the device respectable mid-range performance, and 4GB of RAM will be included to make operating the phone a fluid experience. The specifications are definitely not high-end, but considering the phone’s $449.99 price tag, the performance seems more than reasonable.
Although the smartphone manufacturer has made a name for themselves with their physical keyboards optimized for business use, the new BlackBerry Motion will feature a touchscreen rather than an actual keyboard. It’s an interesting design choice from the manufacturer, as it adds yet another rather generic phone to the market. The new BlackBerry Motion may have trouble competing in a market that’s already saturated by mid-range phones, but we remain hopeful that the phone performs well and establishes the company as a competitor – at least in the mid-range market.
Accompanying the announcement of the new BlackBerry Motion release was word of a new KeyOne Bronze Edition, set for a Q1 2018 release in “select markets across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.”