Blackberry Returns But Without the Keyboard

Blackberry, which stopped producing mobile devices in 2016, is back in the hardware business after partnering with Chinese company TCL. The BlackBerry Motion, which operates on Android, has dropped the keyboard and offers a 5.5″ 1080p display.

Other features of the Motion, which was revealed at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, include:

  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal storage
  • A 4,000 mAh battery, which can provide up to 32 hours of battery life
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip
  • A 12MP f/2.0 rear camera

The phone, which does not have as many top-of-the-line features as other Android devices (such as a 835 chip) is relatively inexpensive at $460. The Motion also features minimal bezels, which means the screen is almost entirely display, and it is water resistant.

With the Motion, BlackBerry is introducing Locker Mode, which allows users to save documents and photos to an internal storage area that is protected by the user’s PIN or fingerprint. Locker Mode also features stealth photo mode, which allows users to directly save photos to internal storage so they do not have to upload it to the cloud.

BlackBerry said the phone will initially launch first in the UAE and Saudi Arabian markets but will eventually make its way to the United States.

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