Blackberry may not be the almighty force it once was, but it’s far from finished yet. Recent rumours and leaks suggest that we will be seeing a new Android Blackberry smartphone within the next month. This new Blackberry, named the Blackberry Motion, will once again be manufactured by TCL.
For those not aware, TCL has manufactured the last few Android Blackberry smartphones and they also happen to own the global rights to the Blackberry brand name.
A new leak from infamous tech leaker, Evan Blass, shows an all-touchscreen device with no trademark physical keyboard. My initial impressions are fairly positive; it’s a businesslike industrial design and it looks pretty sharp. It very much looks like a 2017 Blackberry should, and that’s a good thing. The only aspect of the design which immediately jumps out at me in a negative way is the chin. It’s too big and it takes away from what was otherwise a sleek design.
In the middle of the chin, there is what appears to be a home button with an embedded fingerprint scanner. Even though I’m not a fan of the sizable chin, it does make the phone longer. A longer phone means a longer and bigger battery…
Rumours are suggesting that the battery inside of the Blackberry Motion will be 4000mAh. That’s a big battery, especially when you consider that Samsung Galaxy Note 8‘s is 3300mAh and the Google Pixel 2‘s is 2700mAh. It has also been rumoured that the Motion will use the Snapdragon 625 or 626. These chips are decidedly midrange, but they also strike an excellent balance between power and efficiency. A large battery combined with an efficient processor can only equal excellent battery life. This was proven by the Blackberry Keyone from earlier this year, which also used the Snapdragon 625.
Blackberry Motion Specifications
As for all of the specifications, here’s what is currently being rumoured:
- Snapdragon 625 or 626
- 4GB RAM
- 1920 x 1080 resolution display
- IP67 Dust and Water resistance
The specifications are what you’d expect from a midrange Android smartphone. Although it is nice to see the inclusion of water resistance, as well as keeping the headphone jack.
It’s worth remembering that internal specifications alone, do not sell smartphones. Most smartphones tend to have a standout feature. Just like the Blackberry Priv, DTEK 50, DTEK 60 and the Keyone, the Blackberry Motion will be secure. In fact, it will be one of the most secure Android smartphones that you can buy. In a world where more information is stored online and on our smartphones than ever before, security on our mobile devices is very important. Not many smartphone manufacturers brand their smartphones as being exceptionally secure.
LG, HTC, Huawei and many more, do not say a single word about security in their advertisements. This gives Blackberry an area of the market which they can potentially dominate. Most Android smartphones branded as ‘secure’ tend to cost way above average. This means that if the Blackberry Motion is priced right, it will be especially appealing to those who may be security conscious.
If all of the recent leaks and rumours do in fact prove to be true, I think the Blackberry Motion will be a very inticing midrange smartphone. It’s just a matter of whether or not it will be able to compete in an already crowded midrange smartphone market.