Monday, October 9, 2017

BlackBerry Motion arrives with no keyboard and a giant battery

The software will still seem familiar. The Motion is running a customized take on Android 7.1 like its predecessor, and you’ll get the same security-focused apps intended to make it business- and privacy-friendly.

Don’t plan to snap one up right away. The Motion is only shipping to a handful of Middle Eastern markets at first (including Saudi Arabia and the UAE), with a price equivalent to about $460. There’s no mention of North American releases so far, although we wouldn’t rule them out given the KEYone’s availability at Sprint and Canadian carriers.

Even so, the phone may face an uphill battle in North America. The KEYone was considered expensive for the feature set when new, but you could easily point to the keyboard if you had to justify the price. You can’t do that with the Motion — you can mention the battery and what appears to be top-notch build quality, but there are other touch-only phones in this price range (say, the OnePlus 5) that offer faster performance and additional tricks. This is really for workers and those BlackBerry fans who remain loyal, but not so loyal that they insist on physical keys.

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