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Blackberry's next all-touchscreen smartphone leaks out

The next all-touchscreen smartphone from BlackBerry has surfaced. (Source: Evan Blass)
The next all-touchscreen smartphone from BlackBerry has surfaced. (Source: Evan Blass)
Serial leaker Evan Blass has introduced the new BlackBerry Motion to the world. The new device will be the third touchscreen-only Android-based model from the the once dominant Canadian smartphone maker.

BlackBerry’s third all-touchscreen Android phone is set to hit the market soon and has taken a bow thanks to Evan Blass. As with its first DTEK50 and DTEK60, the new BlackBerry Motion will be a re-branded device from TCL with some BlackBerry-specific design touches. Based on the leaked specs, it should be a fairly inexpensive mid-range device. Its design language certainly won’t threaten any of the high-end competition on the market, although it is more contemporary than the DTEK models.

The BlackBerry Motion (formerly known by its codename “Krypton”) will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 645 SoC with at least 2 GB of RAM. It will pack a reasonably high-capacity 4,000 mAh battery, which should have no trouble keeping its 1080 5-inch display going all day. From the pictures, we can also discern that it will have a home button garnished with the famous BlackBerry logo that could also possibly double as a fingerprint sensor. Thankfully, it features a new USB-C type port as well as a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

BlackBerry’s latest Android-powered smartphones run a relatively stock Android interface that it has taken extra steps to ensure has been properly locked down from a security perspective. It is not clear which version of Android that the new Motion will be running, but we expect that it will more than likely be Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Given the additional “under the hood” work that Blackberry takes to secure its BlackBerry-branded Android devices, it could be some time before we see a version of its Android operating system based on Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-10- 6 (Update: 2017-10- 9)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.