Blackberry's next all-touchscreen smartphone leaks out
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.