Blackberry in its heyday was an enterprise juggernaut. The brand was known by everybody and the products were also ubiquitous. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and now it’s no longer a major player in the Smartphone market. There are Samsung And apple that have knocked it off its throne. But for fans, you should know that Blackberry is still here. After launching the KEYone, the company comes up with another great device, the Blackberry Motion. Blackberry was synonymous with QWERTY keyboards. The KEYone tried to bring back that appeal. The Motion is different since it doesn’t have a physical keyboard.
Smartphones look similar nowadays, but it doesn’t stop the Blackberry Motion from being recognizable. The bottom corners are rounded, as opposed to the top corners which are squared off. This is a unique combination since most phones stick with one shape. If it’s round, then all corners are usually rounded. The exterior is made of metal with a dark grey finish. Overall, the phone looks attractive and the kevlar-like pattern on the back reinforces its Blackberry appeal. The power button is relocated to the right side. It sits next to the volume rocker. Place this and the KEYone side by side, you’ll notice that the Motion is slightly bigger. It even feels bigger than the iPhone 8 plus. Another premium feature it has to offer is water and dust resistance, as proven by the IP67 rating.
There’s nothing that really stands out about the screen. It’s a premium device, so the 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel is expected. Even the 1080 x 1920 doesn’t put it ahead of other rivals in its segment. Being an LCD, so you won’t be able to enjoy true deep blacks or saturated colors like those on an OLED display. It’s by no means bad, but there are some clear differences. If you’ve seen AMOLED displays before, we’re sure you can guess what the Motion’s screen looks like. Color reproduction is beautiful. Colors particularly look natural, not oversaturated like on some panels.
Cameras are a basic addition to a Smartphone, but not all deliver in this area. Thankfully for the Motion Blackberry, the camera is reliable. It comes with a 12MP sensor with 4k video recording capability. It can also scan documents and business card, making it ideal for business use. Pictures taken by the rear camera look very nice. The selfie camera also does decently here. On top of that, both are equipped with electronic photo / video stabilization.
Given the mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor, the Blackberry Motion delivers decent performance. It handles daily tasks smoothly. There’s 4GB of RAM inside to ensure that you can run multiple apps at a time. The storage capacity is 32GB, while not the highest, can be expanded up to 256GB. Another highlight of the device is its 4,000mAh battery, which promises 32 hours of use on a single charge. Of course, it can be extended by putting power-draining features into sleep. The best part is it comes with Quick Charge 3.0, a feature that many flagships have. It takes around 40 minutes to charge the battery to a 50% (half full) level.
Blackberry Motion specs:
- 5.5-inch (1080 x 1920) IPS LCD
- Snapdragon 625 processor
- 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage
- microSD card support
- 12MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera
- 4,000mAh battery
- Quick Charge 3.0