BlackBerry’s Motion ‘all-touch’ £399 smartphone is available for UK pre-order

BlackBerry fans rejoice as the BlackBerry Motion is now available to pre-order for £399, marking the brand’s move into ‘all-touch’ smartphones. 

Coming to the UK in time for Christmas this year, the BlackBerry Motion eschews the company’s trademark QWERTY keyboards, last seen in the BlackBerry KEYone, for a handset that relies completely on its touchscreen to handle keyboard matters.

The Motion is not the first BlackBerry phone to ditch the QWERTY keyboard, as the DTEK 60 is also keyboard free. But the Motion is a flagship BlackBerry phone rather than a lower-end handset designed to offer BlackBerry’s secure software services rather than showcase its hardware design.

However, BlackBerry, in conjunction with its phone making partner TCL, appear to have decided it’s time to shed some of the BlackBerry brand’s traditions with the Motion, which is available for pre-order today from the Carphone Warehouse; the likes of Currys, John Lewis and Amazon are set to stock the handset from November.

For £399, the Motion is offering Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and a 5.5-inch full HD display. Other features include IP67 water and dust resistance, a first for BlackBerry handsets, a 12MP camera and a large 4,000mAh battery.

The spec sheet of the motion will not set pulses racing when compared to high-end phones like the Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but the Motion will still be a halo handset for BlackBerry and will likely act as a showcase for its professional-grade services, particularly as a key part of the Motion is the ‘Locker’ feature that can store documents and photos that can only be accessed with a PIN or fingerprint even if the phone is unlocked.

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