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BlackBerry Motion to be Priced at €499 in Europe, Claims Retailer

BlackBerry’s all-new full touchscreen Android smartphone, the Motion could be more affordable than the KeyOne in Europe. Dutch retailer Belsimpel suggests the smartphone will carry a 499 EUR price tag in the region, which is 100 EUR lower than the KeyOne’s launch price in Europe. Since the KeyOne and Motion are very similar in terms of the hardware specs, the Motion is certainly going to offer better value for money compared to the KeyOne, unless you truly value the physical QWERTY keyboard. That said, it does still seem to be slightly on the higher side, considering the popular but outdated Snapdragon 625 SoC under the hood. Unfortunately, we still have no clear idea as to when the Motion will actually land in Europe. For now, BlackBerry has only announced that it will soon be available in the Middle East.

The BlackBerry Motion features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution and a pixel density of 401 PPI. Running under the hood is Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 625 clocked at 2.0 GHz, with an Adreno 506 GPU. In the memory department, BlackBerry Motion is identical to the KeyOne Black Edition, packing 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The storage can be further expanded by up to 256GB with a microSD card.

At the rear, we find a 12MP resolution Sony IMX378 sensor paired with an f/2.0 aperture lens and phase detection auto focus. In terms of video, the Motion can capture videos at up to 4K Ultra HD. The selfie camera on the front offers 8-megapixel resolution. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C, and LTE. The fingerprint sensor on the device is embedded inside the physical home button on the front. One of the key highlights of the handset is its large 4000mAh capacity battery with fast charging support. As for the software, BlackBerry Motion runs on Android 7.1 Nougat OS with the entire suite of BlackBerry services pre-installed.  The actual skin is minimal though, so you shouldn’t have to worry about much bloatware.