• TCL Announces The BlackBerry Motion



    What better way to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving than with a new BlackBerry? Let's just maybe overlook that it was announced in Dubai, and its availability at launch will be limited to that part of the world.

    The BlackBerry Motion, known previously by its codename "Krypton", is a touchscreen-only device. Here are the notable specs, courtesy of CrackBerry:

    Snapdragon 625 processor
    5.5 inch FHD IPS LCD display with Dragon Tail Glass (?)
    4 GB RAM / 32 GB storage plus microSD
    12 MP rear camera with PDAF
    8 MP selfie camera with flash
    4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
    IP67 water resistance
    Headphone jack (!)

    The Motion will be available for purchase in the Middle East before the end of the month, and will apparently be the first BlackBerry sold in the region with dual SIM capabilities. It won't be the world's first dual SIM BB, however; that honour goes to an Indian variant of the KeyOne—at least that's what TechRadar says.

    UAE pricing for this mid-range BlackBerry works out to less than $500 USD. I'd expect to see the Motion available in North America before too long, but maybe not the dual SIM version. Just a hunch.

    Sources: CrackBerry, TechRadar

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    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      TBH, dual SIMs aren't really needed as much in NA as they are in other parts of the world where it's common for people to use more than one carrier for different purposes, and I've never understood why some get bent out of shape when we don't get the DS variants over here. What a lot of people don't realise is that the second SIM tray is usually also the SD card tray and you can't use both at the same time (a la Indian KEYone for an example). I would imagine most people would appreciate the expandable memory over a DS tray for the amount of times you would need it.

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    1. GSMinCT's Avatar
      GSMinCT -
      Would be nice to have dual-SIM phones here, but no one makes one that would be very useful. The only ones I've seen don't have CDMA. I'd love to have, say, an xfinitymobile SIM with an AT&T SIM, or a VZ Tracfone SIM with an AT&T SIM.
    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      I quite like the look of this device. Tons of people are complaining about the chip speed but quite honestly, how much faster is the 820 in real world use? That 4,000m battery tied to the 1080 screen and chip set should last for days! If the rumoured price of around $465 USD is true I may pick one up but only after waiting for a couple of months to see if they launch a different version, a-la KEYone.

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    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      Oh, and one of the versions has B66 for T-Mobile and Freedom Mobile LTE.

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    1. i0wnj00's Avatar
      i0wnj00 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mann Incognito View Post
      TBH, dual SIMs aren't really needed as much in NA as they are in other parts of the world where it's common for people to use more than one carrier for different purposes, and I've never understood why some get bent out of shape when we don't get the DS variants over here. What a lot of people don't realise is that the second SIM tray is usually also the SD card tray and you can't use both at the same time (a la Indian KEYone for an example). I would imagine most people would appreciate the expandable memory over a DS tray for the amount of times you would need it.
      I seem to remember that dual SIM versions also only LTE/HSPA+ for one slot while the second slot is only for 2G/GSM. I'm not sure if this has been fixed but this made dual SIM version a less than ideal solution. I thought about going the dual SIM route but when I travel outside the USA, the networks I use support LTE/HSPA+ so support for 2G/GSM doesn't really do much for me when the international networks I use also support LTE/HSPA+. At this point, I would rather carry more phones than be stuck with a device that doesn't support LTE/HSPA+ on both SIM slots.
    1. turbogeek's Avatar
      turbogeek -
      Dual SIM in North America would give consumers a bit more influence and drive actual competition, as they could for example get their voice service from one operator while choosing a different provider for data. I would love to see Dual-SIM Dual-Active 4G become a reality in North America.

      It is still the case, in Canada at least, that some 'tablet' data plans are far cheaper than data tied to a 'phone' package. Or voice might be a small consideration, so a prepaid texting package and separate data plan could work out significantly cheaper for some users.

      There are numerous threads in the forums with people trying to game the system for better rates, and as far as I'm concerned some markets here could use gaming. Dual-SIM would help achieve that.
    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      Rumoured price seems to be about $475 USD/$580 CAD. Have decided to wait on ordering a KEYone BE and see how the Motion shapes up in Canada; carrier support, price, etc. Grown a bit apathetic about the whole PKB thing but I still love BB's VKB.