BlackBerry has a new flagship phone --  and it doesn't have a keyboard

BlackBerry MotionBlackBerryThe new BlackBerry Motion.

BlackBerry has a new flagship phone called the “Motion,” and for the first time since Chinese electronics giant TCL took over the firm’s smartphone business late last year, it doesn’t have a physical keyboard (we first saw the news via AndroidPolice).

The company announced the phone at Dubai’s GITEX Technology Week, but is planning to launch the phone globally.

Save for the processor, Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 625, the Motion is a relatively high-end device: It has a 5.5-inch, 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a fingerprint reader, and 12 and 8MP cameras on the back and front, respectively.

These are all rather standard specs, but a few things things make the Motion stand out: For one, the phone is IP67 rated, meaning that it’s both water and dust resistant. Then there’s the battery, which is a monstrously big 4000mAh unit.

The phone has support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charging (v3.0) via USB-C and Android Nougat 7.1 on board, so battery life should not be a problem — although there is no word on an update to Android Oreo as of yet. There is also a headphone jack.

The phone will first be released in the Middle East, which is also the only country where prices have been announced: AED/SAE 1699 (about $US450/£340).

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