BlackBerry unveils first water-resistant phone

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2017 09:19 AM

MANILA - BlackBerry on Monday announced its first water-resistant smartphone, the full touchscreen Motion, which also comes a large battery.

The metal rim and textured back on the handset, which sports a 5.5-inch screen, is similar to the KEYone, which has a smaller screen to give space for a physical keyboard. Both devices run Google's Android software and the Motion will ship with version 7.1 Nougat.

The Motion has an IP67 rating, meaning it is dust resistant and can withstand up to 30 minutes under water for up to 1 meter deep, according to specifications released by fan site CrackBerry and other tech websites.

This puts the Motion at par with the water and dust resistance of Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but behind the IP68 rating of Samsung's Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8.

BlackBerry's newest handset has a 4,000mAh battery, compared to smaller capacities on larger screen devices such as the Note 8, which has a 3,300mAh cell powering a 6.3-inch screen.

BlackBerry once dominated the smartphone market but its luster faded after the introduction in 2007 of the Apple iPhone and the large number of low-cost Android devices that followed.

Chinese electronics giant TCL manufactures BlackBerry devices under license from the Canadian firm.