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  • BlackBerry Motion packs frugal processor, big battery

    The BlackBerry KeyOne stood out thanks to a well-sized battery, physical keyboard and the ever-popular-if-slightly-underpowered Snapdragon 625 processor. But what if you want something more traditional? Well, that's where the IP67-toting BlackBerry Motion comes in. Spotted by Evan Blass last week, Crackberry has revealed the full specs. So what should you expect? Those wanting a more powerful phone will be disappointed, as it's still the ever-reliable Snapdragon 625 processor. Otherwise, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage rounds out the water-resistant package. Other notable additions include a more traditional 5.5-inch full HD LCD screen (eschewing the physical keyboard of the KeyOne)...

  • BlackBerry Motion leaked, set to be all-touch, water-resistant

    TCL has done a decent job with the BlackBerry brand thus far, launching the capable (yet pricey) KeyOne earlier this year. But the company still has one more device up its sleeve, and it could be another solid smartphone. Serial leaker Evan Blass has revealed a render of what's called the BlackBerry Motion, showing an all-touch phone with mostly stock Android. Goodbye, Krypton. Hello, BlackBerry Motion pic.twitter.com/lBsdpORHW4 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 5, 2017 The render also shows off a USB Type C port, earphone jack and a home button with BlackBerry logo (could it be a fingerprint scanner too?). But we also see a...

  • BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: a dying donkey, or an inspired dark horse?

    Remember BlackBerry? Remember those budget Curve devices that introduced a slew of people to the internet? Remember BIS? The service that offered users a seemingly uncapped internet service for a set fee each month? We do, and we miss that BlackBerry. Dearly. Current "BlackBerry" isn't exactly what it used to be back in the 2000s. Yes, that ergonomic keyboard hasn't gone anywhere, and much of the spirit of the company lives on through its latest devices. But TCL -- the same company behind Alcatel's phones -- are now making the phones, and simply slapping that fruity embellishment on their rear covers. While...

  • Q&A: Will the new BlackBerry find success in today’s mobile world?

    The BlackBerry KeyOne, available in South Africa from 8 August, represents the first device borne out of a partnership between BlackBerry and TCL Communication (BlackBerry Mobile). But what's their strategy? How will they follow on from the original BlackBerry and can they avoid the same mistakes? We sat down with the company's executives... The first thing that struck me about the BlackBerry KeyOne was how expensive it was compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Huawei Nova. But BlackBerry Mobile senior executive Bob El-Hawary says they're not about a "like for like comparison". "The users who are buying the...

  • BlackBerry KeyOne gets official SA price, release info

    We managed to get the BlackBerry KeyOne prepaid price from Cellucity some time back, but what's the official word? "Starting on the 8 August, next week, it'll be available across Vodacom and other stores," the company's Bob El-Hawary told Gearburn in an interview. "Prepaid, it's R9649. And contract, it's R479 per month on a U Choose Flexi 200..." The KeyOne packs a mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and a 4.5-inch 1080x1620 display. The phone is also one of the few Android devices to pack a physical keyboard, complete with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the spacebar. The...

  • New BlackBerry vs new Nokia: who will actually win? [Column]

    The story of 2017 has really been one of phoenixes (phoenixii, phoenii?) rising from the ashes, as both the Nokia and BlackBerry brands are back on the market. Nokia, coming back courtesy of HMD Global, has already seen three smartphones launch, in the form of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. Meanwhile, the BlackBerry name has been used by TCL Communications in order to launch the BlackBerry KeyOne smartphone earlier this year. Who is actually poised to emerge the winner though? Nokia's smartphones are still slowly making their way around the world, but it's clear they seem to be hitting the...

  • BlackBerry KeyOne gets South African price courtesy of Cellucity [Update]

    Update, 27 July 2017: Cellucity marketing manager Gavin Geldenhuys has told us that the initial price given to Gearburn was incorrect. The representative said that "the correct recommended retail price will be R9599". He also confirmed that the phone would be available on Vodacom contract from R479 a month. If confirmed as a recommended price across all retailers, BlackBerry's handset is actually the most expensive smartphone with the mid-range Snapdragon 625 chip. The similarly specced Redmi Note 4 is looking even more attractive... Original article: The BlackBerry KeyOne is coming to South Africa pretty soon. In fact, BlackBerry Mobile/TCL's local representatives sent out...

  • 4 flagship phones released in 2016 that are worth buying now

    The latest and greatest smartphones are always lovely to own, but you don't really need to buy them if you want a premium mobile experience. After all, last year's high-end phones still make for a great proposition, especially now that their prices have seen a notable dip for the most part. So with that in mind, we've got a few flagships, released locally last year, that you should consider. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Arguably 2016's best smartphone, the Galaxy S7 Edge manages to combine so many killer features into a pleasant design. In fact, I'd go so far to say that it's...

  • MWC 2017: BlackBerry Mercury detailed, renamed

    Following its first appearance at CES 2017, the BlackBerry Mercury has officially been detailed in Barcelona. But the device has also been renamed, now being dubbed the BlackBerry KEYone. The TCL-produced smartphone, running Android 7.1, is the first under a new licensing strategy by BlackBerry. Otherwise, it offers a 4.5-inch 1620x1080 display, touch-sensitive hardware keyboard, fingerprint scanner and "convenience key" for customisable shortcuts. Other notable specifications include a frugal but not quite heavyweight Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, USB Type C and a large 3505mAh battery (BlackBerry claims quick charging to 50% in 36 minutes). The camera experience also...

  • Surprise! BlackBerry DTEK60 is now official

    BlackBerry may not be designing its own hardware anymore, but that hasn't stopped it from revealing the DTEK60 Android smartphone. The new handset is a follow-up of sorts to the DTEK50, which was only released a few months ago anyway. Of course, BlackBerry will be lending its name to other hardware manufacturers, and judging by the DTEK range, they've been teaming up with TCL for a while now. The DTEK50 looked like a rebadged TCL/Alcatel Idol 4S, while the new DTEK60 bears a resemblance to the TCL 950. The BlackBerry DTEK60 is perhaps more evidence of the company's future hardware plans This extends to the cameras (21MP...