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Blackberry ditches the keyboard as it reveals its all-touchscreen ‘Motion’ handset with a 5.5-inch screen

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Blackberry has officially confirmed its latest device will be ditching the keyboard, once seen as a key selling point for the firm’s handsets.

TCL, the Chinese electronics company behind its manufacture, launched the new Motion gadget at the Gitex Technology Week in Dubai.

The device will initially be launched in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, before becoming available elsewhere.

It features 5.5-inch screen, headphone jack, a fingerprint reader, 12 MP camera and a huge 4,000mAh battery.

The mid-range device is powered by a Snapdragon 625 CPU, backed up by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space

The mid-range Motion is powered by a Snapdragon 625 CPU, backed up by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space.

The front of the six inch tall device is mostly taken up by a 5.5-inch 1080p display, as well as a fingerprint scanning home button.

On the rear, a 12-megapixel camera with dual-tone LED flash can take high quality stills and shoot 4K video at 30 fps.

The Motion is IP67 water-resistant and comes equipped with a 4,000mAh battery, providing almost twice as much charge as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

On the rear, a 12-megapixel camera with dual-tone LED flash can take high quality stills and shoot 4K video at 30 fps

That means the a full day’s use without the need to top up should be a realistic prospect.

The handset will come equipped with a BlackBerry tweaked version of Android 7.0 Nougat, the predecessor to the recently released 8.0 Oreo edition.

A global launch date and price is yet to be announced for the Motion.

In the UAE, it is priced at 1,700 dirham (£350 / $460).

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