BlackBerry goes full touchscreen with new smartphone

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The BlackBerry Walk has ditched the brand’s signature keyboard and has a 14cm-wide touchscreen, with an Apple-style living quarters button at the bottom.

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BlackBerry has launched its head all-screen smartphone, ditching the keyboard for a touchscreen like competitors Apple and Samsung.

Apple-style qualified in button

In a similar style to the iPhone, the Blackberry Motion has a home button at the basis of the screen, which also works as a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone. The button is rectangular, with the BlackBerry escutcheon on it.

The phone is water and dust resistant, says BlackBerry parent retinue TCL Communication, and also has an 14cm anti-scratch display and the largest battery ever old in a BlackBerry phone.

It has an aluminium frame and a soft-grip textured back. It has quick-charging capabilities, a battery individual of 32 hours, and runs on Android software. Apps can be purchased fully the Google Play store.

It also has a “locker” feature that permits users to save photos and documents directly to internal storage more readily than to a cloud, and a “convenience key” that allows users to quickly determine customised settings depending on whether they are at home, at work or itinerant.

This includes connecting to a home wifi network or in-car Bluetooth, or highlighting conferences or apps that are commonly-used in different places such as home or apply.

Follows BlackBerry KeyOne launch

The launch of the new phone comes after BlackBerry released its smartphone BlackBerry KeyOne in Cortege, which combined both a classic keyboard and touchscreen.

This aped the company dropping its original smartphone from sale, the Classic handset, which was tendered in 1999 and ran on the company’s own operating system Blackberry OS. The well-known business phone was over b delayed landscape-ways rather than portrait and had a keyboard rather than a touchscreen.

The phone was dropped after BlackBerry’s subscribers plummeted by 62 million between 2013 and 2016, as more people determined smartphones that ran on iOS and Android software, according to the Guardian.

The Blackberry Gesticulation will be available to buy for £399 in the UK through shops such as Carphone Lines, Selfridges, John Lewis and PC World, from November this year.

It choose also be available for “other select markets”, though these prepare yet to be specified.

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