It was too late, though. The Aurora is an all-touchscreen smartphone, meaning it doesn't have any physical QWERTY keyboard like the KEYone does. In terms of battery life, the BlackBerry Motion is expected to deliver up to 26 hours of mixed usage, which is fairly impressive.
In 2015, BlackBerry launched the Priv, its first Android phone. As per the partnership, Chinese firm TCL will design and manufacture the device. The Canadian company is reportedly set to launch a new device, just months after the launch of BlackBerry KEYone. That phone even had the iconic Blackberry keyboard, which tempted some BlackBerry OS stalwarts to make the switch to Android. The image shows that the smartphone that is designed and built by TCL will indeed feature an all-touch design at the front. According to the ever notoriously trustworthy mobile phone leaker Evan Blass, it will be out in the wild as the BlackBerry Motion. The Motion seems like quite the flat black slab here. There's a volume rocker and a power button as standard, plus a darker button that could be for the camera or maybe even an assignable "action key" like on the KEYone.
Rumours also suggest that the smartphone will have a home button with a fingerprint scanner - a feature that appears to be confirmed in Mr Blass' photo. It definitely doesn't fit with the trend of minimizing bezel on modern smartphones.
The rendered image posted by Evan Blass also indicates that the forthcoming BlackBerry Motion handset will flaunt a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB Type-C port for charging at the bottom. Krypton is a great name but Motion will appeal to a wider audience. On a related note, Alex Thurber, general manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions recently revealed that BlackBerryPriv won't get Android 7.0 Nougat.