The device is currently being launched exclusively in the Indonesian market by BB Merah Putih, who own the license to manufacture, market and sell BlackBerry-branded devices in the country.
Unlike the KeyOne, BlackBerry Aurora doesn’t feature a physical QWERTY.
“BlackBerry Aurora delivers a high-quality mobile experience, with advanced technology, a wealth of capabilities, and access to millions of apps, making it the perfect device for both work and entertainment. It’s for people who love apps but value their privacy,” stated Alex Thurber, VP and GM, Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry.
Display, Design and Camera
The new Android-based device by BlackBerry features a 5.5-inch HD display but doesn’t sport its iconic QWERTY design as was seen on the KeyOne and instead goes for the usual run-of-the-mill design seen on a majority of other smartphones.
The device sports a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera.
The BlackBerry Aurora is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 chipset supported by Adreno 308 GPU and clocks at a maximum of 1.4GHz. The company could’ve done a better job as far as this aspect of the specs goes.
Ample Memory and Storage
The new device boasts of a 4GB RAM alongwith 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD card.
Battery, OS and Security
The device will be backed by a 3000mAh battery unit, which the company claims can last for up to 20 hours of mixed usage and 30 hours on standby.
It runs on the latest Android Nougat out-of-the-box and also incorporates BlackBerry’s productivity suites and privacy app which was found on their DTEK devices. Needless to say, the device will receive regular security updates from BlackBerry.
“The BlackBerry Aurora is the first BlackBerry device in the world to be equipped with dual-SIM functionality. This new device is designed with full entertainment features and also delivers the productivity, privacy and security that the BlackBerry brand delivers,” said Stanly Widjaja, Vice President, BB Merah Putih.
The device is expected to command a price of Rs. 17,500 (approximately).
BlackBerry Aurora is a mid-range device aimed at developing nations and although it’s mostly packed with mid-range specs, the privacy and security it offers are unparalleled in the smartphone universe.