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BlackBerry Aurora going official on March 9 with mid-range specs, but packs 4GB RAM and 32GB storage

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BlackBerry Aurora going official on March 9 with mid-range specs, but packs 4GB RAM and 32GB storage

The Aurora is a new mid-range BlackBerry-branded smartphone that will soon make its debut in Indonesia. BlackBerry Aurora went on pre-order on the first day of the month, and it should have been available for purchase starting March 3.

However, it looks like PT BB Merah Putih, the company handling the distribution of BlackBerry smartphones in Indonesia, won't be launching the Aurora until tomorrow, March 9.

The smartphone will be available in three colors including Gold, Silver, and Black. Customers who pre-order the Aurora for $262 will also receive a free JBL Go Speaker and a flip case at some retailers.

As some of you may already know, the BlackBerry Aurora will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat on board. Spec-wise, this is clearly a mid-range handset aimed at emerging markets.

BlackBerry Aurora going official on March 9 with mid-range specs, but packs 4GB RAM and 32GB storage


The smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB expandable storage space. Also, it comes with dual-SIM support and a decent 5.5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution.

A 13-megapixel camera is packed on the back side, while in the front there's a secondary 8-megapixel camera for selfies and video calls.

We doubt the BlackBerry Aurora will be launched outside Indonesia, but a similar device with a different name could be released globally by Chinese company TCL.

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posted on 08 Mar 2017, 14:58 2

1. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Either that dude has extremely small hands or the screen is larger than 5.5 inches lol

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 20:01

10. IronTech (Posts: 106; Member since: 27 May 2016)


It's a she.

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 03:16

12. aklipii (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Dec 2010)


nop is doge hhaha

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 15:10

2. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


If this is a midrange device, then it needs to be priced accordingly. Blackberry doesn't seem to realize that though.

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 15:19 1

4. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)


BlackBerry doesn't price BlackBerry branded smartphones anymore, ever since September of 2016 when they got out of the hardware business. And they have absolutely no control, influence or say-so concerning how their hardware licensees price BlackBerry branded hardware.

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 06:08

13. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I don't believe that for one second. Seems like you're just trying to make excuses.

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 06:37

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I don't care what you believe. It's obvious that you're in denial.

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 16:35

17. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


No, it's obvious you're just wrong. At least Crispin had a better explanation than the garbage you spewed.

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 16:43

19. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lmao! If you're saying I'm wrong then you're saying Crispin is wrong, and we both said the same thing. I knew that you would agree with Crispin, who smacked you down and proved what I said is correct, yet here you are still trying to say that what I said is wrong. Your hypocrisy has reached new heights. Lmao!

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 15:14

15. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2075; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


You can believe what you want, it doesn't make it any less true. You're not very familiar with the nuances of licensing are you? HTC was nothing a little over a decade ago. They were a Taiwan-based manufacturer, not unlike Foxconn, who built phones for HP, Palm and others. They licensed HP's name to get a solid footing in the business until they could branch out on their own merits. BlackBerry is licensing their well-earned name and reputation to up-and-coming manufacturers and keeping their name in the public eye.

Here endeth the lesson Grasshopper.

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 16:34

16. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Yeah I'm familiar with licensing. Google did the same thing with the Nexus brand. It's where we got the best Android smartphone, the Nexus 6P, from. I'm just putting meanest in his place at the moment.

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 16:40

18. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Bwahahahahaha!! You just got put in your place by Crispin about what I said, and now you're backtracking. Lmao! Crispin just proved what I said is exactly true, and you agreed with him, thus acknowledging that what I said was correct. So it's obvious that YOU are the one that's wrong, and you just admitted it. Thanks for putting you in yourself in your place for me. Lmao!

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 17:03

20. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)


As you can see Crispin, mxyzidiot has acknowledged that you are speaking the truth, and thus, he is acknowledging that I told the truth, since we both are saying the same thing. But in his usual childish and hypocritical fashion, he won't admit it, and is still trying to say that I'm wrong, even though we both essentially said the same thing and he agreed that you're correct. I know you've been trying to teach him to be better, and I commend you on it, but you can't teach an ignorant trolling hypocritical idiot to be nothing more than an ignorant trolling hypocritical idiot. He can't even admit that I was correct and move on, so you're really just wasting your time.

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 15:16 1

3. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm interested to see real world performance of this handset. I'm wondering if the BlackBerry Android experience will be maintained across the different manufacturers.

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 15:30 1

5. meanestgenius (Posts: 16143; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm happy to see that this BlackBerry branded handset being released tomorrow will be running Nougat, but I'm waiting on its Nougat-powered sibling, the BlackBerry KEYone, being released next month.

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 15:34

6. trojan_horse (Posts: 4569; Member since: 06 May 2016)


I fail too see the point of pairing a massive 4GB RAM with a meastly Snapdragon 425 which, I think, can't make full use of that much RAM.

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 17:28

7. laditude22longitude (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Mar 2017)


blackberrys are for old people
this thing looks so much like the samsung s8 without the curve and less screen covering it

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 18:12

8. ibend (Posts: 6610; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


SD425 and 720p is not "mid-range specs"

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 23:14

11. trojan_horse (Posts: 4569; Member since: 06 May 2016)


It's lower mid-range specs, so its not absolutely low-end specs

Low-end specs is stuff like Snapdragon 210 and 480p.

posted on 08 Mar 2017, 18:25

9. fyah_king (Posts: 998; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


$99 for bf.

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