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.

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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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20 Comments

1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

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

10. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

It's a she.

12. aklipii

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 29, 2010

nop is doge hhaha

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 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.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 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!

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

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.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 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!

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 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.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 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.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 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.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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.

7. laditude22longitude

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

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

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's lower mid-range specs, so its not absolutely low-end specs Low-end specs is stuff like Snapdragon 210 and 480p.

9. fyah_king unregistered

$99 for bf.

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