Lower-end BlackBerry 10 smartphone pictured again

Lower-end BlackBerry 10 smartphone pictured again
A $50 BlackBerry handset may never materialize, but a cheaper alternative to the company's current devices, namely the Z10 and Q10, may already be in the works. Actually, we think we have an idea as to how that mysterious lower-end BlackBerry will look like. The photo that you see here comes from a forum post and exposes a yet-unannounced BlackBerry model with a QWERTY keyboard. According to the member who posted the image, that's an "R-series" device – a spiritual successor to the Curve lineup, running BlackBerry 10 OS.

Now, this isn't the first time we see the said smartphone surface on the web. Back in December, it was spotted alongside the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. In fact, this might be the rumored entry-level BB10 handset we heard about hours ago, with specs inferior to those of its high-end siblings, but also with a lower retail price – somewhere in the $300-$400 range off-contract.

Most of its hardware specs are not yet known, yet word on the street has it that its battery cell with 1800mAh of charge while the 8GB of on-board storage will be expandable using a microSD card. A front-facing cam is also visible, and we're assuming there's a snapper on its back as well.

Whether this BlackBerry R10, or whatever its name turns out to be, is a device meant to be released on the market, isn't clear. It might be nothing more than a scrapped prototype or a developer's device. Or perhaps BlackBerry wants to wait and see how well its high-end models will sell and then decide whether it would launch a lower-end BB10 handset. Hopefully we'll learn more on the matter in the near future. 

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16 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

That looks absolutely horrible! Blackberry need to fire there design team if this and the z10 are the best they can come up with! The Q10 looks alright but this looks like a device from 5 years ago!

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

actually it looks pretty good still has those signature BB keys which are cylindrically sided

2. prinzeFalio

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

ugly, looks like motorola -__-

4. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

button are good looking and neat/........./.

5. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Looks like the HTC Cha Cha.

7. No_Nonsense unregistered

That's what I thought.

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

HTC cha cha is the phone that came into my mind when I saw the picture of that bb

13. marceldy

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

BB Rha Rha :p

6. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Ugly as hell, should be thrown to the fire

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL. The return of HTC ChaCha.... xD

10. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Blackberry is complete trash. There products are not making a comeback. Close the doors Thorsten!

11. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I see a HTC Status (HTC ChaCha) running BB10?

12. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

"Spiritual successor to the Blackberry Curve". I liked the form factor of the old Curves but they suffered from a lousy browser and a complete lack of horsepower. It may be a different story now.

14. papss unregistered

Wait? I thought the Z10 was their budget phone? My mistake ®©™

16. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

you probably make MANY mistakes!

15. papss unregistered

Honestly it looks like the Samsung blackjack

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