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Lower-end BlackBerry 10 smartphone pictured again

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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.

Can you say BlackBerry R10?

Can you say BlackBerry R10?

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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posted on 05 Apr 2013, 03:22 4

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 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!

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 03:59 4

3. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

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

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 03:41 4

2. prinzeFalio (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

ugly, looks like motorola -__-

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 04:33 3

4. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 05:05 10

5. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 169; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Looks like the HTC Cha Cha.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 06:09 3

7. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

That's what I thought.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 08:01 2

8. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 11:36 1

13. marceldy (Posts: 18; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

BB Rha Rha :p

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 05:21 4

6. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Ugly as hell, should be thrown to the fire

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 08:22 3

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 09:31 1

10. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 09:53

11. NateAdam8 (Posts: 388; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 09:57

12. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 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.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 18:05

14. papss (unregistered)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 17:43

16. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

you probably make MANY mistakes!

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 18:07

15. papss (unregistered)

Honestly it looks like the Samsung blackjack

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