Pictures of a new BlackBerry-branded smartphone leaked out


Although Chinese company TCL is now in charge of the design, development, and distribution of BlackBerry-branded smartphones at a global level, there are specific locations where BlackBerry handed its license to launch its handsets to other companies.

Indonesia is one the markets where BlackBerry still has a consistent market share, so it makes perfect sense for the Canadian company to want to maintain that, or even expand it. The best way to do that is to let a native company handle the design and distribution of BlackBerry smartphones.

PT BB Merah Putih and BlackBerry signed an agreement a few months ago that allows the former to release BlackBerry-branded smartphones in Indonesia.

One of the first devices that could make its debut in the country is a mid-range smartphone, which is known under the model number BBC100-1.

Two images of the phone have been recently leaked, along with a few other tidbits that we didn't know about, such as the fact that it will come with dual-SIM support and a 3,000 mAh battery.

Previous rumors claim the new BlackBerry-branded smartphone will be powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. A large 5.5-inch HD (720p) display is supposed to be part of the specs list as well.

Since the BlackBerry BBC100-1 has already been certified in Indonesia, the next logical step would be for PT BB Merah Putih to make it official.

source: CrackBerry

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21 Comments

1. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

That's certainly one of their more appealing designed Android phones! I would love for BB to start seeing green again! I hope these devices they put out help them get their feet back on the ground

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Now this seems like a true successor to Z Series complete with that "Blackberry" Logo at the bottom of the screen...! I like it... But... It sure is funny to see that some people here find phones with analogue physical clickers, chunky weight, mid-range specs at flagship level price, weird screen resolution and pathetic screen-to-body ratio more appealing, which I find quite appalling, really... In any case, I sure wish that RIM Make a customized version of Android, heavily inspired by the ill-fated BB10 OS. Nothing against stock Android, but almost all forked version of Androids are getting closer and closer to stock Android... Look at GraceUX and Huawei EMUI 5.0. Once these versions used to be vastly different than stock, but now they're looking quite similar to stock, specially The EMUI which has taken a HUGE LEAP back to its roots... What else? The upcoming Nokia Trio also look like Pixel Clones (No offense)... So... I'd sure love to see something different...! Oh well, G'Day!

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21740; Member since: May 28, 2014

And that's how we know that you've never used a BlackBerry Secured Android handset. There are already a few BB10 inspired apps and features on BlackBerry Secured Android, such as the Hub and certain swipe gestures, with more cominng over. But don't let the facts get in the way of your ignorance.

2. Subie

Posts: 2342; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I hope this device looks better in person. After TCL's Dtek phones and now the Blackberry designed KEYone, this looks like a letdown in design.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. The DTEK60 looked great. This is just so ugly.

7. Subie

Posts: 2342; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Blackberry's usually have a classy and sophisticated look to me. In my minds eye I'm just not digging this design... for a Blackberry.

15. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

It surely is ugly. I agree too.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21740; Member since: May 28, 2014

@Subie This device wasn't designed/manufactured by TCL. (I'm sure you know that, Subie :) ) TCL has nothing to do with it at all. It's BlackBerry's Indonesian partner that's handling design, marketing, pricing, etc in that region. I'm not a fan of the back, but the front looks like every other generic slab on the market.

12. Subie

Posts: 2342; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, I knew that, and that's why I gave TCL and Blackberry props for their most recent designs. It just looks like a shell clicked onto a screen to me. It also doesn't help that I've been drooling over the KEYone's design on the weekend :) So while this isn't a BB design, it still has their logo and name slapped on it and I wish it would feel and look more like a proper stable mate to the others. Just my humble opinion on this one.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21740; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, considering that BlackBerry is involved in making sure that the handsets that carry their name are up to snuff, I'm sure it's at least solidly built and will live up to BlackBerry's expectations, performance wise. But I agree, it's an ugly handset, especially when put next to the KEYone, DTEK devices, and the PRIV.

3. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

...Someone catch me. I think I'm in love...

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Taste is subjective, I know... In case some Nimrod takes this too seriously.

6. SnoopDogg

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 07, 2017

nice design

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is a Fierce XL with 4GB of RAM. The Windows version I had came 2 gigs and in-app performance was so-so. Everything else was pretty crappy.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21740; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not designed by TCL, though. This is a PT BB Merah Putih design. Looks like they took some cues from the Fierce XL, though.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21740; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely not for me, but I'm still eager to see how real life performance will be.

14. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Super Dope design, just with the specs were higher. It's always a bummer when a brilliantly designed smartphone releases, but with meh specs. Then they never translate that design language over to an higher end relative.

18. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I don't like it. It doesn't represent the BlackBerry iconic design, like in KEYone. KEYone is amazing, and I hope I can find one with multiple language keyboard when it gets released.

19. GeekOFW

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

This kinda looks like the S4 LOL

20. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

This design sucks... The other BB handsets are way better aesthetically.

21. miketer

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Looks like a Lumia 640 XL

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