Rumors talk of a touchscreen-only BlackBerry midranger - the BlackBerry Rio (or Z20)

Rumors talk of a touchscreen-only BlackBerry midranger - the BlackBerry Rio (or Z20)
The folks at BlackBerry seem to be brewing a midranger without physical keys, dubbed "BlackBerry Rio". According to pictures, which allegedly portray the new smartphone, it looks a bit like the company's entry-level Z3 handset, though, rumors claim it has received a spec buff, launching it in mid-range territory.

Reportedly, BlackBerry says the Rio (a.k.a Z20) is aimed at “Power Pros who want to be considered by others as being current with technology, yet cost is a major consideration in their purchase decision.” – a pitch that reminds us of Microsoft's "Affordable flagship" motto for the Lumia 830, but extended into a bulkier sentence – let's hope that's not their official tagline for the phone.

Otherwise, the Rio is expected to pack a 5", 720p display, 8 MP / 2 MP camera combo, a 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core SnapDragon S4 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, a 2,800 mAh battery, and 16 GB of expandable internal storage. The handset is expected to launch around February 2015 with a price-tag of around $300.

The choice of CPU has us a bit baffled and we'd say a piece of info was probably skewed, while traveling down the rumor pipe, as this doesn't sound like a handset that's going to have its feet firmly planted in the 2015 midrange arena, especially now that phones are making the switch to 64-bit, quad- or octa-core processors en masse. Of course, BlackBerry runs its own proprietary software, which may or may not be optimized accordingly, so between that and the unconfirmed hardware information – we'd say it's still early to cast judgement.


source: N4BB via CrackBerry

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15 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Not a bad looking businesses phone at all. Keep on rolling it forward BB.

2. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Android? or this pic is rendered

3. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

Nope that actually is BB os

15. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

your lacking intelligence.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

A BB Classic for low end range would be a plus for young proffesionals would be great too.

5. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Hopefully it does well for them, but didn't the Z series do not so well since BB fans love that physical keyboard?

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Ugh. I love BB10, but I want a flagship touchscreen-only device. The Z30 and Z10 exist already for people who want something affordable.

9. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I agree. I definitely would not want this just because it lacks 1080p screen. They should be working on a Z40 with 5.5 inch screen and large battery.

7. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

SD S4 ... current with technology. "does not compute"... *head explodes*

10. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I think John Chen not serious enough to resurrect BB. This power hungry CPU will have to compete with the brand new CPU (SD 415, 615) that were great at power saving, and have EVEN CHEAPER than this $300 BB Joke. Or maybe BB have too much SD S4 at hand because they failed to sell a lot of device, and recycle the old mainboard, because they already fired all the engineering.

8. Jonas_london

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Its front end look like copy of xiaomi mi 3.. .

11. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

WoW,, to be honest,, as much as I love Android, this actually got my attention in a big way.. If the BB app market or whatever they call it has all the apps I want and need, I might just make the Jump assuming there are more phones coming down too, not just this one..

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

BB can actually run android apps via sideload or you can download the Amazon App Store to it and run any apps that has. It won't have 100% compatibility of course but it does a good job handling things.

13. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

This is what Blackberry doesn't need. Budget phones don't bring in consumers high end flagship do. Blackberry need to get back n the game and media with high end flagship devices then after they get they're consumer base growing again they can go ahead and ruin their name again by releasing low end low budget phones.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry is not trying to bring in the "average consumer". They're not even aiming their devices at the consumer market for the most part. A device like this is designed for the low end, entry level part of the market in developing countries where the BlackBerry name is still strong. Their high end devices like the Passport is aimed squarely at the enterprise market. I wish people would understand this, as John Chen himself has said thus many times.

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