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