A new BlackBerry handset has landed less than two weeks after the KeyOne was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s called Aurora, and it was designed and manufactured by BB Merah Putih, the company licensed to sell BlackBerry-branded devices in Indonesia.
The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) based BlackBerry Aurora runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display. The BlackBerry Aurora is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. In terms of optics, the BlackBerry Aurora packs a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.
The BlackBerry Aurora comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (maximum capacity not specified). In terms of connectivity options, the smartphone offers 4G LTE connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/ n. The device houses 3000mAh battery. It measures 152×76.8×8.5mm and weighs 178 grams.
Indonesia is one of the few countries that isn’t covered by BlackBerry’s deal with TCL, the Chinese firm responsible for the KeyOne and the DTEK series of devices. This allows BB Merah Putih to produce devices carrying the BlackBerry name. However, it means that it’s highly unlikely we’ll see the Aurora on sale in any other market.
Of course, you probably will be able to import one to the U.S. and other territories by buying the Aurora online from a third-party seller, but we’ll be holding onto our cash for the KeyOne.