The BlackBerry Aurora has been popping up for a couple of weeks now, and the company finally announced this smartphone. Following the device’s unofficial listing, the phone has now been unveiled in Indonesia. It turns out that leaked renders were spot on when it comes to the design of this smartphone, and the same can be said for its specifications as well. The BlackBerry Aurora comes with a mid-range set of specs, though it also includes an entry-level SoC, and will probably be available in emerging markets, if it ever leaves Indonesia, considering that John Chen said this device is ‘made for Indonesia’.
The BlackBerry Aurora has been announced in Indonesia by BB Merah Putin, following the brand licensing agreement which was signed with BlackBerry back in September last year. “We are very excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity to launch the BlackBerry Aurora in Indonesia,” said BB Merah Putin. The BlackBerry Aurora is actually the first BlackBerry-branded smartphone that officially came to Indonesia. BlackBerry’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobility Solutions added that the company is glad that the phone is now available in Indonesia, while he also said that the company focuses on software innovation, and is determined to deliver high-quality smartphone to the market. He also mentioned the security aspect of BlackBerry’s devices, as the company always puts a huge focus on security, and the BlackBerry Aurora is no exception it seems.
The BlackBerry Aurora comes with a metal frame, on-screen buttons, and the company’s logo is placed below its display. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 64-bit quad-core SoC fuels this smartphone, while the phone also packs in 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. This handset also sports a 5.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, and offers 4G LTE connectivity. A 3,000mAh battery is also a part of this package, and a 13-megapixel shooter is placed on the back of the Blackberry Aurora. An 8-megapixel camera can be found on the front side of the device, and there are two SIM card slots included here as well. Android 7.0 Nougat comes pre-installed on the phone, while you’ll find BlackBerry’s UI on top of it. The BlackBerry Aurora is priced at IDR 3,499,000 ($262) in Indonesia, and consumers in the country can pre-order it through various online stores. Pre-order period will last until March 12, after which the devices will be shipped to consumers.