Blackberry launches Aurora, an all touch Android phone with dual-SIM support that does not cost too much
Believe or not but there are mobile users who consider buying an expensive flagship phone an unnecessary waste of money thinking that the phone shouldn’t be nothing more than a communication tool. Aware of that, mobile makers launch tones on new mid-range phones each year to deliver smartphone experience for cheap. Recently, BlackBerry announced a new Android-based budget phone, and it’s not the KeyOne. Called Aurora the phone offers a curious combination of lower and upper specs labeled with a pocket-friendly price tag.
BlackBerry releases the Aurora that delivers Android Nougat experience, dual-SIM support and a mix of upper and low-end specs for cheap.
Design and Display
To begin from the external look, the BlackBerry Aurora is a 5.5-inch device speaking a rather fairy plain design language with a textured back case. Made out of plastic, the phablet measures 152 x 76.8 x 8.5mm and is available in three color variants: black, silver and gold. Encircled by pretty sizeable bezels the display sports 720x1280p of resolution which translates to 267 ppi of pixel density, so it surely isn’t a particularly sharp panel and even low pricing doesn’t excuse this serious oversight.
Unlike the majority of the BlackBerry’s handsets, the Aurora lacks the physical QWERTY keyboard the Canadian phones are famous from, which may be a bit disappointing for the brand biggest fans.
Power, OS and Camera
Moving on to the specs sheet, the Aurora comes driven by a rather entry-level quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz and coupled with 4GB RAM. Such processing parameters are surely capable of delivering a really smooth performance of Android 7.0 Nougat the handset runs out of box. This is a quite notable feature as there are still only few devices to work on this OS version, just as are 4GB of RAM found among others in the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 or the LG G6. As for storage space, the Aurora hides 32GB of built-in storage that may be easily expanded up to 256GB via microSD cards. In addition, the phone offers the DTEK security suite and dual-SIM support.
Manufactured by the Indonesian BB Merah Putih, at this point sadly the phone is an Indonesia exclusive offering. Priced at the equivalent of $261 the handset is scheduled to ship on March 12th. If you wondering whether it will be available in the States or Europe, the answer is “no”. Perhaps if the Aurora turns out to be a big sale success, BlackBerry in partnership with TLC will decide to launch a similarly equipped phone to the developed markets. However, if you’re looking for a BlackBerry’s affordable device right now, you can purchase the KeyOne that will debut globally this April.