BlackBerry launches new smartphone: Aurora

After years of struggling to stay pertinent in a world ruled by Android and iOS, BlackBerry, earlier called Research in Motion, has finally released its first, much-awaited smartphone KEYone in Mobile World Congress held recently. Now, hardly a few weeks after the MWC, it has announced yet another Android phone called Aurora in Indonesia.

BlackBerry Aurora is manufactured by BB Merah Putih, which holds the licence to make, market, and see BlackBerry phones in Indonesia.

Aurora’s specifications are pretty attractive and will certainly appeal to a large number of smartphone users. The phone features a 5.5-inch display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution and runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat). The device is powered by 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor with Adreno 308 GPU, coupled with 4GB RAM. The internal storage has the capacity of 32GB that can be extended up to 2TB.

Aurora has a 13 megapixel primary camera in the rear with face detection autofocus (PDAF), LED Flash, dual-tone CMS sensor, and a 1080p Full HD video recording. The front camera, on the other hand, has 8 megapixels. What’s more, its high-powered battery (non-removable) with 3,000 mAh will keep the phone running throughout the day.  

The BlackBerry Aurora is a dual SIM phone and the connectivity options include WiFi, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS, Bluetooth, and 4G LTE. Furthermore, the sensors on the phone have Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, and Accelerometer.

Aurora also comes with the BlackBerry Hub, an app that brings all messages, texts, and emails into one place. Staying true to BlackBerry’s legendary security features, Aurora also includes a number of security features, mainly the DTEK app.

The phone comes in three colours: black, silver, and gold. It is rumoured to be priced at RP 3,499,000 (approximately Rs. 17,432/-).

Currently, BlackBerry Aurora is only available in Indonesia, but it’s expected to release in India in June.

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