A company called BB Merah Putih, which has a licensing agreement that allows it to make and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones in Indonesia, has announced its first device. The BlackBerry Aurora, as it’s called, is made in Indonesia and specifically designed to appeal to local customers. It’s the first BlackBerry smartphone with dual-SIM support, which is a feature that’s apparently in high demand in the country.
BB Merah Putih shouldn’t be confused with TCL, the Chinese company which has a global agreement with BlackBerry in Canada to produce handsets, the most recent of which is the BlackBerry KEYone. TCL’s agreement covers most of the world with the exception of a few countries, one of which is Indonesia.
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The BlackBerry Aurora is a mid-range device and has a 5.5-inch 720p display. You’ll find the Snapdragon 425 chipset under the hood along with 4GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of storage available for your apps, games, and other data, which can easily be expanded with the help of a microSD card.
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It comes equipped with a 13MP primary camera as well as with an 8MP selfie shooter. The battery has a 3,000mAh capacity and should be good for over 20 hours of mixed-use (30 hours standby), according to the company. The BlackBerry Aurora runs Android 7.0 Nougat, comes in black, silver, or gold, and will set you back IDR 3,499,000 which is around $260.
The device is already up for pre-order on the company’s website. Those who pre-order the device will get a free JBL Go speaker as well as a smart flip case with their purchase. If you live in Indonesia and want to get it, click the button below.