BlackBerry Aurora Officially Launched; Pre-orders for First Dual-SIM BlackBerry Phone Begins

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 0

In the previous week, the leaked photos of BlackBerry Aurora with model number BBC1001-1 had surfaced. Earlier today, the smartphone was officially announced.

Indonesia is one of the major markets for BlackBerry phone. Hence, BlackBerry had signed a contract with BB Merah Putih from Indonesia to launch new BlackBerry phones in the country. The BlackBerry Aurora has been launched with midrange specs which includes an impressive rear camera.

BlackBerry Aurora is the first smartphone from the brand to come with dual-SIM support. The official press release states that the phone that is packed with entertainment features is mainly aimed towards Indonesian customers.

BlackBerry Aurora

The Aurora smartphone has a 5.5inch On-cell display that carries support HD resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. It is driven by Snapdragon 425 chipset that includes a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. Even though it’s a midranger, BlackBerry has included 4 GB of RAM on the device. It carries support for external storage.

Its rear side houses a 13-megpaixel camera enabled features like LED flash and electronic aperture controls. The latter helps users to shoot crisp and clear photos by using accurate manual settings.

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This leaked video had surfaced before just before the official announcement of BlackBerry Aurora to show off its photography prowess. For shooting selfies, it has a fixed focus 8-megapixel snapper.

The dual SIM phone supports 4G LTE connectivity and it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS and it is preloaded with BlackBerry Hub. With DTEKTM preloaded on the phone, the BlackBerry Aurora offers the best security to protect its operating system and apps. The security app can tell the user whether the device’s camera or accessing other functions on the phone is being secretly accessed by someone. Talking about security, the smartphone does not feature a fingerprint scanner.

BlackBerry Aurora includes a 3,000 mAh battery housed inside a body that measures 152 x 76.6 x 8.5 mm and weighs around 178 grams. It comes in color options like Gold, Black and Silver.

The Aurora is aimed towards the Indonesian market. So, there is no confirmation on when will it be hitting markets outside of Indonesia. It is priced at IDR 3,499,000 ($261). The pre-orders of the phone have begun in Indonesia through online retailers. Customers who pre-order it can get freebies like JBL Bluetooth speaker as well as a flip case. Its shipping will begin on March 13.