BlackBerry fans who don't have deep pockets will dig these rumors about a budget 'Berry.
Apparently, all of our predictions about BlackBerry finally exiting the smartphone business were wrong. BlackBerry is preparing to launch a number of new phones this year, and while it did launch the KeyOne at MWC 2017, that won’t mark the end of BlackBerry’s new releases for the year.
In fact, we’ve been hearing rumors of another device called the BlackBerry BBC-100-1, and we may finally have a look at what the specs of the device are. Here’s everything we know about the BlackBerry BBC-100-1 so far.
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While we’ve heard plenty of rumors about the upcoming phone, we so far haven’t had a good look at its design. Thankfully, that’s now changed. An image of what is claimed to be the upcoming BBC-100-1 has leaked online and was picked up by Crackberry. The image actually shows a very interesting device — the back looks to be a textured metallic surface, while the front looks like a standard phone, with the BlackBerry logo at the bottom of the device.
Twitter user Roland Quandt has leaked what appears to be the specs of the upcoming BlackBerry BBC-100-1, showing that it will most certainly be a more entry-level phone. According to Quandt, the phone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, a 5.5-inch 720p display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and an 8MP front-facing camera. The device will also offer a 3,000mAh battery.
As you can see, the phone is clearly an entry-level model, so it will come down to pricing when deciding whether or not it’s a good purchase. BlackBerry seems to be shooting to appeal to all users with its new wave of Android-powered phones.
A new manufacturer?
While BlackBerry has been working with TCL for most of its recent phones, it was recently revealed that the BBC-100-1 will be manufactured by a “local joint venture” in Indonesia — which is where the phone will go on sale, according to Roland Quandt.
Now, we may know who that manufacturer is. According to most recent reports, the device will be built by a company called PT BB Merah Putih.
We’ll update this article as we hear more about the BlackBerry BBC-100-1, so stay tuned for more info.
Updated on 03-01-2017 by Christian de Looper: Added leaked photo from Crackberry.