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'Aurora' The First Dual-Sim Blackberry Gets Launched In Indonesia

Mar 10, 2017 10:43 AM EST

"Aurora", a new Android OS based smartphone, is all set to be launched by Blackberry. The announcement has been made by BB Merah Putih, the organization responsible for the making, marketing and selling of Blackberry branded smartphones in Indonesia. 

According to GSM Arena, "Aurora "is the first Blackberry device to be equipped with dual SIM facility. It is, though, is not the first Blackberry branded device to be ever produced in Indonesia. "Aurora" will reportedly have 5.5 inch 720p touch screen and is powered by Snapdragon 425 chipset. It will also be equipped with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal memory.

"Aurora" will also have a 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP selfie camera, backed by a 3000mAh battery. Android 7.0 Nougat OS will run the smartphone, having dimensions of 152x76.8x8.5 mm and weighing in at 178 g. "Aurora" will be available in black, silver and gold color options. It is reported to cost around $260.

According to Techradar, "Aurora" is a smartphone which focuses more on the mid-range segment rather than its predecessors that used to run on Blackberry OS. Experts are of the opinion that this decision from Blackberry's top management comes as an aftermath of the disappointing outcome that the Blackberry branded smartphones had to face in the market over the past few years.

"Aurora" comes as a bit of a surprising announcement by Blackberry, as it has just seen the launching of "Keyone" smartphone just a couple of months back at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain. Equipped with Snapdragon 625 processor, a 4.5-inch display and 3 GB of RAM, Keyone has been more of a business phone rather than one that is popular among the general public. This, say the experts, might have prompted Blackberry to launch a mid-range smartphone like Aurora.

As per the experts, Aurora will remain as an Indonesia exclusive for the first couple of months after launching, which might be a bit disappointing for the global smartphone users. The price tag of $260 has been adjudged to be quite pocket-friendly.

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