Just a few days after BlackBerry launched KeyOne, the company today launched Aurora smartphone in Indonesia, by BB Merah Putih, the company that currently holds the right to manufacture and sell BlackBerry smartphones in the country on Thursday. The partnership between BlackBerry and BB Merah Putih was formed in September last year, and the result of it is BlackBerry Aurora.
BlackBerry Aurora is the first BlackBerry smartphone to be manufactured in Indonesia, and it is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to come with dual sim functionality. The BlackBerry Aurora was made available on March 3 on pre-order and will be available from March 12. It is priced at IDR 3,499,000 (roughly Rs. 17,400).
The BlackBerry Aurora features a 5.5-inch display and runs on Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC. The BlackBerry Aurora comes with 4GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The dual sim smartphone has a 13 MP back camera and a 5 MP front camera. The smartphone offers the following connectivity options: 4G LTE connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/ n. The device runs on 3000mAh battery.
“We sincerely congratulate BB Merah Putih on the new BlackBerry Aurora, the latest device launched under our software licensing strategy and a new model for delivering the ‘smart’ in the smartphone,” said Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobility Solutions for BlackBerry. “Our customers in Indonesia are very important to BlackBerry, and as we focus on software innovation, we are very excited about our partnership with BB Merah Putih to deliver high-quality devices with the BlackBerry security DNA our customers are so familiar with.”
TCL has the right to manufacture and sell BlackBerry phones in most of the countries in the world except Asia. Like in Indonesia where BB Merah Putih has that right and whereas in India Optimus Infracom has the license to manufacture and sell BlackBerry smartphones.