BlackBerry smartphones are designed, manufactured, and marketed by the Chinese smartphone OEM, TCL. But in Indonesia, BlackBerry has made agreements with the local manufacturer, BB Merah Putih to produce BlackBerry branded devices. Today, the company has officially launched its first ever smartphone, BlackBerry Aurora (BBC100-1) which is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to be manufactured locally in Indonesia. It is also the first dual SIM BlackBerry smartphone in the world. While TCL made BlackBerry device will not be sold in Indonesia, the BB Merah Putih manufactured BlackBerry smartphones will not be shipped to other countries.
Commenting on the launch, Stanly Widjaja, Vice President of BB Merah Putih, said,
“We are very excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity to launch the BlackBerry Aurora in Indonesia. The BlackBerry Aurora is not only the first BlackBerry-branded device to ever be produced in Indonesia, but it is the first BlackBerry device in the world to be equipped with dual-SIM functionality. This new device is designed specifically to fulfill the needs of Indonesian customers with full entertainment features packaged in a premium device that also delivers the productivity, privacy and security that the BlackBerry brand delivers.”
Though the designing and manufacturing are left out to OEM’s, Blackberry will be looking after the software for these devices. Just like the recently launched BlackBerry KEYone, the Aurora also runs on the latest Android 7.o Nougat out of the box. The company also promises about the regular security patch updates. It comes pre-installed with BlackBerry Hub, which is an all-in-one app for emails, texts, and social media messages. There is also DTEK by BlackBerry app on the device that monitors the security and alerts when the privacy of the content is at risk. It also shows the overall security rating that helps in improving the security status of the device.
It sports a 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) On-cell display on the front and is powered by 64-bit Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It packs 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be further expanded using the MicroSD card slot. The 4GB of RAM is a lot more than what its needed for the Snapdragon 425 SoC. There is also a 13MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP fixed focus front camera for selfies and video calls. BlackBerry is also offering manual options in the camera app on this device. It is backed by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery that is mentioned to give 30 hours of usage.
The BlackBerry Aurora supports dual SIM dual standby and offers 4G LTE along with other basic connectivity options. It measures 152 x 76.8 x 8.5 mm and weighs almost 178 grams. The device comes with onscreen navigation buttons and lacks the fingerprint sensor. It comes in Gold, Black, and Silver color options. Coming to the pricing and the availability, the BlackBerry Aurora costs IDR 3,499,000 (approx $260 / Rs. 17,500) and is currently available to pre-order via various Indonesian online stores. According to the listing, the shipping begins from March 13th and the pre-ordered devices will be shipped with JBL Bluetooth speaker and a smart flip case.