Not For You: BB Merah Putih Launches the Dual-SIM BlackBerry Aurora in Indonesia

Not For You: BB Merah Putih Launches the Dual-SIM BlackBerry Aurora in Indonesia

Unless you live in Indonesia, of course.

In case you didn’t know, Indonesia is one of BlackBerry’s most important markets, having a shocking amount of BlackBerry smartphones and BBM users. It is also one of those markets that TCL does not have licensing rights over (the other being India, where Optiemus Infracom Ltd holds the rights). The license for making, marketing and selling BlackBerry-branded smartphones in Indonesia belongs to BB Merah Putih.

BB Merah Putih has launched the BlackBerry Aurora in Indonesia in order to appeal to the Indonesian market. This is not only the first BlackBerry device to be made in Indonesia, it is also the first BlackBerry device to come with dual-SIM functionality.

The BlackBerry Aurora comes with a 5.5-inch HD display, which is a surprising choice considering the plentiful availability of FHD displays in that dimension. Inside, the phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 with a quad-core cluster of Cortex-A53 clocked in at 1.4GHz. The phone does come with 4GB of RAM, as well as 32GB of internal storage and options to expand further via a microSD card. There’s also a 3,000 mAh battery on the device. The camera setup consists of a 13MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, as well as a 8MP front camera.

Being a BlackBerry, the Aurora comes with Android 7.0 Nougat. Users can also access the Hub productivity suite as well as the BlackBerry DTEK privacy app. BlackBerry will also be offering regular in-market security updates to this device, and they have been doing a very good job with their other devices so far.

The BlackBerry Aurora will be available for pre-order for IDR 3,499,000 (~$260) and is likely to remain an Indonesia-exclusive product. And that might not even be such a bad thing after all.

What are your thoughts on the BlackBerry Aurora? Would you consider this device for purchase if this was available in your country? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: BlackBerry Blog

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]