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“‘The whole world is going full screen, no more love for the QWERTY keyboard, the world world is going DUAL-SIM, no longer one sim phones”. I am beginning to think the leadership of Blackberry got this message loud and clear which led them to release a new smartphone that’ll suit what the whole world is clamoring for – the Blackberry Aurora.

For the first time, Blackberry has released a DUAL-SIM smartphone into this market. This smartphone does not also come with the characteristic feature of the QWERTY keyboard of most previous Blackberry smartphone – the Curves and Bolds.

Another major and interesting feature about this new one is that just like other sensible and proactive phone makers are doing, Blackberry decided to let the new device support the 4G LTE network. I can’t imagine what would have happened to this brand if it didn’t. But then, no one wants to be out of the market.

While we are, we would take a tech ride to the nooks, crannies and specifications of the newly released Blackberry Aurora smartphone, and say what we feel about it and how others might too. You ready?

 

DISPLAY OF THE BLACKBERRY AURORA

Just like ‘big’ android phones, Blackberry has decided to toe the part of phone makers like Gionee, Infinix, Tecno and the likes by giving the Blackberry Aurora smartphone a standard 5.5 inches display. If we were to have the best standard for a smartphone display, it’ll surely be 5.5 inches. Thumbs up, Blackberry.

The Blackberry Aurora has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a display resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It supports Multitouch, and

 

DESIGN OF THE BLACKBERRY AURORA SMARTPHONE

Firstly going by measurements, the Blackberry Aurora measures 152 mm in lenght, 76.8 mm in breadth and 8.5 mm in thickness, while it weighs 178g – quite heavy for my liking.

As earlier mentioned, the device does not features the traditional QWERTY keyboard which usually comes with Blackberry devices, instead, it looks more like Android phones or other Blackberry phones like the Q-Series (though not exactly same). It seems the makers of this phone have discovered that life is beyond a physical keyboard.

Blackberry Aurora
Blackberry Aurora

TECHNOLOGY

Earlier, we said that this device looks more like Android phones, but in the real sense of it, it is an Android phone. The Blackberry Aurora runs on the Android Operating System v7.0 Nougat.

I, for one, fully understand the motive behind this move. Some weeks back, it was reported that the percentage of people using the Blackberry operating system is now at 0.0%. Who wants to create phones for no one?

The Blackberry Aurora is built on a Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 processor, and I want to note that this device does not have the fingerprint sensor. Do not rush them into this please.

 

RAM AND INTERNAL MEMORY OF THE BLACKBERRY AURORA SMARTPHONE

Do you want to be impressed? Read on. I am most impressed by the fact the the Blackberry Aurora smartphone comes with a whooping 4 GB RAM. I believe this is one point the makers would utilize to get it accepted by the majority. It is a very impressive one by Blackberry.

Now, to save your files, music, photos, videos and so on, the Blackberry Aurora has been provided with an internal memory of 32 GB, and this can be expanded with the use of a micro SD card to the tune of 256 GB.

 

BLACKBERRY AURORA CAMERA

The rear (primary) camera of the Blackberry Aurora smartphone comes with a 13 MP camera quality, with autofocus and a dual-LED flash. To me, a 13 MP camera is more than just right in this case.

The front facing camera isn’t too bad on its own part, as it comes with an 8 MP camera quality, which is still fair except that selfie takers are always cheated when it comes to fixing camera. But on a general note, I’d give it to the Blackberry Aurora.

 

BLACKBERRY AURORA BATTERY

The Blackberry Aurora smartphone is packed with a 3000 mAh battery. This battery capacity is just the unofficial standard we have set for smartphones coming into the industry. We had expected more from Blackberry.

Nowadays, no matter how “specky” your smartphone might be, if it does not have a good and long lasting battery, then it doesn’t appeal to anyone.

 

PRICE OF THE BLACKBERRY AURORA SMARTPHONE

Now, talking on the price of the Blackberry Aurora smartphone, it has been pegged at $549 in the U.S. The equivalent of this in our Nigerian currency is around N174,000.

Okay, so Blackberry released a fairly impressive phone, but a not at all impressive price came with it. Let’s see which one determines its acceptability. What do you think?

 

SUMMARY OF THE BLACKBERRY AURORA SPECIFICATIONS

 

NETWORK

Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE

 

LAUNCH

Announced: 2017, March

Status: Coming soon. Exp. release 2017, March 12th

 

BODY

Dimensions: 152 x 76.8 x 8.5 mm (5.98 x 3.02 x 0.33 in)

Weight: 178 g (6.28 oz)

SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

DISPLAY

Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size :5.5 inches (~71.4% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)

Multitouch: Yes

 

PLATFORM

OS: Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425

CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53

GPU: Adreno 308

 

MEMORY

Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB

Internal: 32 GB, 4 GB RAM

 

CAMERA

Primary: 13 MP, autofocus, dual-LED flash

Features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Video: 1080p@30fps

Secondary: 8 MP

 

SOUND

Alert types; Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker: Yes

3.5mm jack: Yes

– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

 

COMMS

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE

GPS :Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

Radio: To be confirmed

USB :microUSB v2.0

 

FEATURES

Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

Browser: HTML5

Java: No

– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player

– MP4/H.264 player

– Photo/video editor

– Document viewer

 

BATTERY

Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

 

MISC

Colors: Black, Silver, Gold

 

What do you think guys?

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