BlackBerry was one of the most talked about brands at the recently ended Mobile World Congress 2017, something that wasn’t foreseen a year ago when the company was deemed as almost dead.
At the event, the Canadian tech giant unveiled a beautiful phone in the shape of BlackBerry KEYone. The phone combines the old BlackBerry perks with the new standards in delivering a device that supports both touch screen and physical keyboard operations, but the price of the phone might put you off.
On the contrary, if the physical QWERTY keyboard on the KEYone isn’t your thing, the company has two great alternatives in the shape of BlackBerry DTEK60 and BlackBerry DTEK50. Both were released in 2016 and as such, they come preinstalled with Android Marshmallow out of the box, which is, of course, a downside at this point in time when there are entry-level and midrange devices powered by Android 7.0 Nougat.
Like the KEYone, you might also be put off by the asking price BlackBerry DTEK60, but the DTEK50 is available at about $260 since it’s a midranger. Apparently, the company is expanding its midrange offerings by debuting a new BlackBerry Aurora, but this is only happening in Indonesia, at least for now.
The BlackBerry Aurora has been in the rumors for quite some time. The phone appeared on the first day of this month, but it only came with the model number and no names. The specs and pricing details followed up shortly afterward and about a week later, the phone is now available for purchase in Indonesia at a decent price of just $262, which is IDR 3,499,000 locally.
As you can see, the BlackBerry Aurora will be joining the BlackBerry DTEK50 in the midrange family, but the newer phone has a weaker performance package when compared to the latter. There is a 5.5-inch AMOLED HD display screen compared to the 5.2-inch full HD LCD panel on the DTEK50. Under the hood, the Aurora ships with an even weaker Snapdragon 425 SoC, but this has a massive 4GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. On the contrary, the DTEK50 gets a Snapdragon 617 SoC that is paired with 3GB RAM and half the storage of the BlackBerry Aurora. The good thing is that both support microSD card storage of up to 256GB.
In terms of lenses, you get a 13MP shooter on the back of the BlackBerry Aurora alongside support for PDAF and LED flash while the front has an 8MP shooter. The DTEK50 gets the same package, but the battery is smaller at 2610mAh compared to the 3000mAh unit on the Aurora. Interestingly, the smaller battery is supported by fast charging technology (Quick Charge 2.0) while the bigger unit doesn’t support this feature.
As noted earlier, you get the latest Android 7.0 Nougat on the BlackBerry Aurora, but the DTEK50 still rocks the year-old Android Marshmallow, although an update to the latest version should be on its way sooner or later.
Indonesians will be happy to learn that this is a locally made phone thanks to the partnership with BB Red and White.