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First made-in-Indonesia BlackBerry phone goes on sale

By The Jakarta Post News Desk
Friday, March 10, 2017

The first BlackBerry smartphone designed and manufactured by an Indonesian company has been released in Jakarta.

The BlackBerry Aurora was released on Thursday by smartphone manufacturer PT BB Merah Putih under a brand licensing agreement signed with BlackBerry Limited in September 2016.

Said to be "powered by the world’s most secure version of Android", the device promises interesting features and apps and comes with BlackBerry's software security and mobility solutions.

"The BlackBerry Aurora is not only the first BlackBerry-branded device to ever be produced in Indonesia, but it is the first in the world to be equipped with dual-SIM functionality,” said PT BB Merah Putih vice president Stanly Widjaja in a press release.

Meanwhile, Alex Thurber, senior vice president and general manager of Mobility Solutions for BlackBerry, said, "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.”

In addition to running Android OS 7.0 Nougat and BlackBerry Hub unified messaging inbox, the phone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.4GHz processor, 4G LTE, a 5.5-inch HD display, 4 GB of RAM and a 3,000-mAh Li-ion battery that reportedly lasts for up to 30 hours.

Available through pre-orders at local e-commerce websites until Sunday, the device is priced at Rp 3,449,000 (US$257.6).

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