BlackBerry will soon unveil a new all-touch smartphone. We caught wind that the next all-touch device was codenamed “Rio”, and many had started unofficially dubbing it the Z50.
It was originally thought the BlackBerry Rio was a high-end all-touch device. However, spec wise, the Rio will not be high-end.
Instead, the Rio is an evolution of the canceled Manitoba project, which was the Z3 LTE. The specs will be upgraded, but instead will position the Rio as a mid-range all-touch. You could think of this device as the “Z20” instead of “Z50.”
The Rio project is also further into development than originally thought. We should see the Rio launch by February 2015.
Today, we exclusively reveal the Rio specs:
- 9.5 mm profile
- 5” 1280 x 720 display
- 2MP front facing, 8MP rear facing cameras
- 2800 mAh non-removable battery
- MSM 8960 Dual Core 1.5 GHz processor
- 2 GB RAM, 16GB Flash + Micro SD
- Penta Band LTE + 4G Hotspot
- Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n
- BT 4.0 / DLNA / Miracast
- Dual Microphone
- Speaker phone
The specs for the Rio are a combination of the Z30 and Classic’s CPU. However, the Rio has a striking resemblance to the Z3, considering it is its successor. What will be important to focus on is the Rio’s price-point, which will hopefully be sub $300.
BlackBerry certainly does not appear to think the high-end market is within their sights, except when it comes to a QWERTY like the Passport.