BlackBerry Rio ‘Z20’ Specs

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...
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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.

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Dean
Dean
1 year 5 months ago

oh boy 🙁

Hobiano
1 year 5 months ago

Mmmmm there is no leaked pictures?

Artform
Artform
1 year 5 months ago

Makes perfect sense if it’s true. They are making phones that businesses would be comfortable buying en mass and distributing to employees. This means they need to run smooth, but be reasonably priced so that Blackberry doesn’t have to break the bank with subsidies. The consumer market is absolutely not the focus, so the spec war simply doesn’t matter.

Johnny66
Johnny66
1 year 5 months ago

Ugh, your killing me BlackBerry, I’m waiting for a Note 4 competitor.
I’ve been changing batteries twice a day since day 1 on my Z10, and my eyes aren’t getting any better. I’d like something with a little umph under the hood.

Slash82
Slash82
1 year 5 months ago

I don’t like that one!

I’d rather see an upgraded Z10 – which is still is an awesome device!
Perfect form factor and size! -fits in the hand like charm!

Blackberry just should change things people were complaining about, like: a better (removable) battery and the camera.
And some upgraded specs, maybe: 3GB of RAM and a faster processor and a FM radio

IMO that would be a lot better than that!
I don’t see a real Point to upgrade from a Z10 to this one – I also don’t like the “hard/sharp” edges…

surferito
surferito
1 year 5 months ago

I would call this phone a Z5, the battery is better than the Z10, but after 2 years will have similar processor than the z10, dual core 1.5 GHZ? And has not a dual band wifi like the Z10? I will consider that a downgrade from my Z10.

nt300
nt300
1 year 5 months ago

This is nothing but BlackBerry giving people choice.
Good move. But with those spec’s, it better be well below 300 dollars.

geo1er
geo1er
1 year 5 months ago

This is truly sad. Very disappointed. I hope BlackBerry changes there mind an give us a n all touch with the specs of the Passport.

DeLeurg
DeLeurg
1 year 5 months ago

The N4BB team? Gold panners.

dnivoG
dnivoG
1 year 5 months ago

See that uniqueness? The voice control is back on 10.3.1? Because the photo shown here has 10.3 UI and the old voice control

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