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BlackBerry Rio Revealed in First Leaked Images

by Jacob Kleinman | December 24, 2014December 24, 2014 12:00 pm PDT

Earlier this week, new details surrounding BlackBerry’s upcoming Rio smartphone spilled out to the public. Now, we’re getting a quick look at the device along with a bit of additional information courtesy of BlackBerry-focused blog N4BB.

From a design perspective, the Rio looks pretty similar to the BlackBerry Z3 that it’s reportedly set to replace. The Rio looks like it will  have a longer glass panel to protect the rear camera, a bigger speaker on the back and a white variant. Otherwise, the two 5-inch smartphones look almost identical on the surface.

BlackBerry seems to have a very specific target in mind with the Rio, describing someone who needs a budget-friendly smartphone that’s still impressive. “I’m just getting started, but I’m ambitious and out to win and need a phone that will give me the competitive edge,” is how BlackBerry imagines the ideal customer, according to N4BB’s sources.

The BlackBerry Rio is expected to offer a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, a 2800mAh battery and 4G LTE support. Rumor has it the device will cost under $300 off contract, though it’s unlikely the Rio will be available here in the U.S.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...