July 12, 2024

The BlackBerry Classic is still rolling out to some countries, but today we’re getting a look at the company’s next big phone. The long-rumored Rio leaked this morning with a handful of new photos on Thursday, courtesy of BlackBerry-focused blog N4BB.






As expected, the new device is a pretty close follow-up to the Z3, an all-touch phone targeting developing markets. The BlackBerry Rio reportedly packs a 5-inch 720p display, a 2800mAh battery, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with microSD support. That’s a solid upgrade over the Z3 when it comes to hardware, though the it doesn’t look like the company changed much on the design side of things.



The Rio looks like a pretty standard slate with slightly rounded edges and an industrial design. We do like the new textured back, which should offer a better grip compared to the Z3. We’re also expecting a white version of the device alongside the black one pictured above.

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It’s unclear exactly when the BlackBerry Rio will launch, though N4BB suggests it could hit stores in April or May after an announcement next week at Mobile World Congress. As for a price, N4BB is expecting a budget-friendly device somewhere around $200 or less.

Source: N4BB