More BlackBerry R-Series Rumors Surface Including Some Vague Specs (SQR100-3)

R-Series

We told you about the upcoming mid to lower end BlackBerry R-Series devices a few times in the past. We have a pretty good idea that they will be what the Curve line has been to the Bold line until now. The R-Series will be a close mimic of the BlackBerry Q10 so you can just imagine a lower end version of it.

With that said Lhaini (via BBEmpire) has posted some of their findings while purportedly playing with the device along with a drawing of the design. Here are some of the highlights: (Keep in mind this is Indonesian translated to English via Google Translate)

  • The casing is solid but lightweight plastic
  • There are hot-swappable MicroSD AND SIM cards
  • There is a MicroUSB charging port but no MicroHDMI display port
  • It has a built in nonremovable 1800mAh battery (Weird for BlackBerry to go non-removable but this may just be a mistake in translation)
  • Includes media controls on the side
  • Only 8GB of memory
  • OS and device version UnknownSQR100-3/10.1.0.1002
  • UI is similar to the Q10 though slightly updated
  • Almost the same screen size as the Q10 but not as great quality

All in all it seems to fall in line with a low end BlackBerry Q10 for emerging markets. I would be dissapointed if they went with a non-removable battery but maybe they have a reason for it. On the other hand I am not sure what the thinking is behind the smaller 8GB memory.

Let us know if you can read Indonesian!

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  1. The Z10 is already at $99 for a 3 year plan, two months after launch. By the time the R10 arrives, it will be $49. I really don’t see the need to engineer, build, manufacture, and market the R10. Will it sell at $25 at launch? What’s the point?

    • It’s not about contract pricing in Canada or US, it’s about markets where phones are purchased without subsidy. In those markets the difference is between $400 and $600, which is quite significant in terms of affordability.

  2. Yes, the R10 is cheaper built so the profit margins will be a little higher, but how many millions were spent bring it to market? What will it do to the Z10? Will the R10 bring credibility to the BlackBerry brand or just water it down?

  3. What I hate about lower tier devices is people get these and then complain about how crappy they are and end up having a bad experience with blackberry. So many of my friends got the curves and ended up hating blackberry for it. What boggles my mind is that they would spend the extra 100$ for a better berry but had no problem paying 400$ for an Iphone.

    The only thing that they all miss is BBM. If it wasn’t for that most of them would think I’m crazy for still owning a blackberry

  4. I’m confused, wasn’t BlackBerry goin to continue to use BB7 devices as their lower tier device.

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