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Blackberry has a new touchscreen-only smartphone in the works

QWERTY-less mid-range Blackberry smartphone reportedly in the works

Although Blackberry are infamous for their QWERTY smartphones, rumor has it that the next handset manufactured by the company will actually not sport a keyboard at all. The device in question reportedly goes by the name of Rio, or Z20, and has specs similar to what you would normally find on mid-range phones. As for the target audience, Blackberry is apparently aiming the Z20 Rio at “Power Pros who want to be considered by others as being current with technology, yet cost is a major consideration in their purchase decision.” Looking at all the leaked details, I have to say that this sales pitch does have some merit to it.

Specifically, the Blackberry Z20 Rio does come equipped with some decent specs and a 720p resolution 5-inch display to boot. Under the hood we should find something along the lines of a dual-core processor running a 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage with microSD support, 8 MP camera on the back, 5 MP camera on the front, and 2,800 mAh battery.The upcoming Blackberry handset is expected to arrive sometime in February 2015 and carry a price tag of $300. All in all, this looks to be a pretty interesting offering coming from a company that has relatively few touchscreen-only handsets. However, the Z20 will certainly face a lot of competition when it arrives, so its chances seem a bit slim at the moment.

As for what the Blackberry Rio says about its owner, it sounds a little something like this: “I’m just getting started, but I’m ambitious and out to win and need a phone that will give me the competitive edge.” It’s worth mentioning that you should take this with a grain of salt for now and regard it as a mere rumor until Blackberry makes an official announcement. Stay tuned for more news and updates.

About Egon Kilin

I’m Load The Game’s co-founder and community manager, and whenever I’m not answering questions on social media platforms, I spend my time digging up the latest news and rumors and writing them up. That’s not to say I’m all work and no fun, not at all. If my spare time allows it, I like to engage in some good old fashioned online carnage. If it’s an MMO with swords and lots of PvP, I’m most likely in it. Oh, and if you’re looking to pick a fight in Tekken or Mortal Kombat, I’ll be more than happy to assist! Connect with me by email markjudge (@) loadthegame.com only

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  • Mithrills

    Still the Blackberry Classic will be the best thing from Blackberry this year.