BlackBerry’s upcoming Rio smartphone is expected to be the successor of the Z3. Recently leaked renders show the phone will be be quite similar to the Z3.

The upcoming smartphone is expected to feature a 5-inch display with 1,280×720 pixel display, MSM8960 8960 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, dual microphone, 4G LTE, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB onboard memory that is expandable by microSD. This phone comes with a 2,800mAh battery.

Renders For BlackBerry Ltd Rio Leaked

Rio expected to be a budget-friendly phone

It is not expected the Rio phone will be a high-end flagship, and the device is rumored to cost under $300 in growing markets. It may also come to the United States but that rumor has yet to be confirmed.

In other BlackBerry related news, the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) is taking the throwback route and reviving a classic. The BlackBerry Classic will feature a 3.5-inch touch screen with 750×750 pixels, 8MP camera, 16GB storage, and a qwerty keyboard. Like every smartphone and tech gadget in exsistence, the Classic has a number of pros and cons.

More details on BlackBerry Classic

The pros involving this new phone model include BlackBerry 10 operating system which actually offers a number of unique features. One of those features is BB Blend which enables users to control their BlackBerry phone from a desktop computer. The new phone is also quite the productivity machine which includes security enhancements and enterprise support tools. Another nice perk is the BlackBerry Hub, a centralized spot that keeps social media and email together.

The include a small screen and slim pickings in the app store. In the age of phablet-style phones with larger displays, most consumers are used to viewing the internet and videos on a larger screen. The limited selection of apps available through BlackBerry World and Amazon App Store.