BlackBerry previously made an announcement that their latest operating system which is the BlackBerry 10 will only be used on their high end devices while relegating the BlackBerry 7 operating system to handle the mid-range to low-end devices. This might change soon as a leak of an upcoming device running on BB10 was spotted and it looks like an entry-level device.
The company has so far unveiled two devices running on BB10 which are both premium top of the line devices. The third one could possibly target the lower end of the market and is part of an unannounced R-series of devices. According to an Indonesian website the device looks like a smaller version of the Q10. It features a full QWERTY keyboard, comes with 8 GB of internal memory, a MicroSD slot, and has a 1,800 mAh battery. It is expected to be released on the third or fourth quarter of this year and will have a price of around $300 to $400.
Based on the provided sketch we can see on the left side the MicroSD and Micro SIM card slot are placed side by side. The external MicroSD slot is reminiscent of the Bold 9000 which also has a similar design. The new feature that is implemented in this rumored device is the Micro SIM slot which can be accessed externally. This makes it easier for travelers to switch SIMs without opening the back cover of the device.
On top of the device is the On/Off button, Micro USB charging port as well as a 3.5 mm audio port. On the right side of the device lies the media control buttons.
If this rumor is true then it will be good for consumers who want to test out the new BB10 OS without shelling much cash in buying a BlackBerry.