While the BlackBerry Z3 was not the device that was finally able to lift the company from a negative financial abyss (it was actually the BlackBerry Passport that did that), the company has still rolled out a device called the BlackBerry Rio. Earlier speculations indicated that the BlackBerry Rio was going to be the flagship handset of BlackBerry but as more and more leaks made it through, we now know that the BlackBerry Rio is not the flagship device belonging to the company, but rather the successor of the company’s Z3 handset.

The BlackBerry Rio, which is expected to be released in February 2015, will be loaded with more impressive specifications, including a better processor and an LTE modem. However, perhaps the biggest perk of owning the BlackBerry Rio will be that it will be retailing for $300. Going in to more details, the BlackBerry Rio will have a 5 inch screen size that will be exuding a 720p display.In addition to this, a Snapdragon S4 chipset possessing a dual core processor clocked in at 1.5GHz will be handling all the tasks, while 2GB of RAM will allow for multitasking capabilities. 16 GB of internal storage combined with a microSD slot seems like a solid combo and a 2,800 mAh battery has been added for sufficient battery backup time.

If the BlackBerry Rio is compared to the Z3, then the latter possessed a 540p resolution, a dual core Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage and only possessing 3G connectivity. In our opinion, the Rio has been given an upgrade, but for $300, we were hoping to see more than just a dual core processor. Nevertheless, BlackBerry fans will rejoice to hear that a new 5 inch smartphone is up for grabs in the near future.