MWC 2014: BlackBerry announces Foxconn-designed BlackBerry Z3

BlackBerry Z3BlackBerry signed a new partnership with Foxconn back in December that saw the former hand over design and manufacture of BlackBerry devices for emerging markets to the latter. Today, at a smaller press event, it unveiled the first product to emerge from this partnership, the BlackBerry Z3. Codenamed Jakarta during development, it is headed to Indonesia and is customized with access to local apps and Indonesian content.

“We are excited to introduce the new BlackBerry Z3, the first smartphone to emerge from our strategic partnership with Foxconn, which was announced in mid-December, 2013,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. “The BlackBerry Z3 embodies all that BlackBerry 10 offers, with its exceptional productivity features and reliable communications, in a stylish, all-touch design made affordable for customers in Indonesia.”

Few details were announced about the BlackBerry Z3’s specifications but here is what we know so far:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 10.2.1
  • Cellular connectivity: 3G-only
  • Display: 5-inch qHD (540×960)
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Internal storage: 8GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP
  • Front-facing camera: 1.1MP
  • Battery: Non-removable 2,650mAh
  • Other: FM radio

The BlackBerry Z3 will not be an Indonesia-only model though. BlackBerry will expand availability later. It is also planning an LTE variant but there are no specific timelines on such a move yet.

The BlackBerry Z3 will launch in Indonesia in April. While the precise price has not been announced yet, it will sell for under US$200.

Source : BlackBerry