BlackBerry Z3 and BlackBerry Q20 introduced in Barcelona along with BES 12
The BlackBerry Z3, which was known by its code name of BlackBerry Jakarta, is an all-touch model that will be released in Indonesia in April priced at under $200. This makes the phone the cheapest BlackBerry 10 model yet. While the unit comes with only 3G connectivity, BlackBerry CEO John Chen quipped that BlackBerry has "a plan to take that phone out globally with LTE sometime in the future before I die." The device offers a 5 inch screen with 540 x 960 resolution, and comes with BlackBerry 10.2.1 pre-installed. A 5.5MP camera graces the back of the phone, while a 1.1MP snapper is on front.
Also introduced Tuesday is the BlackBerry Q20 which will feature a physical QWERTY keyboard. This model will be available before the end of the year. So far, no word on pricing or availability. The QWERTY is supposed to bring back the forgotten track pad, and function keys. It will also feature the largest screen on a QWERTY enabled BlackBerry phone at 3.5 inches, and will be equipped with a larger battery. This model will be out in the second half of this year and BlackBerry will release more details at the launch.
Also, BlackBerry has introduced its latest Mobile Device Management system, BES 12. Unlike previous versions of BES which required different systems for legacy BlackBerry devices, BlackBerry 10 units and iOS/Android/Windows Phone models, BES 12 will be able to manage all devices with just the one system.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen and his counterpart at Foxconn, Terry Gou, show off the BlackBerry Z3. Picture courtesy of Crackberry
1. Johnnokia (Posts: 522; Member since: 27 May 2012)
Wish you the best BlackBerry.... You were one of the smartphone world founders beside Nokia and Motorola.
You should not die!.
5. toink (unregistered)
before you die?...I guess its not happening soon then.
7. TheRequiem (Posts: 156; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Lmao, I was thinking the same thing, how odd to say that.
15. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)
but that guy looks really old. Like one foot in the grave and the other on a bananna peel type old
6. Arthurhkt (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Now this what i talking about, this for sure will gain some attraction from the developing country where there is still BlackBerry fans, hope it won't too late, in the mean time it's seam Motorola/Google, Nokia and BlackBerry start bringing good low-end and well priced phone, good job guys~
8. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Wao, under $200? That price is just amazing for a phone like this. But where is the flagship? Come on, they better unveil it quickly or else it's too late.
Wish you all the best Blackberry, keep moving!
22. aksa123 (Posts: 212; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Nah, I think for now BB only wants to focus on emerging markets, where budget phones are in high demand.
11. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Feel bad for that guy in the background. That almost looks intentional.
13. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)
If we can divide Android's 80+% market share in the future between iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, consumers will be the winner!
16. snowgator (Posts: 3210; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Amen!! Been saying that for the last few years, as WP and BB have both been struggling hard. A healthy BlackBerry and competetive Windows Phone only push Google and iOS harder.
My dream Mobile scenario: #1 Android sits above 50% sales, and the other OS's fight hard for the other sales, all turning profits, all with unique features and strengths, and all competing tooth and freaking nail with each other. And we, the consumer, sit back giggling and playing with new toys at good prices.
Ahhhhhh.... mobile Elysium.....
14. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Excellent handsets at even better prices! BlackBerry, under John Chens leadership, is making all the right moves so far. And with the ability to load any APK on these smartphones from the browser, in addition to side-loading, BlackBerry has definite winners in the emerging markets! Can't wait for the new BlackBerry flagship to be announced!
18. zuliner (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
WOW!!!! BB seeks VOLUME!!! Watch out M2. MIine is not tioo far from Indonesia. Full specs!!! ? Do not o/price. Wish can give a try for BB platform.,,,
21. Amir1 (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
There's only one Z3 and it will be announcement at IFA. ;-)
23. isprobi (Posts: 199; Member since: 30 May 2011)
It is nice to see BlackBerry still producing phones. But I still want something better than my Z10 on AT&T. I thought there was a Z30 that went through the FCC with AT&T compatible specs but I never see it for sale anywhere?
24. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Blackberry phones are awesome, I had a Curve 9360 before and I love it. It's easy to type.