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BlackBerry Z3 to be launched next week in Indonesia?

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BlackBerry Z3 to be launched next week in Indonesia?
The first BlackBerry phone designed by contract manufacturer Foxconn, might be launched next week. The BlackBerry Z3 is not only designed by Foxconn, it is also manufactured and warehoused by the company as well. All BlackBerry provides is the software and the marketing. Both companies signed a five-year pact for Foxconn to churn out these entry-level phones for the emerging markets. The Z3, for example, will launch in Indonesia before moving on.

According to a interview with BlackBerry CEO John Chen that was published over the weekend, Chen is flying to Indonesia next week for the launch of the Z3. The phone offers a 5 inch screen like the BlackBerry Z30, but with a lower resolution screen of 540 x 960. The device is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage. Priced at under $200, BlackBerry hopes to take advantage of its still popular name in many emerging markets, to take share away from other low-end models like the Nokia Lumia 520.

Chen turned around Sybase, a company that was bleeding red ink, and helped the company achieve 55 consecutive profitable quarters until it was sold to SAP for $5.8 billion. Is selling BlackBerry part of Chen's end game? He says that Marvell was seriously interested in buying the company's wireless technology group last December, but that deal fell through.

The executive sees a future for BlackBerry where the Canadian company is focused on software, services and messaging. Chen has been focusing on BBM ever since WhatsApp received a $19 billion bid from Facebook. By allowing the app to be used by iOS, Android and soon Windows Phone users, BlackBerry is adding eyeballs to BBM. The more eyeballs attracted to BBM, the higher the value of the messaging app. WhatsApp was sold at a price of $42 for each member

Chen says that he is trying to fix everything at the same time. "There are so many things that need to be fixed, kind of in parallel, otherwise it takes too long to fix everything sequentially," he said.

source: The Record via BerryReview

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posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:12 6

1. Tizen007 (Posts: 488; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


hope this one saves BB

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:13 1

2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Wait designed by or manufactured by Foxconn. And if foxconn is designing what is blackberry doing. Rotfl.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:27 1

4. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


BlackBerry provides the OS. Just like how Google provides Android to others.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 02:52 1

6. Zeeya (Posts: 162; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


i d i o t.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:26 1

3. loveparadise1990 (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)


nothing to expect from it

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 02:52 4

7. Zeeya (Posts: 162; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


s h u t u p

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:39

5. galanoth (Posts: 283; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


If blackberry releases a Z3, does that mean Sony can't name their phone Z3?

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 02:58 1

8. DerryAhmad (Posts: 242; Member since: 05 May 2012)


The Z3 will go head to head with Nokia X.
Just make sure to make the price lower from the Nokia X (preloaded with BBM), which is also going to be released next week in Indonesia.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 03:52

9. fireblade (Posts: 629; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Nah, the price is acceptable considering its spec is good. However Nokia X is stupidly overpriced.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:12

10. fireblade (Posts: 629; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Better than any stupid Chinese phones with mediatek CPU & unfunctional GPS.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 05:02

11. r3trokiller (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 Mar 2014)


Surely surely getting this as soon it hits UAE. Want to taste BB 10 OS. If I love it, surely getting next BB flagship.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 05:36

13. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


I think you might wanna read the article again it`s not a flagship it's an mid end phone like the q5 if want a flagship get the z10 it's awesome

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 05:43

14. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Sorry my bad wanted to say is you should skip this qnd get a z10 Asap

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 05:02

12. r3trokiller (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 Mar 2014)


Surely surely getting this as soon it hits UAE. Want to taste BB 10 OS. If I love it, surely getting next BB flagship.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 11:01

15. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I hope this works out for them. If the price is right, it could be a hit on U.S. prepaid service, IF they bring it here.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 13:35

16. apiskula (Posts: 541; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Who cares nobody will buy it

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