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BlackBerry could have a phablet on the way, says CEO John Chen

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BlackBerry could have a phablet on the way, says CEO John Chen
BlackBerry CEO John Chen says that the phablet market is still growing, which is why BlackBerry could be planning on doing something in that area. According to Chen, it is still early days in that market. As for the possibility of a new BlackBerry slab, the executive sounded like his predecessor when he said that the tablet market is dead.

The CEO was speaking with the Jakarta Post, which explains his comments about the BlackBerry Z3, which recently launched in Indonesia after being known as the BlackBerry Jakarta. Chen says that he wants to sell 1 million units of the phone, which was the first delivered by Foxconn under a five year contract with the contract manufacturer. Foxconn designs, manufacturers and stores the device, while BlackBerry adds its software.

"If we will do another thing, we will probably go to phablet. I think if you look at our strategy and if you look at where the market goes, there is definitely a good market for something between a phone and tablet. I think the phablet could be early, the tablet is already late. That is not a bad thing, because you can bring new technology. But, if I have the opportunity I will go to phablet. […] we will build what the market wants."-John Chen, CEO, BlackBerry

Chen was asked how he competes in Indonesia against iOS and Android. He responded by saying that the latter two operating systems are strong with consumers, while BlackBerry's strength is in the enterprise. But that doesn't mean that the BlackBerry name doesn't count for anything on the consumer side of things. "We do compete in the consumer space, and the product we launched [the Z3] is a very competitive product, especially since our brand is really big here in Indonesia," said Chen.

source: JakartaPost via PCMag

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posted on 11 Jun 2014, 00:35 1

1. jojon (Posts: 90; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


mmm...not sure i agree with his prognosis on phablets V tablets

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 01:06 3

5. digicon (Posts: 121; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)


That's why you Blog, and he runs multi-billion$ company Son . . . #blam!takethat!

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 01:13 5

7. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


Actually I think chen is on the right track towards the unemployment line

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 06:54

18. jojon (Posts: 90; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


..for now..yes!

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 00:40 2

2. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Z3 competitive in Indonesia?? Really?? C'mon JC, selling 2000-3000 Z3 doesn't make it competitive against other. It's comparable in spec and price to other snapdragon 400 offering. That's it. For the same amount of price Moto G is having a better screen compared to this Z3. That's competitive!!

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 03:55 1

12. eldyagustius (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Yeah right. Z3 is out of the competition. In that range of price in Indonesia, there is Moto G, Asus Zenfone 5, and Xperia M2 which caught my interest in ICS 2014 few days later. Z3 screen is not good compared with those 3 phones. I think much of Indonesian interested in Z3 because of the cheap preorder prices. But when it returned to the normal price, people will need to think again several times before decide to buy it.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 04:06 1

14. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I think the one that bought BB Z3 is uninformed soul. It's not real BB. It's foxcon. Don't mix the foxcon with apple. In Apple, apple design, foxcon build. In BB Z3, foxcon design & build the phone.

A couple of days back I read on kompasiana that one of the reporter who were one of the early adopter of BB Z3 were angry because his brand new Z3 is broken, and BB ask 1 month for repair the brand new phone.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 04:20

15. eldyagustius (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Talking about the build quality, the problem happens sometimes to all of the smartphones brand, include LG, Samsung, Sony, HTC and Apple.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 04:29

16. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


but the one that have representative (not bm) don't ask the user for 1 month. Furthermore, foxcon is not well known for it's design quality. it's well known for assembling the phone.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 21:52

25. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I think anyone who joins in on the "Mr. Me Too" attitude like you have without actually using a product is an uninformed soul. What makes you think that those who have purchased a Z3 have not made an informed decision? Stop trying to enforce your simple-minded opinions on others.

And you saying that the Z3 is not BlackBerry, when BlackBerry is the one that sends them the design, specs and software is like saying Apple's iPhone is not Apple, but Foxxcons as well. Your hypocrisy is showing.

And if you want to talk about someone being told to wait one month to wait for phone repairs, how about Apple forcing to its customers to buy a BRAND NEW iPhone when something goes wrong with it that's not the users fault?

All you do is troll BlackBerry articles, spreading negativity about the company whenever you can. Get a life, already. It's trolls like you that bring internet sites down, Wahy.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:10

34. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Your lack of knowledge in BB Z3 development is showing. Here I give you a link:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Check-out-this-Indonesian-ad-for-the-BlackBerry-Z3_id56182

"The phone is the first to roll off the Foxconn assembly line as part of a five year deal between the contract manufacturer and the Canadian company. Foxconn designs, builds and stores the phone. BlackBerry supplies the OS and its glorious name and the profits are split."

Is not a trolling tactic. It's an enlightenment comment, to inform the uninformed soul to understand the bad quality of Z3.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:36

39. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Your SUPER TROLLING abilities are beginning to fail you. Read this:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-25461892

"The two companies will initially work on the DESIGN of a new smartphone".

"BlackBerry's deal with Foxxcon will allow it to get back to what it does best: ICONIC DESIGN...."

There. I fixed your lie with the truth. Your trolling has been exposed.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 21:42

24. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Source showing that BlackBerry has only sold 2000-3000 Z3's please.

For what it can do, for the software it has, it's very competitive.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:02

28. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Source? Google it my dear, of course, you can said that non-consumer is different. So, google it yourself, see if you can do simple research

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:26

38. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I have. There are NO CONCRETE NUMBERS out yet. Your making up stories.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 23:12

42. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


If you can't do simple research then you should bow to your supperior

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 14:50

45. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You should BOW to ME then. First, for not being able to READ, and second because I ALWAYS RESEARCH THOROUGHLY. Unlike YOU.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 00:46

3. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


To be honest, BB user in Indonesia is not enterprise anymore. Mostly is the one that want a cheap messaging system with cheap device. I ask my friend at alumni gathering who work in large company such as on cars (toyota indonesia, honda indonesia, nissan indonesia, suzuki indonesia) and cigarete (sampoerna indonesia), drink (coca cola indonesia, sosro indonesia), food (indomie, garuda food) AND NONE OF THIS INDONESIA's FORTUNE 500 company use BIS.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 00:48

4. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


BB - Foxcon is just like Google - LG or Google - Samsung
So, it's not really BB. It's foxcon brand!!! BB is only the OS producer just like Microsoft/Google.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 21:56

26. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Again, by you saying this means that the iPhone doesn't belong to Apple, it belongs to Foxxcon, since Foxxcon is the one that builds the phone. Hypocrite, much?

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:04

31. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


You really need to read and learn before opening your mouth.
Apple design the iphone. Foxcon build it. Apple sell it.
Foxcon design the Z3, Foxcon build it. Foxcon distribute it, Foxcon sell it. BB just providing the OS.

You really are BB zealot

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:25

37. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And you're really a hating troll to the nth degree. And you need to get you're facts straight:

Foxxcon is executing on BLACKBERRY'S design while BLACKBERRY also provides the OS. Foxxcon just assumes the responsibility of warehousing, manufacturing and they take the hit if there is overstock.

You really are a BB troll. Get a LIFE.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 23:15

43. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Your lack of knowledge in BB Z3 development is showing. Here I give you a link:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Check-out-this-Indonesian-ad-for-the-BlackBerry-Z3_id56182

"The phone is the first to roll off the Foxconn assembly line as part of a five year deal between the contract manufacturer and the Canadian company. Foxconn designs, builds and stores the phone. BlackBerry supplies the OS and its glorious name and the profits are split."

READ AGAIN... FOXCON DESIGN!!!! It's from phone arena. is NOT BB DESIGN, IT'S FOXCON DESIGN!!!

Is not a trolling tactic. I'm giving you an enlightenment comment, to inform the you, the uninformed soul, to understand the reality.

The guy in bb that responsible to design the cheap ugly bb already got the pink slip.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 15:02

46. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Your ignorance is showing:
"The two companies will initially work on the development of a new smartphone"

"Partnering with Foxconn allows BlackBerry to focus on what we do best - iconic design, world-class security, software development and enterprise mobility management - while simultaneously addressing fast-growing markets leveraging Foxconn's scale and efficiency that will allow us to compete more effectively."

Those are quotes that I got from HERE:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-25461892

READ IT!!!! It CLEARLY says that they are working TOGETHER on the phones. Your trolling powers are FAILING YOU GREATLY. And using PA as a source just shows how inept you really are.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 01:08 1

6. digicon (Posts: 121; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)


@WahyuWisnu. Thanx for that enlightenment . . .

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 01:19

8. tigermcm (Posts: 725; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


as long as he doesnt go the Samsung route and try and release a 7 inch phablet

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 03:14

9. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I remember a sea of people just going wild over or using a BB a few years back. But now, its all iPhone, Android and even WP to some extent. I feel sad for BB. Their QWERTY keyboards are unrivaled to date. I would love to see them make a phone with that QWERTY keyboard running Android or WP.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 03:39

10. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


If BB made QWERTY running android, it would be one of the best device. It would be best of both world (android workd & QWERTY world).

BUT, I personally prefer nokia style E7 QWERTY keyboard with 4.7"+ screen instead of QWERTY thumbboard with small screen.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 03:49 1

11. Altair (Posts: 325; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Camoon, who wants BB phablet these days? People has been whining WP app availability. It now has quite good amount of apps. What BB has? There is already 3 ecosystems running, BB trying to b 4th... It already lost that race a year ago. BB does not have resources this thing needs.

RIM = RIP
BB = RIP in less than a year

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 04:01

13. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Absolutely agree with you. It's a TWO HORSES RACE. Being the 3rd (WP) is already the loser, and BB really don't have the capability/resource at all. Even microsoft with lots of money and lack of talent can't buy their way into the google/apple smartphone race.

about half of the BB apps were junk that made by 1 company. It's a rush aps, just to win the aps count.http://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-World-app-store-flooded-by-47-000-apps-from-one-developer-hint-most-of-them-are-crap_id46654

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 06:28

17. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2040; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


MS can carve into the top two pretty easily, IF, they start marketing WP and Lumias a lot more, like how Samsung did with the S3 and S4. If they really start pushing WP to markets where its weak, like China or Japan, their already great line up of phones will sell a lot more. MS needs to make more people aware of the 3rd player, i.e. Windows Phone. IF they do that, I really believe they can challenge Apple for the 2nd spot, which they already do in 25 markets. WP is a fluid and sexy looking OS, and its a lot different than the usual icons of iOS & Android. And with WP8.1, the whole package just got a lot more sweeter. The apps are there and more top notch ones are on their way. Now, MS need to REALLY, heavily invest in marketing and spending money like crazy to sell more of their mobile products, just like what Samsung does. I think they are capable of creating a serious dent in the top 2's strongholds, especially with their mobile first approach under Nadella.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 07:01

19. jojon (Posts: 90; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


well said, totaly agree

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 07:35

20. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Maybe you don't know that microsoft already spent lots of fortune on marketing the device. When nokia launch the lumia 800, they set the budget TWICE than they ever spend on spending the lumia 800. That's not including the budget microsoft use to marketing lumia, such as giving away the x-box and advertising on newspaper, tv, etc.

The problem is not advertising the WP platform, but somehow only small percent of people like the wp platform. Not to mention that developer were leaving the wp platform right now because the sudden collapse in revenue on wp platform

http://www.programmableweb.com/news/windows-phone-developers-tiff-over-lack-advertising/2014/03/12

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:02

29. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Maybe you don't know that NO ONE cares what you think. If you had it your way, there would only be two OS's on the market, and that's BORING. It's GREAT that there are other fresh OS's out there like BB10 and WP. Save your negative comments about OS's other than Android or iOS for someone who cares.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:07

33. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


You can't be bored with android, android have many skin on top of it. And NO ONE care what you think. Supporting 3 or 4 OS is just wasting a resource.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:15 1

35. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Just wasting whose resources? Someone with no money like you? People buy what they like. PERIOD. You don't like what someone likes, that's your hang up, not theirs. I got bored with Android real fast. And obviously, their are others that agree with me, or Android would be the only OS on the market. Deal with it.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 23:07

40. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


just wasting the app developer resource.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 23:33

44. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Just wasting the app developer resource...
this is the reason that REAL APP DEVELOPER WHO HAVE LIFE DON'T WANT TO DEVELOP FOR BB. because bb just wasting their life/resource.

of course there were some app developer who don't have a life and made 47000 blackberry apps crap for bb user like you:http://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-World-app-store-flooded-by-47-000-apps-from-one-developer-hint-most-of-them-are-crap_id46654

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 21:59

27. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


People like you and Wahy have been shouting the demise of BlackBerry "in less than a year" for almost four years now, and yet BlackBerry is still here. There is room for everyone who is innovating, and BlackBerry is DEFINITELY innovating.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:06

32. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


To be honest, the remaining of BB is already considered dead zombie. BB still here, but they don't innovate anymore. They just milking their previous asset, selling old things for new.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:19

36. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You must be thinking of another fruit flavored OS when you mention the word Zombies. And this statement: "BB still here, but they don't innovate", and "....selling old things for new" PROVES to me that you have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT when it comes to BlackBerry 10 and QNX. As I have said to you before, YOU ARE CLUELESS.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 23:11

41. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


apple is zombie, but zombie with money
bb is also zombie, but broke zombie.

As I have said to you before, you ARE clueless. You're judgement were clouded by your emotion.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 15:04

47. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You have already PROVEN you have a deep seeded hate for BlackBerry and therefore CANNOT be taken seriously in ANY of your posts about BlackBerry as your emotion(HATE) clouds what little judgment you have.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 16:12

48. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


The picture of you in PA profile tells a lot. It tell me that you were can't think clearly because you have blackberry in your brain

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 21:55

49. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And the fact that you hate BlackBerry so much for no reason at all shows me that you are just an emotional child in need of attention.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 10:48 1

21. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


You cannot even sell the phones you have now. Just forget it Blackberry

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 10:55 2

22. isprobi (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2011)


If BB makes a phablet it should be more like a smaller playbook than a larger Z30. That means multi-window simultaneous applications, stereo speakers, landscape dock, hardware keyboard option and 2 good cameras. The screen should be 6-6.5 inches.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 12:40 2

23. fanboysrdumb (Posts: 44; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Blackberry your an underdog regardless you provide competition and good quality products including a great keyboard to users I hope you guys make a comeback and prove the critics wrong good luck and we need more variety in cell technology good luck to fanboys in curing their erectile dysfunction with more hate hopefully you'll get piles and choke on it and die

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 22:04

30. meanestgenius (Posts: 1475; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Totally agree!

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