BlackBerry India releases video showing the BlackBerry Z3 and its special keyboard for the region

BlackBerry India releases video showing the BlackBerry Z3 and its special keyboard for the region
The BlackBerry Z3 is the first phone to roll off the assembly line at Foxconn as part of a five year deal with BlackBerry. The contract manufacturer designs and manufacturers entry level phones for emerging markets, while BlackBerry loads it with the latest BlackBerry 10 OS and markets it. After a successful launch in Indonesia, the BlackBerry Z3 is now available for pre-orders in India, where the BlackBerry name is still relevant.

The BlackBerry Z3 is priced at 15,999 rupees ($266 USD), although retailer Flipkart has a special deal, offering the phone for 14,999 rupees ($249 USD). To promote the phone in India, BlackBerry India has released a video showing off some of the features on the handset, including some specific to the region. Want to be sold on the BlackBerry Z3? Then click on the video below.

Most likely you're familiar with most of the details mentioned on the video, like the soft touch back with the signature dot textured finish, the 5 inch LCD screen and the 2500mAh battery. What you might not be familiar with, are the features of the phone made specifically for India. For example, the BlackBerry Z3 keyboard allows you to Flick Type in Native Hindi and Hinglish.

You can check out the video for the BlackBerry Z3 by clicking on the video below. According to Flipkart, the phone is estimated to ship during the second week of July.


source: BlackBerry, Flipkart via Crackberry

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Z3
  • Display 5.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(15.5h talk time)

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57 Comments

1. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Only android can save blackberry ! Admit it !!!

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nothing to admit. BlackBerry 10 from the start has supported installing and running Android apps. Even Amazon's android app store is now on BlackBerry.

9. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

What about Google ecosystem? Gmail, youtube, drive, now, plus, hangout? Why would anyone got BB10 if they want android experience? After all BB7 and BB10 is very different, if one want to change platform, why not to the new platform that really have a future, and not a dead end.

12. mkhwaja

Posts: 13; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly, BlackBerry 10 is a much more polished and sophisticated, and less buggy than any other OS in the market right now. It runs very smooth, very stable and every update brings more features.

31. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

polished and sophisticated? I know at least 2 person who was blackberry addict who refuse to buy android and wait Z10, and got disappointed and becoming android user and never look back.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, BlackBerry 10 is EXTREMELY polished and sophisticated. I know MANY people who have left Android due to disappointment. I also know people who left BlackBerry for Android, and came running back as soon as they tried out a BlackBerry 10 handset. So what's your point?

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wahy, What ABOUT Google's ecosystem? We are BlackBerry fans. We LIKE using BB10. What makes you think we care about Google's ecosystem? If we wanted to be entrenched in Google's ecosystem, we would be using Android. And BlackBerry a dead end? Not according to their latest quarterly results. Blackberry is here to stay. DEAL WITH IT.

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Not everyone needs Android or iOS for that matter, people value choice, besides I like the underdogs, I am glad Blackberry and Windows Phone exists.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. I am glad that both BlackBerry and Windows Phone exists as well. Choice is what's always best.

32. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Tell me, are you using linux with AMD chip? are you using CDMA carrier instead of GSM? No, your not. You just WP cheerleader.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

And what Android handset are you using? You STILL won't answer anyone's question when they ask you that. I think you don't have any phone whatsoever.

11. mkhwaja

Posts: 13; Member since: May 28, 2014

If people want Android they will buy Android devices. Do you know how unstable Android OS is compared to BB10? If you knew or if you had used both platforms you wouldn't have made that suggestion. You can already install Android apps..

33. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I don't know how stable bb10 compared to android. But I know bb10 IS UNSTABLE compared to android. 2 of my friend who USED TO BE BB ADDICT pull their hair every time they must do the battery pull on their bb device.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now you're contradicting yourself: "I don't know how stable bb10 compared to android. But I know bb10 IS UNSTABLE compared to android." ----Your words. Do you even comprehend what you type when you're typing it? That statement contradicts itself. BB10 is NOWHERE NEAR UNSTABLE. It's the smoothest, fastest, most powerful OS mobile OS out today. And don't talk about Battery pulls like Android handsets never have to them. Android is the KING of BATTERY PULLS. You are also admitting in the statement that you have in fact NEVER USED a BB10 device before. That means there is NO WAY that you can HONESTLY AND LOGICALLY speak on a BB10 devices performance, strengths, weaknesses(if any), abilities, etc. You have PROVEN yourself to be a liar when it comes to BlackBerry 10 over and over again.

34. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Yes you can install SOME OF ANDROID APPS. But that's it.. SOME!!! and SOME of the apps DOESN'T WORK GOOD on bb10.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can INSTALL ALL Android apps on a BlackBerry 10 device. It will RUN 98% OF THEM. So that means only 2% of Android apps won't work on BB10, and those are ONLY THE ONES THAT NEED/ARE ATTACHED TO GOOGLE SERVICES. That's GREAT in anyone's book but yours. And your book DOESN'T COUNT, seeing as how you've never even used a BB10 device before.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Only Android can save BlackBerry". ---- Tell that to HTC. I don't think they got that memo, seeing as how they are dropping faster than a call girls panties. BlackBerry is just fine with an OS based off of a RTOS, QNX. And with the ability to download Android apps, that just sweetens the deal.

2. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Nice video, hinglish support is new unique. does it support google now and voice typing ?

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Of course it won't support Google Now. Also, android and its 3rd party keyboards are already offering Hinglish support since ages ago.

4. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Okie.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You do realize you can run Android apps on BlackBerry phones now.

35. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

So?? Is that an advantage compared to android device?

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's a BIG ADVANTAGE compared to an Android device. BlackBerry 10 devices can run 98% of all Android apps, AND have their native apps as well, all on the best and most powerful OS on a mobile device.

5. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Who cares...Liquidate already

10. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

AGREE!!! With US$100 android one phone, BB z3 has ZERO chance of success. This US$100 android device is like having a neXus phone @ U$100. REAL GOOGLE EXPERIENCE @ $100 vs. FAKE GOOGLE/android compatibility @ $266 The overpriced US$266 will collecting dust until discounted @US$ 50. When I watch picai at the i/o 2014 livestream saying this US$100 android one, all I can think is bb need to be liquidate quickly.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wahywahoo, how can you say the BlackBerry Z3 has Zero chance of success when it's already a success? A successful launch in your homeland of Indonesia, and it's launching in 8 more markets. I pity you. You just can't seem to grasp the reality of BlackBerry doing well. Poor you.

13. mkhwaja

Posts: 13; Member since: May 28, 2014

Didn't happen and won't happen. Wish sanity could be bought I would have donated some to you.

36. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

almost happened!!! but apparently no one want to buy bb.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

That NEVER happened. And if no one wanted BlackBerry, then why are they STILL in business? Trolls like you have been crying "die BlackBerry die" for over four years now, and yet, BlackBerry is still here and getting better. You should at least try to speak the truth in your comments.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

You need to liquidate your brain of any thoughts of BlackBerry doing so. They are here to stay. You're just going to have to deal with it.

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