BlackBerry Z3 and BlackBerry Q20 introduced in Barcelona along with BES 12

BlackBerry Z3 and BlackBerry Q20 introduced in Barcelona along with BES 12
BlackBerry has introduced the BlackBerry Z3 at Barcelona on Tuesday. This is the first model to have been produced under the arrangement agreed to by both BlackBerry and Foxconn under the terms of a five year deal signed by both sides. Under the deal, Foxconn will design, produce and warehouse these models that are aimed at emerging markets. BlackBerry will provide the software and profits will be split.

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.


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24 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Wish you the best BlackBerry.... You were one of the smartphone world founders beside Nokia and Motorola. You should not die!.

2. lucid.brat unregistered

Price is simply amazing...

3. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

below 200 usd .. nice!

4. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Hope to get one here in Austria...

5. toink unregistered

before you die?...I guess its not happening soon then.

7. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Lmao, I was thinking the same thing, how odd to say that.

15. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 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: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Nah, I think for now BB only wants to focus on emerging markets, where budget phones are in high demand.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Love the design :)

10. ady_lad

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

Great Blackberry...i'd buy one!

11. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Feel bad for that guy in the background. That almost looks intentional.

20. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

lol, thats the bb ceo. Its just the angle

12. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

this phone is a looker at this price wow

13. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 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: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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!

17. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Kdie.

18. zuliner

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 08, 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.,,,

19. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

speak englisch. thank you.

21. Amir1 unregistered

There's only one Z3 and it will be announcement at IFA. ;-)

23. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 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: Jan 23, 2014

Blackberry phones are awesome, I had a Curve 9360 before and I love it. It's easy to type.

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