BlackBerry Z3 to be launched next week in Indonesia?

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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16 Comments

1. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

hope this one saves BB

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

6. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

i d i o t.

3. loveparadise1990

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 08, 2014

nothing to expect from it

7. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

s h u t u p

5. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

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

8. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 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.

9. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

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

10. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

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

11. r3trokiller

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

13. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 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

14. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

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

12. r3trokiller

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

15. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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.

16. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Who cares nobody will buy it

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