BlackBerry Z3 touches down in the Philippines

BlackBerry Z3 touches down in the Philippines
The BlackBerry Z3 continues its travels around the emerging markets, as the phone is available starting today in the Philippines. Authorized retailers are selling the device, the first to tumble down the assembly lines at Foxconn as part of a 5 year pact with BlackBerry. The contract manufacturer designs the phone, builds and stores it, and BlackBerry contributes the OS and marketing. Both split the profit.

The BlackBerry Z3 is aimed at emerging markets. The entry-level phone offers a 5 inch screen with resolution of 540 x 960, which works out to a pixel density of 220ppi. A dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU drives the handset, which has 1.5GHz of RAM on board. 8GB of native storage comes with the phone, although those needing additional memory can employ the 32GB capacity microSD slot. There is a 5MP camera on back, and a 1.1MP snapper on front. A 2500mAh battery should keep you running all day. The BlackBerry Z3 costs 10,990 pesos, or about $250 USD.

While Foxconn churns out these entry-level devices, BlackBerry is designing its high-end models in-house. That move could pay off for BlackBerry as we could soon see the release of the intriguing BlackBerry Passport with its 4.5 inch 1440 x 1440 screen, and a new unique QWERTY keyboard. The latter features contextually aware virtual keys. For those who need a more "old-school" approach, the BlackBerry Classic will feature the Bold-like QWERTY keyboard along with a trackpad and function keys. These models will be found in developed markets including the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

source: BerryReview

Related phones

  • 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)



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

As I've said before, the calculated deployment of the BlackBerry Z3 is going very well for BlackBerry. They need to churn out more low cost BB10 handsets in emerging markets to help shore up market share where they still have strong presence. Good job, BlackBerry!

2. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

ZTE just sold 50K nubia in 5 minute, and BB will successfully sold 5000 BB Z3 in 5 weeks. BB could archive what ZTE, Xiaomi and others archive easily if BB know what power user want.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry sold 30,000 units of the Z3 in TWO WEEKS in India. You're a fool if you think the same can't be done in the Philippines. Such a TROLL. Over 600 posts, and all NEGATIVE about BlackBerry. You are obsessed.

20. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

i'm from the philippines and i tell you, it CANNOT BE DONE here. not when asus recently announced the zenfone 5 here for $150 and local quadcore 720p phones costing $115. and we aren't even as large a market as india is.

22. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

I like BB (and Nokia, Samsung, Sony too), but numbers are here: 2010 SymbianNokia phones - more than 1 000 000 pieces/day worldwide 2014 iPhone 5S - more than 400 000 pcs/d worldwide Samsung - more than 1 000 000 pcs/d worldwide WP + WRT - less than 100 000 pcs/d worldwide BB Z3 - around 30 000 pcs/two weeks in India

23. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

smarter, Your Z3 number is wrong. The first 2 weeks number and the next 2 weeks IS NOT the same. BB might be able to sell 30K Z3 in 2 weeks, but the next 2 weeks BB might just sell 100 pieces.... That's the way market work.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

BlackBerry mistakenly thinks that people will gonna buy BlackBerry phones just because of brand name as it was long time ago. Back in days BlackBerry was a "status" symbol the same stupid trend as it happens with Apple products. But looks like BlackBerry still can't realize that those days are past. Normal users moved to Android and Windows Phone camps, "status" symbol trend followers moved to Apple camp. And without looking at any fake statistics, there is the simplest way to prove that BlackBerry is not popular and that there is no big interest in new BlackBerry Passport phone is to go through many different tech sites and look how much comments has articles about BlackBerry and how much comments has articles about other manufacturers. After that it should be clear that BlackBerry is no more popular and that there is no big interest in new BlackBerry Passport phone.

18. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Could not agree with you more

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Thank you, apiskula!

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Meanestgenuis will be here soon. +1 good post.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Before you continue to spew your crap, just remember this: "BlackBerry’s square-screened phone to free us from our ‘rectangular world,’” went the headline of Andrew Cunningham’s piece in Ars Technica, one of many pieces that propelled the Passport near the top of industry news aggregator, TechMeme The Passport’s boundary-breaking design and oversized 1,440×1,440 screen resonated with many writers. “One of the obvious reasons for BlackBerry Passport’s square form factor is the need for innovation,” wrote Softpedia’s Cosmin Vasile. “In a market where design matters a lot, BlackBerry found out that there weren’t too many square handsets available and has decided to go for it.” TechCrunch’s Darrell Etheringon agreed. “BlackBerry is at least taking a different approach to the smartphone/tablet/whatever-mobile-computer, the design of all which has been largely normalized over the past few years.” So did Jon Fingas of influential gadget blog, Engadget. “They’re interesting ideas, and the unusual form factor might just work for BlackBerry’s suit-and-tie audience. Even BGR’s Brad Reed was moved to write that “the BlackBerry Passport wasn’t designed for iS***p and Fandroids who want to play Candy Crush all day — it’s for people who want to do real work, and that means having a physical keyboard that can fire off emails like no other phone.” Predictably, some publications took a cautious approach to the Passport’s innovations, opting to defend a status quo dominated by an endless conveyor belt of entertainment-driven, homogenous devices. But when everything tastes like chicken, maybe it’s time for a different flavor. Clamoring Consumers Besides the media coverage, the number of reader comments indicated the strong interest. BGR’s post drew 170+ comments; the Ars post drew more than 240 comments, while Engadget’s blog drew nearly 380 comments. Let’s not forget the 120+ comments at our blog as well as the combined 800 comments at CrackBerry! These comments tended towards the passionate and insightful. “As a matter of fact the touch-sensitive physical keyboard is certainly far more inventive than anything Apple or the Android camp so far managed to pull up when it comes to text entry,” commented one reader of The Register’s piece." That was taken from here: So what's that BS you just posted again?

4. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

BlackBerry is already a thing of the past here in the Philippines so I guess this will still be a struggle for them. Local smartphone market is dominated by Samsung, Apple, Sony, Cherry Mobile, MyPhone, and some Chinese brands.

5. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

It's the same as in everywhere. BB is already the things in the past because they failed to understand that no one want unstable device that needs the battery being pull out every now and then (the embarrassing moment of any bb user)

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Battery pull? What ANCIENT BlackBerry device are you talking about, Wahy? And PLEASE don't act like Androids don't need battery pulls every half-hour, because they do. Laggy and ALWAYS freezing. And PLEASE don't act like iOS doesn't hit you with the "please connect to iTunes" every other day. The lies you propagate are enormous!

8. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

For consumer but for corporate, this thing is surely in demand specially the keyboard type. Cant wait till globe offer passport!!!

12. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

It is true, here in the United States, you occasionally see BlackBerry phone, but iPhone and Galaxy Phones are everywhere. But, it is always nice for people to have choices and it is always good for competition and innovation. Apart from that, if you fall and don't get up you are a loser and BlackBerry is anything but a loser at this time. As you have noticed there are iOS and Android fans out there who have been screaming their hearts out for the last couple of years that BB is dead but look they are still here. I have had both iPhones and Android devices but now I am using BlackBerry. Wouldn't you like a little competition and options to choose from?

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"BlackBerry is already a thing of the past here in the Philippines..." BlackBerry is a thing of the past not only in Philippines, BlackBerry is a thing of the past almost in the rest of the world.

6. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

10,999?? lol we can get mi3 on that. just seen it on lazada, (an online shopping web)

7. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

LOL. BB still don't understand that it's brand value already tarnished by the BAD-build-quality of BB OS 7, and the BBM-become-not-important. They need to change to android, if they still want to have the FIRST TIER (brand) price.

9. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

it's like apple have made an "affordable" device, but still the specs are not justified by the price.. :D with that price, we can buy 18mp snapper and 8mp front cam and battery replaceable. goodluck BB, as Filipinos, always look at the specs of the camera of a device, yep many don't know megapixels doesn't mean good image quality but hey, normal people doesn't know that, all they know is, "THE BIGGER THE NUMBERS, THE BETTER" i wish them a really big LUCK! maybe some hipsters-wanna-be are the one who's gonna buy them, because android and apple are too mainstream. LOL

11. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I don't think any hipsters-wanna-be want this phone either. With this phone, it is guarantee that you will miss any current trend, such as flappy bird & timber man, not to mention, tons of PREMIUM QUALITY apps were not available for BB10.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

You do realize that BlackBerry can run 98% of all Android apps, right? And quite well. So cut the bullish!t about apps.

38. zarneguy

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Is that a fact or an opinion? Stop stereo typing the Filipinos as dumb. Are you one dumb Filipino who buy phone just for the camera Specs.? Clearly the Z3 is not for you as it was not made for selfies. It is mainly for a working stiff like me who value the phone for what it is: A great tool for communication and the most secured OS. If all Filipinos are like you then there is no hope for Blackberry. BTW, I do not consider Pres. Obama as a hipster wanna be because he is using Blackberry.

39. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

did I ever said Filipinos are dumb? are you a Filipino too? the one who always misinterprets a statement as an offensive criticism? :D Filipinos are wise enough not to buy that piece of junk because they have better option than blackberry z3, you completely misunderstood me, that's why I also said MAYBE "hippies" are the one who's gonna buy them, just to look different. yes i'm one of Filipino who represent typical Filipinos, and yes, blackberry will gonna have a bad time to sell here in PH, and I don't take selfies, i just love good camera in cellphones because I want an all-rounder cellphone, not this kind of piece of junk overpriced underspeced handset. as I quote " It is mainly for a working stiff like me who value the phone for what it is: A great tool for communication and the most secured OS." average filipino doesn't have an obsession for security, we are emerging markets, typical filipino have nothing to lose, (poor to middle class even rich individuals) I'll try to reply and explain on your argument 1.PRICE. it is entry level, meaning it is made for tight budgeted people, if you are referring for security, who are the target market of this kind of price? the middle class. do they really need secured os? No. they just want a smartphone with value for money meaning cheap but with good or great specs, e.g xiaomi mi3 ascend g6 and many more, 2, great tool for communication? isn't that what smartphone are for? and if you're referring that BB is made for working or businesses, then why many aren't using Blackberry? that means samsung and iphones are less realiable for workers or doing business? no, because if so, many will be using blackberry, right? 3, security. rich people or businessmen maybe paranoid about security but are they gonna buy z3? not all, others will buy samsung s5, or iphone. because they can afford a much expensive handsets, they won't looking at z3 spec wise, and build wise. i'm not stereotyping, i'm just representing majority of people... and it is represented by the figures as Android dominates Ios in terms of sales. many are not rich, tech savvy, security obsessed, all they want is value for money, a phone that can browse the internet, play games, shoot great images, and many more with price that is right. :) sorry for the long reply! peace!

24. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

LOL. And Wahuey doesn't understand that he is BlackBerry obsessed!

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

They need to change to Android, huh? Ask HTC and Sony how well that's working out for them....

10. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Ummmmmmm.... that's the same price of the Z10... i prefer my Z10 than this though

14. jraympres2

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Too bad for BB Z3 Pricing here in the Philippines. BB Z3 = 10,188 pesos BB Q5 = 10,867 pesos BB Q10 = 14,603 pesos BB Z10 = 11,206 pesos Xiaomi Mi3 = 10,599 pesos Xiaomi Mi3 sold out in just a day in one and only retailer Lazada.

16. jraympres2

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

I hope BlackBerry will survive. I'm planning to jump on WP or BB10. I'm tired of using android I want something new.

17. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Should try both.. I tried Windows phone for like half an hour at a store.. didn't like it much, but you should try yourself.. Hey, everyone has their own opinion, don't let someone else decide for you.

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