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

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.


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

FEATURED VIDEO

49 Comments

1. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

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

5. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

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

7. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

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

18. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..for now..yes!

2. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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!!

12. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 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.

14. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

15. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

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

16. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 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.

34. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 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.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 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.

28. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

42. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

3. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

4. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 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?

31. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 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.

43. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 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.

6. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

@WahyuWisnu. Thanx for that enlightenment . . .

8. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

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

9. KenAdams

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

10. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

11. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 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

13. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.