Blackberry sales are a bit of a disappointment over the past two years–even with the release of the new Blackberry 10 devices. But, new CEO John Chen is not giving up on the company with the announcement of two new devices slotted for this year in partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer FoxConn: the all touch Z3 and the QWERTY Q20.
About until more than 5 years ago, you’d only see Blackberry phones on the hands of businessmen, celebrities and politicians because of the hefty price tag in exchange for more security, top notch push e-mail capabilities and the solid QWERTY keypad every Blackberry fan loves. Then came the Curve 8520, the first affordable Blackberry. During Blackberry’s 2014 MWC press conference, the company is taking a step further in producing budget friendly phones, as the upcoming Z3 will sport a sub $200 price point, unlocked.
Blackberry is known for not going all out with top notch specs on their phones, and the Z3 isn’t a stranger to this. But for a Blackberry phone priced this low, the specs are pretty much good. There’s the 5 inch qHD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a good 1.5 GB worth of RAM, a “long lasting” battery life and the latest Blackberry 10.2.1 OS. It’s a bonus that Blackberry decided to give the phone a nice finish, giving the phone a more premium look and feel–a trait the Canadian company is good at.
The 3G version of the Z3 is expected to hit Indonesia come April, followed by an LTE variant then after, as well as the device’s release for other SouthEast Asian markets, hopefully including the Philippines. The device is more likely to be a hit in our country, especially since it is competitively priced, approximately below Php 8.5k.
Blackberry Z3 official specs:
- Blackberry 10.2.1 OS
- 5 inch ( 540 x 960 pixels ) qHD capacitive touch display at 220 ppi
- 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Adreno 305 GPU
- 1.5 GB of RAM
- 8 GB of ROM
- 5 megapixel main camera
- 1.1 megapixel front facing camera
- WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G/HSDPA/HSUPA, LTE (variant dependent)
- FM Radio
The other Blackberry device announced is the Q10’s successor, dubbed as the Q20 or the classic Blackberry. Although Blackberry CEO John Chen did not shed a lot of specifics on the Q20, we all know that it will sport a 3.5 inch touch display, plus the hardware every loyal Blackberry fan loves: Menu, Send, Back and End buttons, as well as the trackpad and the iconic Blackberry QWERTY keyboard. As a previous Blackberry user, this is what I am excited about. Hopefully, the Q20 will come with amazing specs such as the rumored 64-bit Octa core processor on a Blackberry.
But until Blackberry makes the two devices available on the market, we all just have to wait and see. If you’re hopeful (or not) about what the future holds for the once-mighty Blackberry, then hit us via the comment section below.