Report: low cost BlackBerry smartphone in the works – Mobile World Live

Report: low cost BlackBerry smartphone in the works

18 FEB 2014

Details have emerged of what looks set to be the first BlackBerry device from the struggling vendor’s partnership with Foxconn, which is being referred to as the Z3.

BlackBerry announced a joint device development and manufacturing agreement with Foxconn late last year, with the initial focus on “development of a consumer smartphone for Indonesia and other fast-growing markets in early 2014”.

This formed part of a restructure designed to enable the company to focus more on its enterprise mobility efforts, following lacklustre sales of its BlackBerry 10-powered smartphones during 2013.

The new device, which was previously known by the codename “Jakarta”, will apparently be unveiled at Mobile World Congress next week.

It will have a touchscreen design not dissimilar to an earlier BlackBerry 10 device, be powered by a 1.2GHz dualcore processor, and include 1.5GB of memory. Other mooted details include a 5 megapixel main camera, 8GB of storage, and relatively low-resolution (960×540 pixels) screen.

Pricing has been reported to be at around the $150 mark.


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