BlackBerry Z3 specs and pics leak ahead of possible MWC launch

BlackBerry Z3 specs and pics leak ahead of possible MWC launchNew specs and images have hit the web claiming to shed light on what's likely to be the next BlackBerry smartphone release – the low-end BlackBerry Jakarta being developed in conjunction with Foxconn.

Or the BlackBerry Z3, if you prefer, as that's the official name we're told the Jakarta will launch as, with an announcement possibly coming at Mobile World Congress next week.

That would certainly explain the sudden influx of Jakarta-related rumours that have popped up.

For starters we have some genuine-looking renders of the new 'Berry posted by N4BB – not just the pic we've included here but several others too showing the rear view in full and views of all four edges.

It's by no means attractive in a take-your-breath-away kind of way, but then that's not what BlackBerry has ever been about. But it's neat, tidy and moderately pleasant to look at, which is good enough.

N4BB also puts forward the theory that the Jakarta will be officially named the BlackBerry Z3 when it's announced, though it does add that this is by no means confirmed.

For the specs, we turn to Indonesian site BBin, which tells us we're looking at a 5in 540-960 pixel 24-bit colour LCD, an unspecified 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear camera with autofocus, flash and 5x digital zoom, a 1.1MP front-facer with 3x digital zoom and a non-removable 2650mAh battery.

If that's all correct, the Jakarta certainly isn't completely at the very lowest end of the smartphone spectrum, so if rumours of a $150 (£100-ish) price tag are to be believed, it could be an attractive option.

The Jakarta was first namedropped by new BlackBerry CEO John Chen in December when announcing a five-year strategic partnership with Chinese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn.

It will supposedly be introduced first in Indonesia (no surprise there given the name Jakarta), and will spearhead BlackBerry's efforts to build its presence in emerging markets in the months and years to come.

As for the rumours of a MWC announcement, they originated from comments made by the Foxconn chairman Terry Gou himself, so it's probably safe to mark this one down as a definite.

Via Crackberry

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 17, 2014 at 13:58

Hahaha 5x Digital Zoom... What's the point? Blackberry's cameras stink at any zoom level. Always have. Still, GOOD LUCK. But unless they stop overpricing, luck won't help them. Not with the Moto G around etc...


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