MWC 2014: sub-$200 BlackBerry Z3 coming in April, QWERTY-based Q20 Classic later this year

MWC 2014: sub-0 BlackBerry Z3 coming in April, QWERTY-based Q20 Classic later this yearBlackBerry may not have a huge presence at MWC this year, but it hasn't stopped CEO John Chen from dishing some new info on a pair of upcoming 'Berrys set to emerge later this year.

The first is no surprise at all: it's the BlackBerry Z3 (or Jakarta), which has been on the radar for a while now. However, the second – to be known as the BlackBerry Q20 or Classic – is another matter altogether.

But first let's cover the Z3. Chen didn't go as far as officially announcing it, but did fill in some details as to when it'll be available, and more importantly for how much.

The BlackBerry Z3 is a collaboration between BlackBerry and Chinese mega-manufacturer Foxconn, and while Chen didn't dish up any specs, based on existing rumours and a new post on the BlackBerry blog we're expecting a 5in qHD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 5MP/1.1MP cameras and a 2650mAh battery.

As its “Jakarta” codename suggests, Indonesia will be the first port of call for BlackBerry's latest, where it will be available in April. Chen also revealed that it will be priced at under $200 (£135-ish).

BlackBerry clearly hasn't got its global rollout plan finalised, but Chen did promise an LTE-enabled variant of the Z3 would be launched internationally at some point too.

The BlackBerry Q20, or Classic, meanwhile, is another QWERTY handset that will land at some point during the year. It will apparently mark a return of the classic trackpad and function keys – hence the “Classic” moniker), which will probably appeal to many BlackBerry diehards.

That's the only news we have at this stage, but things will no doubt be cleared up in the months to come.

Chen also promised further new handsets later this year, but didn't divulge any details.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2014 at 13:06

So the Q20 won't be touch? Why else a trackpad?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2014 at 17:23

Aaaah, yes... makes sense: Touchscreen and trackpad for "more efficient" one-handed use.


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