BlackBerry is gearing up to launch its next new smartphone in India soon. If priced right, the BlackBerry Z3, could help the smartphone vendor gain some of the ground it has lost over the past couple of years. The BlackBerry Z3 could be launched in India in a couple of weeks and priced around Rs 11,000, the Financial Express reports, though it looks like they have simply converted the price of the phone in Indonesia into Indian Rupees. BGR India is hearing it could be priced above Rs 15,000 but sources say BlackBerry could lower the price in order to remain competitive.
The Canadian smartphone vendor created ripples after slashing the price of the Z10 to Rs 17,990, which has proven to be very popular in the country with stocks running out. First introduced at upwards of Rs 40,000 the BlackBerry Z10 proved to be a flop and the company had to write off nearly $1 billion worth of inventory as a result.
The BlackBerry Z3 is the company’s effort to be relevant in some markets like Indonesia and India, where it still has some volume sales. Codenamed Jakarta, the smartphone is the first product of a five-year partnership between BlackBerry and Foxconn.
The Z3 features a 5-inch qHD (960×540 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, paired with Adreno 305 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. Other BlackBerry Z3 specifications include a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card, and a 2,500mAh battery. It will be the most affordable BB10 full-touch smartphone from BlackBerry.