BlackBerry Z3 launched in India, priced at Rs 15,990

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As expected, the BlackBerry Z3 has been launched in India today. Priced at Rs 15,990, the Z3 is the first device to come out of BlackBerry’s 5-year deal with Foxconn to manufacture smartphones running on the BlackBerry 10 platform. It is also the most affordable all-touch BlackBerry smartphone the company has ever launched. The company announced that pre-booking for the Z3 will start today on the Mobile Store, Flipkart and BlackBerry exclusive stores, and the smartphone will eventually be avaiable from July 2.

In terms of specifications, we are looking at a 5-inch qHD (960×540 pixels) display with a pixel density of 220ppi. The BlackBerry Z3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor with Adreno 305 GPU, coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage, of which only 4GB is available to users but there is a microSD card slot.

The BlackBerry Z3 comes with a 5-megapixel rear and 1.1-megapixel front-facing cameras. There is a massive 2,500mAh battery as well, which BlackBerry claims is good enough for 15 hours of talktime.

We think BlackBerry missed out a brilliant opportunity to come back in the smartphone game with the Z3. The Rs 15,990 pricing is slightly disappointing as we were expecting BlackBerry to come out with all guns blazing, especially after selling the Z10 briskly after its price was slashed to Rs 17,990. Anyway, the Rs 15,990 is the MRP and we are hoping that the BlackBerry Z3 will retail for lower once it is available in the market.

FEATURES

BLACKBERRY Z3

DIMENSIONS

140×72.8×9.26mm

WEIGHT

164 grams

DISPLAY

5-inch qHD (960×540 pixels) 220ppi

PROCESSOR

1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 dual-core

GPU

Adreno 305

RAM

1.5GB

STORAGE

8GB expandable up to 32GB using a microSD card

CAMERAS (REAR/FRONT)

5-megapixel/1.1-megapixel

BATTERY

2,500mAh

BATTERY PERFORMANCE

15.5 hours talktime, 384 hours standby

OS

BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS