BlackBerry’s Z3, codenamed Jakarta, is a device that is aimed at the emerging markets, and will be available for under $200.
BlackBerry’s Jakarta is said to be the first low-end handset to come out of its alliance with Foxconn. The handset is said to be manufactured at Foxconn’s Indonesia factories, hence the codename “Jakarta.” Aimed at emerging markets, the BlackBerry Z3, as the handset will likely be called, is set to retail for around $150.
While details regarding the device were scarce, the leaked press render showcases a mobile that is similar in design to the Z1, albeit with lesser curves. While BlackBerry has stated that it will launch a QWERTY based device later this year, the Z3 will be a full touchscreen offering. The hardware details of the device were also leaked in conjunction with the render, and they include a 5-inch qHD screen (960 x 540), 1.2GHz dual-core processor of unknown origin, 1.5 GB RAM, 5 MP camera with LED flash, 1.1 MP front shooter and a 2,650 mAh battery. The BlackBerry Z3 will feature 8 GB of internal storage.
The $150 price tag would give the BlackBerry Z3 the ability to go head to head with similar offerings in the Android and Windows Phone arena, but whether consumers will be interested in the handset is another matter altogether. The BlackBerry Z3 will likely be announced at the Mobile World Congress next week.