New Delhi: BlackBerry’s low cost touchscreen smartphone, the Z3, which was first launched Indonesia in May last month, is set to arrive in India soon with a price tag of Rs 11,000. In Indonesia, the phone was launched as a limited edition model — the BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition — featuring the inscription “Jakarta” on the back of the phone to commemorate the launch of the first BlackBerry smartphone built specifically for the Indonesian market.
BlackBerry already has a stronghold in a developing market like Indonesia. It’s the first smartphone BlackBerry has released since John Chen became CEO in November and the first BlackBerry smartphone to be designed by Foxconn, as part of a new relationship BlackBerry announced in December with the China-based electronics manufacturer. Foxconn is best known as a builder of iPhones and iPads.
The Z3 is a 5-inch touchscreen phone running the new BlackBerry 10 Operating System version 10.2.1.
It is a mid-range handset, featuring a 5-inch full touch display with a 540×960 resolution. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC which has a dual-core processor along with 1.5GB of RAM. The smartphone sports a 5MP rear camera and a 1.1MP front-facing camera.
The 5MP rear camera is good for taking images providing the settings are right, but the 1.1MP front camera is no good. Though you can take quick images but sadly won’t be getting any masterpieces from the Z3 camera. The camera has got auto-focus and also has the Time Shift mode along with some great filters.
It’s 3G enabled, and has all the standard fare — Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and even Miracast support. The device gets its juice from a big 2500mAh battery — and it does it grand fashion. There is no LTE in this model. The Z3 is also lighter in weight.
At 164g, the Z3 comes in at just a touch lighter than the Z30’s 170g. The device fits snugly in the hand and it’s not slippery at all thanks to the textured back. But it may prove a bit too wide for those with smaller hands. Overall, it has a pretty decent built and doesn’t at all feel “cheap.”
All the standard fare is here — Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and even Miracast support. The back camera is a mediocre 5MP, while the front-facing lens is just 1.1MP. It’s not the worst camera we’ve seen in a BlackBerry (yes, Bold 9900, that’s you) but it still not great. It did however take some decent shots providing the lighting was good.
There’s no removable battery door on the Z3, and has the SIM and SD card slots on the right side of the device, under a flimsy little door. On the left are the power and volume buttons. A 3.5mm headphone jack sits on the top, on the bottom there is a microUSB port.
Key features of Z3:
BlackBerry Hub – The BlackBerry Hub is a the centralized location for all of your notifications on the Z3, and it’s accessible anywhere, anytime. Swipe to the right from the homescreen to see your email, text messages, phone calls, social notifications, BBM chats and more. New features like BlackBerry Priority Hub and pinch gestures allow for even deeper use of the Hub as well. The Hub is good for multitasking.
BBM – The feature offers BBM voice and video chatting with Screen Share and support for BlackBerry Natural Sound.
BlackBerry Keyboard – The BlackBerry Keyboard learns what words you use and how you use them, then offers them up to you so you can type faster and more accurately.
Time Shift & Story Maker – While the Time Shift camera feature allows to capture a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open, you can use Story Maker to bring a collection of photos and videos together, along with music and effects, to produce an HD movie that you can instantly share on YouTube.
BlackBerry 10 Browser – The BlackBerry 10 browser sets the industry benchmark for HTML5 performance on smartphones, and is fast and fluid.
Instant Previews & Reply Now – Instant Previews brings BBM, SMS and email message to you no matter what you are doing on your Z3.
Fast, Easy Sharing – The Z3 gives offers fast sharing. Touching “share” in any app provides suggestions on who and how to share your files based on who you’ve shared with in the past.
FM Radio – You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.