BlackBerry Z3 Set to Launch in India at June 25 Event

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BlackBerry Z3 Set to Launch in India at June 25 Event
BlackBerry's recently launched low-cost touchscreen smartphone, the Z3, seems all set to be launch in India on June 25. The company has started sending invites for the event scheduled next week with a tagline that said, "Join us to witness the unveiling of the next generation BlackBerry 10 device."

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The BlackBerry Z3 was initially announced in Indonesia and is one of the first devices being made with FIH Mobile Ltd, a unit of the Taiwanese Foxconn Technology Group best known for building devices such as the Apple iPad and iPhone.

The Z3 was made available for the Indonesian market starting mid-May and has been priced less than $200 (roughly Rs. 12,000). Considering the Indonesian market pricing of the BlackBerry Z3, we can expect the smartphone to be priced in the budget segment and will likely intensify competition in the smartphone space in India.

(Also see: BlackBerry Z3 Smartphone Receives a Lukewarm Reception in Indonesia)

Notably, the BlackBerry Z3 is also the first phone to be launched by BlackBerry since new CEO John Chen took the helm late last year.

The Z3 runs BlackBerry 10 OS (version 10.2.1) and features a 5-inch qHD (540x960 pixels) display offering an aspect ratio of 16:9. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8230) processor with 1.5GB RAM.

BlackBerry's Z3 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera and also houses a 1.1-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera. The smartphone includes 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. It packs a 2500mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 15.5 hours talk time and up to 384 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, NFC and Micro-USB.

The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone also comes preloaded with some BlackBerry services such as BlackBerry Hub, BBM, Time Shift, Story Maker camera features, and BB10 browser.

It's worth mentioning that BlackBerry had announced the Z3 touchscreen smartphone, alongside a Classic model with a keyboard, the Q20, at the sidelines of MWC.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Fantastic looks and build quality
  • BlackBerry 10 OS works well for power users
  • Can easily run most Android apps
  • Reasonable value for money
  • Bad
  • Gesture interface is problematic
  • Low overall performance
  • Mediocre camera
Display5.00-inch
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8230
Front Camera1.1-megapixel
Rear Camera5-megapixel
RAM1.5GB
Storage8GB
Battery Capacity2500mAh
OSBlackBerry OS 10
Resolution540x960 pixels
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