Earlier today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, BlackBerry unveiled their new Smartphones for 2014, the BlackBerry Z3 and the BlackBerry Q20. Blackberry has had a rough couple of years and it will be interesting to see how these two Smartphones perform.
The Z3, codenamed Jakarta, is a full touch Smartphone with a 5-inch qHD display screen. This is the first BlackBerry Smartphone produced after the strategic partnership between BlackBerry and Foxconn. The device will run BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, the latest version of the OS.
Under the hood, the Z3 will have a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. 8 GB of internal storage comes standard with this device. A 5 Megapixel camera sits at the back of this Smartphone with a 1.1 Megapixel camera at the front.
The phone will be available as from April for less than $200 (Kshs 16,000 before taxes).
The BlackBerry Q20 on the other hand will have the QWERTY keyboard synonymous with most BlackBerry Smartphones prior to the BB 10 devices. The phone will also have a 3.5-inch screen and is made using premium materials for improved reliability and durability.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen had this to say regarding the Q20:
“In my first 90 days on the job, I consistently heard from our ardent BlackBerry customers that the hard buttons and trackpad are an essential part of the BlackBerry QWERTY experience, that made their BlackBerry smartphone their go-to productivity tool. I want these customers to know that we heard them, and this new smartphone will be for them. Today, we’re delighted to announce the new BlackBerry Q20 smartphone, which is designed to give you the distinct experience that every BlackBerry QWERTY loyalist and high-productivity business customer absolutely loves. With the BlackBerry Q20 smartphone, you’ll get the familiar hard buttons and trackpad that you want, along with the best email service, the best keyboard experience and the best battery life possible.”
This is all we have regarding the BlackBerry devices at this time. We will have more information on these two devices as soon as BlackBerry makes them available.