MWC: BlackBerry’s Jakarta announced as the Z3

No news as to whether it is dual SIM yet

The handset codenamed Jakarta has emerged at MWC 2014 as the BlackBerry Z3 smartphone. As was obvious from the codename, BlackBerry has now openly stated that the Z3 has been designed with Indonesian customers in mind. Which means it will be affordable for customers in Indonesia as well as being customised with local apps and content. The Z3 is also the first smartphone to emerge from BlackBerry’s strategic partnership with Foxconn. GoMo News was surprised that the Jakarta is part of the all-touch Z range, though.

Although the Z3 was formally announced at MWC 2014, the full specifications for the handset have yet to be released. So we still don’t know if it will be a dual SIM model. Not a hard task for Foxconn to do, though.

Terry Gou, Foxconn chairman, observed, “BlackBerry is beloved in Indonesia and its loyal fans have made it a popular smartphone brand.2

He continued, “This is why we are so proud to be able to help bring BlackBerry even closer to Indonesia with a fantastic product that will be accessible to even more Indonesians.”

Significantly, BlackBerry does have a page here (which is in Indonesia) which gives a quick glimpse of what the Z3 will offer.

Better still you can sign up on that page to receive more details of the Z3 when they become available.

All the company is stressing at the moment is that the handset will have a  a 5 inch display; long lasting battery and comes with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1.

Which – as GoMo News revealed here, means that Z3 owners will be able to run Android apps on this handset.

The Z3 smartphone is expected to be available from MNOs and retailers in Indonesia in April. We’d guess that it should be priced sub-$200.

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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