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MWC 2014: BlackBerry Z3 and Q20 announced

BlackBerry has finally understood the fact that it cannot go on launching premium devices. It plans on entering the volume segments in future and its torch bearers for the same will be Z3 and Q20. The Z3 will be an all touch smartphone whereas the Q20 will be bringing the good old trackpad and hardware keys back to the BlackBerry lineup.


Talking about the Z3, it will be an all touch device with a 5 inch screen of qHD resolution. Powering the smartphone will be a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon 400 SoC which will be coupled with a 1.5GB RAM. The internal storage capacity of the smartphone will stand at 8GB but there is no information for the time being as to what will be microSD card slot compatibility. We believe it will be 32GB.

At the rear of the smartphone will be a 5MP camera with LED flash and it will be joined in by a 1.1MP front facing camera. The smartphone will run on BB OS 10.2.1 and will come with a sub $200 price tag which would pitch it directly against the Moto G, Lumia 525 and the likes. It is the first smartphone in the company’s partnership with Foxconn. There is no word on global roll out as of now but the same is expected to be announced soon.

Joining the full touchscreen device will be a good-old BlackBerry device which will come with our beloved track pad and hardware keys. The BlackBerry Q20 will come shod with a 3.5 inch touch screen screen whose resolution has not been announced yet. It will be the biggest ever touch screen for a smartphone. It will come with the QWERTY keypad that first made the BlackBerry devices popular. It will come with hardware keys for Menu, Back, Send and End.

It will have a pretty superior battery life as per the company and its details about the same have not been announced as of now. The images of the smartphone have also not been made available and only bleak details regarding the same are available. BlackBerry probably wants to save the same for a later date.

BlackBerry is planning on going back on track with its partnership with Foxconn and will be looking up to Q20 and Z3 to give it a start. BlackBerry will now be pricing its devices on the lower side of things rather than pricing them with an exorbitant premium and that will surely make them more popular by making them accessible for the masses.

Key Specs

Model BlackBerry Z3
Display 5 Inch, 960 x 540
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core
RAM 1.5 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable
OS BB 10
Cameras 5 MP/ 1.1 MP
Battery 2650 mAh
Price To be Announced

Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.