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BlackBerry Z3 ‘Jakarta Edition’ officially unveiled, comes with a 5-inch display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor

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BlackBerry officially announced the BlackBerry Z3 “Jakarta Edition” today. This entry-level BB10 device will not be making an appearance in Canada as it’ll only be available “at all BlackBerry Lifestyle stores in Indonesia,” and carrier partners in the region.

Specs of the BlackBerry Z3 have also been unveiled. The Z3 has a 5-inch touchscreen with 540×960 qHD resolution, BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, 1.5GB RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 2500mAh non-removable battery, 5MP rear camera that takes 1080p videos and a 1.1MP front-facing camera.

The Z3 is priced incredibly low at $200 and will be available starting May 15th — the company is anticipating lineups on opening day. This is BlackBerry’s first device made by Foxconn. To celebrate this new partnership, BlackBerry noted that there will be “a limited edition model featuring the inscription ‘Jakarta’ on the back of the device will be available for a limited period, to commemorate the launch of the first BlackBerry smartphone built specifically for the Indonesia market.”

Update: BlackBerry has posted some pictures of the launch day in Indonesia and stated that “consumers lined up at stores around Jakarta” and that the Z3 “sold out on its first day of availability in the Indonesian capital.”

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Source: BlackBerry
Via: Marketwired, N4BB

  • higginsj

    nothing new here to see folks. another turd device from blackberry with low end specs. and yes, i don’t care if it’s for a third world country the device is still sub par to that of Apple and other manufacturers. If you’re piss poor and cannot afford a phone, this is for you but don’t cry when the browser crashes because it cannot run a web page, or when your device automatically resets – garbage phone, garbage OS, garbage company, garbage management.

    i’ll take an iphone any day.

    • Box

      Typical I sheep responce!

    • PT

      I call imoron … !

    • Skbwolf

      “browser crashes because” Well someone has no clue about Blackberry 10 phones

    • Syaz

      Particularly funny because he’s an iPhone user… an iPhone which can’t run Flash… :)

    • Steve Rodrigue

      Flash is dead for mobile since a long time!
      (Not from an iPhone user, I always had Nexus)

      If you still need flash on a mobile device, it’s because you rely on website or web services that don’t care about mobile users.

    • johentie

      this is true… but the fact is people still use flash… and sometimes u need to access those websites… there are too many companies out there that don’t have the money to revamp and update their websites all the time… it’s that one time u need that one website that makes it worth it

    • Syaz

      Alas, it still exists (quite unfortunately). Many websites simply don’t care for mobile users.

      If the Z30 didn’t exist, I’d probably have the Nexus 5. It’s a good device.

    • johentie

      just buy both ; > haha i’m gonna sell my Note 3 for the oneplus and the nexus 5.. to add to my Z30

    • Syaz

      Often tempting (particularly as the Note 3 and Nexus 5 are the two phones that could sway me from BlackBerry). I had bought a Nexus 5 for my sister, played with it for a few weeks. However, I found myself missing the BB Hub, browser and HDMI port… So I went back to the Z30.

    • danbob999

      the N5 does have a HDMI port

    • Syaz

      I should clarify — Micro HDMI port.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Unless you have ultra-rare ticket/invite to order one, you won’t be able to buy a OnePlus One for a while.

    • johentie

      u mean june? that’s not a while ; > well that’s what i last heard.. mid to late june for the public.. mid may to mid june for invites..if they wait too long their shine is going to turn into dullness… but at that price point it might not..

    • simpleton

      lmao flash. welcome to 2014

    • Syaz

      Flash still exists and is still relevant until the last site goes dead.

    • johentie

      well sir you definitely do not know anything about how BB10 was built huh?

      it probably crashes LESS then most android phones.. and u have to compare the 5c in terms of specs.. both have pros and cons.. but the price point is $200 for the Z3.. the 5C was $200 on a 2 year contract…. on 10.2.1 my browser has NEVER crashed… and there are SOOO Many blog posts on how BB10′s browser out performs both iOS and Android… so i do not know what ur talking about there.. i’d understdand if you used BB10 when it was first launched.. but now?? i doubt it… did u use iOS when within it’s FIRST year of launch .. or even Android?? my GOODNESS it was horrible!!!!!!!!!!!! i have both the first gen iphone and the first gen Andoird HTC G1…and where bb10 is now after just over a year… well u can go mock the poor all you want in ur little spoiled life!

      have u even used bb10? i can probably out perform your iphone with my z30 any day of the week… plus do WAY more, more efficiently.. wanna compare? i bet u’ll lose…

      i get so frustrated when i use my note 3 after using my z30 for a week…. but then the big screen size and high resolution remind me why i like my note 3..

    • southerndinner

      There are more words in that whinefest than there are customers buying BB10 devices in all of May.

      Truth.

    • johentie

      nah your just mad cause my post is the truth ; >

    • southerndinner

      Your logic is as sound as your spelling.

    • johentie

      sorry i don’t go wasting my time proof reading blog comments..and is that all you can really come up with and say without having anything to prove my logic incorrect? or are u just another ignorant wannabe tech user that can’t really appreciate what each device and company has contributed? i don’t mind admitting being wrong just as long as someone can prove me wrong..

    • Andrew English

      I have owned my Z10 STL3 device since it was released in Canada, its not once restarted or crashed. People who have trouble with the OS on their devices is more than likely because they are too abusive with their devices. BlackBerry has had it’s troubles but so has everyone else. So give it a rest already, I understand you don’t like BBRY devices that’s okay, but to be in your face with everyone else suggests that you are have a mental problem and you need to seek help immeditately!

    • charlie2010

      re: its not once restarted or crashed
      Most critics are thinking of their BB from 2009, they dont realize BB10 is completely new, poor marketing by BB.

    • Andrew English

      BBRY does advertise their BB10 devices, you just have to remember BBRY is more a business device, they are focusing on on the enterprise market rather than the consumer sheeple market. If critics are too dumb to educated themselves, that’s no fault of BBRY’s but their own.

    • southerndinner

      The critics and users have tried BB10 and are unimpressed. Blackberry tried to GIVE away Z10s to people on the sales floor yet they all returned to their Galaxy or iPhone once they realized that BB10 has next to nothing to offer.

      Even those who even *kept* their Z10 still have an alternative, better device at their disposal when they’re in possession of their Z10.

    • charlie2010

      re: The critics and users have tried BB10 and are unimpressed
      I seriously doubt that. The sales reps will typically convince buyers to purchase an iphone/galaxy after ridiculing you for asking for BB10 phone, these sales reps have no clue what BB10 has to offer either, too busy playing Flappy Bird. Some vendors do not even stock them, you need to order them online,

    • southerndinner

      The reason vendors don’t stock them is because the customers have spoken and the customers don’t care about BB10

    • southerndinner

      BlackBerry does advertise, but no one cares because they all know BlackBerry = garbage

    • johentie

      really? tell me why? u can’t.. so you should stop talking.. i can sit here and prove u wrong in every way that BB10 is either better or can compare to your current device… it’s better time spent then proof reading my comments for spelling and grammar mistakes…regardless of sales or who likes them or not… just strictly BB10 in itself.. regardless of how it was built or the hardware used (cause we all know hardware is sometimes just a gimmick cause if it wasn’t the iphone should be at the bottom of that list, i will be the first to admit iOS runs well and optimized well without having 3GB of ram and a quad core processor). just strictly USER experience and flow..

    • Nexzen

      Oh lord he still hasn’t found out Google makes android.

    • simpleton

      this is a direct rip off of the nokia phone design

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      I don’t hate iPhone but using my wife’s from time to time I have to say iOS has the worst typing experience of any phone on the market. Further – iOS is such a basic OS. The big home butting seems like it’s out of 2009. To each their own I guess – follow the crowd.

    • freddysrevng2

      @ AppleBerry… even the great, former WSJ Tech Critic/Friend of Steve Jobs said that they keyboard on the iPhone 5 was “disappointing” while saying that he was impressed with the keyboard on the BlackBerry Z10… which is awesome and the larger one on the BlackBerry Z30 is the best on the market…
      Don’t feel bad for thinking that the keyboard on the iPhone sucks… because it does…

    • Nexzen

      this is why apple can buy beats for $3.2 billion and you’re in debt of $699 to afford your iphone.

    • MXH070

      ^^^Clueless^^^

  • hardy83

    Well a low end phone worked for Motorola. I’m sure it could work for BB.

    Seems like a lot of companies are stating to stop chasing the high end market dominated by Samsung and Apple.

    • Syaz

      It’s the smartest move. Apple has their followers and have done well with producing high end handsets and marketing them to everyone. Samsung flooded the market and took market share based on sheer number of products available. BlackBerry, once dominant, now have to do exactly this; try to flood the market at all price tiers, to hopefully gain traction. Time will tell.

    • southerndinner

      lol no traction to gain when you’re bleeding out even your piddly 1% market share

      RIP Blackberry garbage

    • Syaz

      RIP applies only when it’s dead and gone. When it’s gone, then start with the RIP business. However, individuals such as yourself are starting to look a bit foolish, having spouted RIP nonsense for years now. Guess what? They’re still going. Deal with it and move on. Don’t come into a thread to just to spread your hate.

    • southerndinner

      Someone is sad that his Z30 is going to be sold in the $99 bargain bin before long, just like the garbage Playbook

    • Syaz

      Cool story.

    • Striker67

      Good Lord you are sounding like a broken record. Fine you don’t like BB. Every one gets it. No reason to criticize any one who does. Have you used a Z10 or z30 with the latest updates? I haven’t but would be curious to at least try it before I call it garbage.

    • southerndinner

      It didn’t “work” for Motorola, they still lose money

  • johentie

    actually there will be in the parts of the world it gets released…. and not all countries where these devices gets released are “poor” like u ignorant people say.. have you heard of Dubai?? just google search the line ups in Indonesia, India as well as Dubai for blackberrys..

  • danbob999

    The Moto G is better. And cheaper.
    BlackBerry fails again.

    • Syaz

      It’s possible… But until you actually try them both side by side, how can you justify this claim?

    • Syaz

      It’s possible… But until you actually try them both side by side, how can you justify this claim?

    • danbob999

      The BlackBerry OS is worse than Android and has much less applications.
      The specs of the device are worse than those of the G.
      So why would I loose time trying this device? If Blackberry wants me to try one of their device, they must deserve it by making a phone which looks promising to begin with.

    • Syaz

      Yes. BBOS is worse than Android. But BB10 is competitive and capable. I’d pit my Z30 against any device you have any day.

    • Tom Blinky

      BB10 has at least as many apps as Android because it can run Android apps, in addition to BB10 apps.

    • SC

      *it can run most Android apps except the ones that require google play services

    • johentie

      u need to read my reply to the first comment… my Z30 does not CRASH (it does but it handles it is betters)compared to myNote 3… lags less… faster… again it’s not about the SPECS it’s about how it performs…

      have u seen a Force Closure before on andorid? you probably have… and what does it do to your phone?? FREEZE!!.. well when an app does crash on BB10 the phone is still usable .. that’s the benfit of a micro kernel.. it isolates the crash and deals with it.. and at the same time u can still do other things on your phone

      the QNX micro kernel is very efficient and stable.. that’s why cars, nuclear power plants, NASA.. use it!! it doesn’t need super duper specs like android.. cause unlike android BB10 isn’t resource hog.. when i look at my note 3′s RAM usage.. it;s above 2GBs… that’s ridiculous!

      true multitasking… have u ever open an app on an android device.. press the home button.. then go back to your app drawer and open the same app?? it opens the app in another instance instead of opening the one already running… cause when u press the back button u can see layers of the same app or other apps closing…

      again stop being so superficial… and again i challenge u that i can prove BB10 is more efficient and better then android and ios..

      my primary device is a note 3 so dont go telling me i’m fanboy..

      and on the apps front… i can load pretty much every app i have on my note 3 to my BB10 Device..

    • danbob999

      Haha. You obviously don’t understand what a micro kernel is.
      Android applications are NOT running in kernel space. Therefore an application crash do not freeze the kernel, no matter if it’s a micro kernel or a monolithic one.

      The problem of micro kernels is that they are slow. That’s why they aren’t used when performance matters and are reserved to niche markets. QNX is a nice OS when you need a RTOS. And you don’t on a phone.

    • johentie

      oh so you do know what ur talking about.. probably more then me… then why would u say it’s slow? a FC on my note 3 can last 30sec to a 1min.. where are a crashed app in BB10 doesn’t affect the device.. and the device is nothing BUT slow… it was when 10.0.0 was released.. a lot of adobe air stuff on there.. with the native code now it’s much fatser.. also why does android need 2gb of RAM to run smoothly? why does it need so many resources? and why do apps open in seperate instances when it;s already running? i can open play store via UPDATE notification and then open play store again through the app drawer and it opens it up on the home page not the app that was updating prior.. and why sometimes when i press the back button it closes like 5 instances of gmail?? and how come when i am in an app like my banking app and i need to go look something up so i press the home button and when i go back to the banking up it;s either shut down or starts over again?? u should really give BB10 a shot, once u get used to the flow it’s MUCH better… obviously not every phone is perfect for any one person.. but with ur knowledge i don’t know why u would think any device on the market is not worth a shot..

    • danbob999

      All this have nothing to do with micro kernels.
      But when you press the home button and open an application again, it’s the same instance. Maybe your banking application is badly written. It’s clearly not Android’s fault.
      Android doesn’t need anymore RAM than other OS. 1GB just isn’t enough for browsing the web anymore. Try browsing the web with only 1GB on a PC. With the OS of your choice. You better not have many tabs. You like to talk about kernels? The linux kernel runs on devices with as little as 8-16MB RAM.

    • johentie

      it;’s not just the banking app.. it’s a lot of apps… gmail too.. android itself might not need a lot of resources to run.. but all those services and background crap make it lag like crazy.. every other OS can run those background processes without needing so much RAm.. my note 3 right now is using 2.3GB of RAM and i am doing NOTHING on the device.. either way.. I just know that ur being naive on how good BB10 actually is compared to android and iOS… you need to appreciate the differences instead of bash BB … either way your knowledgeable so hopefully you can change ur mind about how good BB10 is ; >

      i can do anything on my Z30 faster and more efficient then on my note 3… i tried writing an email the other day on the train.. and i had to flip back and forth from a PDF document to get info.. and gmail kept closing on me… or i had to go into DRAFTS every time and pull the email i was writing… it’s kinda of annoying..

    • danbob999

      You must be doing something wrong because I can swap between gmail and other applications just fine.

      I don’t think you understand RAM usage. Unused RAM is wasted RAM. Maybe 1.5 of your 2.3 used GB is cache so that your application start faster the next time.

      Anyways BB is dead and it’s a good thing. It’s not that BB10 is bad as an OS. They just got it too late. And on phones which are too expensive. With BB10 in 2006 the whole market would be different today.

    • Tootall

      Just imagine if you wiped out ll the negativity and BB started 6 months ago as a new start up it would be a different story. john Chen has done an amazing job and I think BB has a future.

    • freddysrevng2

      BlackBerrys 10.2.1 OS that comes standard on the Z3 allows you to load Android apps, in addition to, apps in BlackBerry World…
      Guys like you should know what you are talking about before you talk about something that you know nothing about…

    • charlie2010

      Even the biggest BB haters have admitted BB10 has the best keyboard and browser by a landslide.

    • danbob999

      Browser? Never heard that BB had a good one.
      Keyboard, maybe. But this device doesn’t have one.

    • Syaz

      Perhaps it would behoove you to check your facts before spouting nonsense. BB10 browser is, by all competitions so far, the fasted. I don’t think you realize that BBOS is not the same as BB10.

    • danbob999

      Never saw BBOS or BB10 win any benchmark. Browser, or anything else for that matter.

    • johentie

      my post is waiting for moderation… but there is a BGR articl.. yes BGR!!! out of all people .. the BB haters of the bloggin world.. that has the title “BlackBerry 10 obliterates iOS and Android yet again in browser showdown” this back in Feb 2014..also HTML5 tests show BB10 has the best HTML5 compatible browser.. also the ring test BB10 is the only one that passes the 2nd ring..

    • danbob999

      And on Anandtech you will see the opposite.
      BB can’t win with old hardware. They are now 2.5 generations behind.

    • freddysrevng2

      Balding Johnny Gellert from BGR – huge Fanboy, literally – was, also, one of the first to sing the praises of the Z10 keyboard…best on the market, except for, the larger one on the Z30…

    • Syaz

      That’s because you’re making claims without substantiation. Instead of arguing with me, check your facts. Google it. It takes less than 30 seconds.

    • danbob999

      That’s what I did. I checked Anandtech. BB OS 10.2 improved browser performance. However they are still behind Android and iOS mainly because of superior hardware.

    • johentie

      10.2.1..now 10.2… and soon 10.3… never knew Anandtech was known for their device coverage.. thought they were more of a hardware/PC type blog.. i think most blogs reported the browser was better.. and there are a handful of youtube videos (i know not that credible) that show it’s better… the browser tests i’ve done are pretty good with BB10.. it opens actual website (not mobile) faster then my Note 3 opens mobile ones on the chrome browser. the copy and past functionality is much more accurate then the chrome browser… it has a higher html5 score, it was a higher ringtest score.. it has a higher rendering score.. u can enable flash without a plugin or app.. so it does the job for what i need it for..

    • johentie

      here is a snip it from BGR:

      Historically, BlackBerry users
      have had to deal with what was undeniably the worst mobile web browser on the planet. BlackBerry sought to change that with its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and we’re not sure it could have possibly done a better job.

      According to New Relic’s data,
      which analyzed more than 16.8 million page loads from early October through early November last year, BlackBerry 10 devices loaded web pages in 1.55 seconds on average. The second-fastest web browser, Opera Mini 4.2, wasn’t even close, with page load times that averaged 4.78 seconds.

      In other words, the BlackBerry 10 browser is more than three times faster than its next-closest competitor.

      Apple’s Safari browser on the iPad came in at No. 3 with an average page load time of 4.91 seconds, and no other native web browser was even included in New Relic’s top-9
      rankings.

    • charlie2010

      They have the best on screen keyboard. The physical keyboard is a win by default.

    • freddysrevng2

      @ dan… reread my above comment to you… it applies here, as well…. Charlie is “spot on”…

    • MXH070

      Curious how about list some info on the superior features on the moto over the Z3.

  • Syaz

    Yep. It’s a touchscreen phone which looks EXACTLY like an iPhone. You know, the iPhone which started off as a Sony rip off.

    • freddysrevng2

      BlackBerry keyboards are superior to iPhone and Samsung, for that matter…. I owned a Galaxy S3, BlackBerry Z10 and now BlackBerry Z30 – BlackBerry keyboards are the best…. no comparison..

  • Syaz

    ‘RIP’.You keep using this word. I do not think you know what this word means.

  • deltatux

    I think people need to stop feeding the trolls. Personally I think this device will do well in many markets and not just the Indonesian market. I think they need to offer a Z3 variant for about the same price in North American and European markets. I know the entry and midrange market is still pretty big in North America.

    There’s still untapped potential as devices like the Moto G has demonstrated.

    • johentie

      i don’t think it’s a smart move.. yes there is untapped market in the low to mid range devices in North America.. but in North American as some people have demonstrated HATE the BlackBerry Brand… at this point u can tell someone the BlackBerry grants them 3 wishes for WHATEVER they want.. and they still won’t buy it just because it’s a blackberry… in the markets its going to be released LOVE BlackBerry so they will buy it… and having one doesn’t give u the stigma of being outcasted amongst ur friends..

    • deltatux

      There are a vocal few who have expressed their “hatred” of the brand, but there are many who simply don’t care and would love to have a smartphone that really works well at a low price. I have friends and family who wished there was a full touch version of the Q5 which targets a similar market segment.

      Blackberry does have some brand repairing to do but ignoring certain markets because of a vocal few is just not a right move. How about those who absolutely love their phones? Most business people I know will always tell me that I have to pry their Blackberry off their dead hands before they give it up. They might not be vocal on the Internet, but they do exist.

    • johentie

      very true.. i agree.. i just think they’ll release it over seas first.. just like the Q5..
      maybe they’ll release it here… but business people will opt out for the higher end BB10 devices not the Z3.. but i guess that also depends on how much money u want to spend .. as this would be a good cheaper option for smaller companies that still have the BB security and efficiency.

    • freddysrevng2

      @ johe… I have a BlackBerry Z30…. when I show it to Fanboys and Girls – they cannot believe how superior it is to their iPhone… they also cannot believe that they have not heard about it…

  • Nexzen

    This is a sad attempt to get attention for you actually.

  • Nexzen

    Rip to the life u have without Google now cuz you ain’t getting any real world updates on your phone.

  • JB

    There are several video on youtube that show this phones performance is actually extremely fast….which is impressive, it must be the GPU of this phone, which is a 305. Anyways the fit and finish as well looks quite impressive for the price. All in all a very nice budget phone imho.

    • crocop24

      LOL …this phone is a joke. The whole company is a joke. Give up already.

    • MXH070

      ^^TROLL ^^

    • danbob999

      Does the video includes any benchmark?
      Adreno 305 isn’t fast by any standard.

  • ammanerz

    Any specific reason why it’s not being released in North America? I doubt it would be a big seller here, but the price alone would get people interested… And what about other markets? Europe, Africa, south America, China?? They all have huge appetites for cheap phones and I assume the blackberry name still has some prestige.

    • Alejandro Díaz

      John Chen has said that there will be an LTE version of this phone, I would think that they’ll release that version in North America.

    • ammanerz

      that makes sense then…
      Although looking at the specs of the Moto G, who I assume they’re competing against, BB should have really gone for a 720 screen. I hope the difference in resolution isn’t noticeable.

    • Alejandro Díaz

      According to some sources the Z3 looks exactly like Z30 unless you get too close to it lol, I haven’t tested it myself though

  • Columbo

    Every BlackBerry story turns into such a gongshow. I just read this story and the Moto E story back to back. For about the same price, the Z3 seems to be way better value. No reason it can’t do well. Let’s just see.

    • Syaz

      Sad, isn’t it? Mention BlackBerry in a Canadian forum and get attacked by the trolls. Incredibly sad.

    • crocop24

      Whats sad is how fast a company fell from grace in a span of a few years because they were unwilling to adapt.

    • AlphaEdge

      They were willing to adapt, they were just too slow in executing their strategy.

    • J-Ro

      They fell really fast but I wouldn’t say they didn’t try to adapt. They didn’t really know what they were adapting to till now. They need to work on marketplace perception more than their actual products.

    • Syaz

      Indeed, that was quite sad. However, since they tried to modernize, they’ve faced nothing but opposition from media and users. It’s a catch 22. Revamp your OS and you’re told that you were too late to the game. Don’t revamp your OS and you’re told that you should have updated your OS.

  • rd0t

    Still amazes me how many clueless smartphone ‘enthusiasts’ there are on this site. I would’ve thought that the senseless BlackBerry hate would have stopped by now. Guess not.

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    Blackberry badly needs a new premium handset to replace Z10. Where is it??

  • JB

    Wonderful news for BB. Good job guys. Reviews have been extremely positive.

  • barrist

    Blackberry should stick with the third world markets, maybe they’ll gain some ground. No sense wasting time in North America where they’ve already lost.

  • David K

    Very pleased to hear the Z3 is doing well in Indonesia.

  • johentie

    So who said there will no line ups???

  • LeafsFanGirl

    I’m very happy for BlackBerry that the Z3 sold out on the first day! I do agree with the person who said BlackBerry should focus more in the Asian markets. But I disagree about leaving North America out. I say leave it up to the North American carriers to decide if they want to continue to carry BlackBerry devices. There are still millions of BlackBerry users here. What I think BlackBerry should do is sell their devices online, unlocked. I know they offer that for some devices. But they should do that moving forward.

    I truly hope BlackBerry makes a come back. The more choices we have, the better.

  • Eduardo

    Sold out of how many? 100,000,000? 1,000,000? 1,000? 10?

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