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BlackBerry Z3 smartphone leaks ahead of likely Mobile World Congress debut
A render for a new BlackBerry smartphone recently hit the web. The handset, dubbed the BlackBerry Z3 and codenamed Jakarta, could be one of several handsets built in collaboration with Foxconn.
The Z3 is rumored to consist of a lower-end 5-inch display operating at 950 x 540 pixels. It’ll be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz chip alongside 1.5GB of system memory and 8GB of internal flash storage. A rear camera will snap images at 5-megapixels while a front-facing shooter is rated for just 1.1-megapixels.
The smartphone appears with a textured backside, a trend that’s been made popular as of late thanks to Samsung’s recent Galaxy releases. It’ll draw power from a reasonably-sized 2,650mAh battery but otherwise, not much else is known about the mystery handset at this hour.
Based on these specifications, it’s clear that the Z3 won’t be a direct sequel to the Z30 handset that’s already on the market. Instead, it will be seen as a cheaper alternative – that is, if BlackBerry decides to market it in that manner. It could just as easily be pushed as a standalone device with no ties to the Z30.
The Z3 is expected to be one of several new BlackBerry phones on display at Mobile World Congress in less than a week. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou revealed as much during an interview late last month after it was revealed in December that the two companies had signed a five-year partnership to develop and manufacture smartphones.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the latest flagship from BlackBerry, it runs the new BlackBerry 10 OS and packs a 4.2"- 1280 x 768 screen (356 PPI). Inside is a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage expandable through microSD, rear (8MP) and front (2MP) cameras, connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
The BlackBerry Z30 is the new flagship handset packing the latest version of the BlackBerry OS, 10.2, into a body that, like its predecessor, lacks a physical keyboard. It packs a 5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. The Z30 includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC and comes with a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU and Adreno 320 GPU on-board.
The BlackBerry Q10 is part of the new "10" family of BlackBerry running it's BB10. The Q10 carries a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of system memory, 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of flash memory. The QWERTY board takes up plenty of real estate which only leaves room for a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen operating at 720 x 720 pixels.
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