BlackBerry Shows Off Two New Smartphones
Published on: 25th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
BlackBerry has shown off two new smartphones a new flagship model and a new lower priced consumer handset.
The new BlackBerry flagship model, the Q20 smartphone will return to the company's origins and features the familiar and classic 'Menu', 'Back', 'Send' and 'End' buttons and the integrated trackpad to enable the navigation and one-handed use that has endeared the brand to its QWERTY customers.
"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," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry.
The new BlackBerry Q20 smartphone will give customers the familiar workflow, efficiency and one-handed use that distinguish the BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone experience.
Curiously though, the company has not issued any images of the new handset.
The other handset, is the Z3 smartphone, a touchscreen handset that the company has been designed with Indonesian customers in mind. Customized with local apps and content, the new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone features a 5-inch display, long lasting battery and comes with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1.
This is also the first handset to come from BlackBerry's recent partnership with Foxconn.
The new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone is expected to be available in April. Further details on pricing and availability will be announced at launch.