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BlackBerry Z3 flip case shown off on video

By Adam Zeis on 22 May 2014 08:32 am EDT
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The BlackBerry Z3 is the newest addition to the BlackBerry 10 lineup and as such, we've yet to see any BlackBerry Z3 accessories — OEM or otherwise — hit the streets. Surely we'll start to see some very soon, but for now, a curious video has popped up online that shows off what appears to be a branded BlackBerry Z3 flip case.

In the video, the back of the Z3 is removed and replaced with a fully branded flip case. It takes a bit of work to get the back off and the case on, but the end result is pretty snazzy. This one does leave me scratching my head a bit though. It looks to be a straight up flip-style case for the Z3, but I can't imagine that BlackBerry would offer up a case like this for a device where the back isn't intended to come off. Then again, I've been wrong once or twice before, so who knows.

Check out the video to see it in action, then let us know what you think in the comments. Do you think the case is legit?

Update: BlackBerry has confirmed that the Z3 flip case seen in this video is not an official BlackBerry accessory.

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BlackBerry Z3 flip case shown off on video

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I disagree. The first poster is having a little fun and you are applying a little judgement. You'll get to apply some more again tomorrow.

Posted via CB10

Well... everybody got to go sometime.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

In my Charlie Murphy voice...."they didn't even slap people back in the day even when slapping was fashionable. Guy come up to you and be like Wa pap pap! I challenge you you to a duel!

They'd have a gun fight after that, somebody had to go!!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

Looks like a lot of work.. and the back looks ugly once the back cover is removed... I don't think this is a legit cover

Posted via CB10

Same here! I thought I was going to break it. It does get a bit easier but your starting point has to be above the bottom speaker.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

I have a similar leather flip case for my Z10 that I bought from eBay. Yes, the back of the Z10 is removable, the case is very similar with the BB logo centered on the back and even BlackBerry embossed on the front in the lower right corner as is common with BlackBerry leather products ie. holster and Z30 flip case. My guess is 3rd party manufacturer took a back piece of a Z3 and turned it into a leather flip case.

looked like the back cover was about to snap in half. the case looks nice though. BlackBerry should've made it more like the flip case for the Z10 though i think.

if it doesn't wake the device up then.. it's just a 3rd party flip case, i can't trust this.. all we know is that Z3's back cover is unremovable.

Samsung and HTC flip cases are way more "advanced".

The leather flip cases are really nice for BlackBerry but they should at least wake the device when it is flipped open. I like the little hole for the notification light though on the z30 case.

Posted via CB10

I have several official BlackBerry Playbook covers, and none of those wake the device either...not sure why it would be different.

When I'm at the gym, i'll put my Q10 in my old BlackBerry Tour case, so I can easily use the volume buttons, but it doesn't wake the Q10 either...the latter is probably because of the magnet placement

Posted via CB10

Very nice flip case. Simple and clean.
Btw, there isn't anything strange that the back cover was difficult to remove in the video. It could be just one of the covers that was simply installed very tightly on the production line. Or maybe the guy doesn't have the proper technique of removing back covers. Lol!!

At least, the back doesn't get to pop-out when it falls. Way better than others imo.

Posted via CB10 on Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.2228

Quite the contrary !

When a BlackBerry falls on the ground, the energy is dispersed by the battery door that pops out.
Hence less energy to break the screen.

When nothing pops out, it means more energy towards the screen and more cracking (one of the reasons why the iPhone screen breaks so easily).

Posted via CB10

Requires special Indonesian hands... lol

But that flip cover looks slick once on. Really gives the Z3 a premium look.

Posted via CB10

Maybe its hard work Americans wont do, so hire an illigal allien to do it for you! that is what the government says

The aim of the video is actually "How to remove the BlackBerry Z3 backcover"...

Posted via CB10

I would wonder why these devices don't already come screen covered seems you always have to go that extra mile just to protect your investments for what an extra buck or two they could possible throw it in already I'd like to see it happen.

My extra extraordinary Z30

Pretty cool to have cover and "lid" in one piece.

Probably way less bulk than the genuine Z10 flip case, quite thick once it's on.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

I like the cover, but this doesn't look like a legal case. Good knock off though!

Mary Margaret From my Z-10