BlackBerry Z5 'C-Series' gets shown off once again

Z5, C-Series, Cafe, Americano, Cappucino — call it what you will
By Adam Zeis on 20 Jun 2014 08:53 am EDT

Some new images of the BlackBerry C-series (cafe, americano, cappuccino) have shown up online, once again giving us an awesome look at the device from all angles. It was just a few days ago that we got a hi-res look at the C-series, but here are even more photos for those of you that are into that kind of thing.

BlackBerry Z5

As a reminder — this device is no longer in the making. I personally would have liked to at least play around with one, it's actually a pretty nice entry-level device. The C-series is sporting a Dual-core 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 S4 (Krait QCT), 1.5GB RAM a 4.5"~ 300ppi LCD display, 1.3MP front camera, 5MP rear facer, a 2100mAh PM1 battery, and 8GB storage.

BlackBerry Z5

What do you think of the C-Series? Something you would have been interested in? Hit up the comments and let us know!

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BlackBerry Z5 'C-Series' gets shown off once again


Need a new touch screen phone with super high specs, but looks good for entry level

Posted with the brilliance of my Z10!!!

??? You might want to check out a device call the Z3..... Between it and the Z10, there isn't much room for a 4th touchscreen device.

This morning while I was searching parts for my Z10 I stumbled upon a website which was offering parts for the Z5 however when I clicked the tab the Z5 section was blank.

Posted via CB10

Good it's not being released. Even at entry level the specs are outdated. Guess they realised it.

Posted from my SuperHuman Q10

I wonder if the Z5 should have been released to emerging markets instead of the Z3. As far as I know the specs are somewhat Identical.

Cost less mainly because Foxconn took on production. If Foxconn made the Z5 and released it to emerging markets with a bigger battery, I wonder if it would do better than the Z3. This is basically a discussion on which design would be preferred Z5 or Z3.

I'm not clear on why I should care about who actually designs the phone. Presumably, one of the reasons Foxconn can produce them for less is because they can do all the production engineering. Building to BlackBerry's design would wipe out much of the cost savings.

If getting Foxconn to engineer their low-end handsets makes sense, who am I to argue? Bottom line, the Z3 is a better phone, that can be sold for less money, and generate more profit. That's a no-brainer.

What he's saying is that if the z5 and z3 had similar specs and same price which one do you think would do better? I personally like the look of the z5 better.

Posted via CB10

Sometimes more can cost less.

What BlackBerry needs is a truly emerging market low end device. Even Chen said the Z3 was targeted at middle and upper class users. I think he knows there is no way for them to compete in the $50 - $150 price range.

And seriously, why would you want to chase that end of the market? There is something to be said about transference of impression. If you focus on the low end, then your high end can suffer as people perceive your high end to be not so high end anymore. Porches doesn't make a cheap city commuter car for emerging markets. Nor does BMW. There's a reason for that. High end Companies that do go low end tend to create a different brand for the low end to make that distinction.

Posted via CB10

I'd have to agree. I think keep BlackBerry the high end brand and create an ultra low end brand. Since mozilla is going to be offering a $25 device, could BlackBerry make this Z5 with Foxconn around that number. I think a low price like that warrants the specs in this device.

Posted via CB10 via Z10STL100-3/

What do I think? I think if BB10 can run on that then it could've on the PlayBook minus the hub.

Posted via CB App from my Galaxy S4 Mini with an LED CrackLight ;-)

Does anyone know if you can fix a z10 with bad IMEI? I made the mistake to by one used from ebay, and T mobile blocked me after 3 months.

Posted via CB10

Sure you have to run an IMEI check as soon as you get the phone. If the previous owner reports it stolen later, you're out of luck.

Social solution:
You can try and talk to the carrier, report this to the police, reporting to ebay is probably too late.

Technical solution:
Get another Z10 motherboard, the IMEI and PIN are burnt unto the mobo, as far as I'm aware. Buy "brand new" if there are any, or do a check once you get it...

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

Now i seen the Passport this looks ordinary... the Passport is a gorgeous piece of kit...

Posted via CB10

At the 1 GHz processor and 2100Mah battery... it would have definitely lasted longer than the z10 in real world usage...
Heck... they should've made the z10 with a bigger battery like 2100MAh atleast!

Posted via CB10... and my awesome Z10

Looks more like a Z30...but with a removable battery which is a good thing for those who don't have time to recharge.

Posted via CB10

Ugly .....I clicked the hi resolution link and in white it looks more like my Samsung Tablet.

Posted Via CB10 Using my Great Z30, PB or Q10

Is there a comma missing!?

(Otherwise you get the wrong message out and likely say the opposite of what you intended to say, LOL)

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

Yeah.. the $3.1 billion in cash likely isn't enough to release this low end phone.. especially when it is pretty much the exact same thing as the Z3.

Posted via CB10 from my amazing Q10

How is this any different than the Z3? I get having choice for consumers, but hopefully BBRY isn't even considering having multiple low end touch slabs.. 1 of each price point and style is enough.

Posted via CB10 from my amazing Q10

I like the look of it...i am not like wow look at that phone!!! The key is software and apps.....

waste of money, ppl should know Blackberry as a company that makes Q10 and Z10 not this ****

Posted via CB10

I say get rid of all the bezel for all BlackBerry full touch screen phone. I think it makes the phone ugly and useless. I like my Z10 for the OS and hub only.

posted via CB10 using my awesome Z10 keyboard

I think they made the right decision to scrap it for the Z3. Bigger screen and a sleeker look... and bigger battery!

I think BlackBerry risks to have too many devices. Good to scrap this one. I like my z30. I would only ask to perfect it with yet better hardware, in particular camera should strive for best in class. Whatever phone, keep the 2800mha/ 24 hour battery. Improve its materials to make it lighter and more resilient against damsge/water.

Posted via CB10

Looks good for an entry level phone, depending on the price I would be interested for my parents, they don't use many apps, only BBM and Skype.

Posted via CB10

It certainly doesn't have the specs of the Passport I will be getting, so no, I don't like it.

... and Mr. Chen, I will buy that one you were holding in your hand yesterday RIGHT NOW!


I doubt this is coming from RIM. BlackBerry shouldn't go Samsung way in order to stay on top. Releasing new phone indiscriminately is very very unhealthy.

Posted via CB10

This phone looks cheap, replace the plastic with rubber and sell it as a sports' accessory

Looks like a sub-$100 phone to me.

And now that we have a large "budget" slab like the Z3, this has likely become obsolete. They shouldn't lower their brand esteem any lower with such a phone, the Z3 is classy, this one is not (if it's not just a prototype), imho.

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

i wouldn't buy a Q5 or this Z5 for more than 50$, these are the kind of phones that you give to a 10 year old kid... i don't think there is a market for it.

It looks like it has a silver goatee. I like the Z3's design better.

Posted from my super duper Z30!

No this would've been a disaster simply because blackberry can't do just okish they need to go full outstanding or die trying.

Posted via z30 STA100-5 the only high end business device on the market

The Z3 was a better choice. Well done to john chen for stopping it.

Signature - Google wants your info. What are you gonna do about it?

I like the size of the screen 4.5" is very good for blackberry 10 OS one hand usability, I hope they make a high specs phone with the same screen size it would be very compact

Posted via CB10

The Z5 should have been out with the Q5 because that gap put undue pressure on the price of the Z10. We need a PREMIUM all-touch device. There is a gap that needs filling. The Z30 doesn't cut it because it isn't much of a step up above the Z10.

Agree, I'm waiting for a Z10 successor, the Passport, or some revolutionary BlackBerry device that is being kept hidden. Don't think I'd be able to go for the 1:1 aspect ratio.

Posted via CB10

Can't be because of the vast difference in screen size. CB should run a poll asking that question. I bet most people would not consider it the Z10's successor.

Posted via CB10

Looks okay in most respects, but the complicated bezel has to be more expensive to manufacture, and 8 Gb internal would be inadequate with apps residing on it for security in BlackBerry phones.

Q10  The Other Crackberry Pirate  Z30

I don't think it's a comprehension problem if the reading wasn't done at all. :)

Posted via CB10

It's not that easy. I imagine a lot of engineering and design work goes into allowing the bezels to be super thin.

Posted via CB10

If they launched it 18Months ago.

BlackBerry needs to mainly focus now on killer spec phones. Just half a step in front of the competition.
With Foxconn, this should be possible.

Was the early BB10 phones large bezels due to their being active ? Are the bezels no longer active?

Posted via CB10

I would like a flagship 16:9 phone that matches or surpasses the competition to come out on a time that it will sell most. Then, the Z30 will drop in price and I'll buy it, hehe.

I like it so far, or at least I think:

Passport: for corporate, business, etc consumers and consumers who prefer a QWERTY keyboard. Has a big screen, spectacular resolution and big keys for easier, faster and more comfortable typing.

Classic: for consumers who prefer the BlackBerry tool belt. With qwerty keyboard and touch screen, of course.

Z3: consumer who want a good 16:9 phone for a low price.

Q5 could be the Z3 but for qwerty fans.

Z10 could be the Moto G killers.

Q10 could be the Moto G of qwerty.

Z30 could be the Nexus killers.

And then BlackBerry could release a new flagship 16:9 phone that competes with the iPhones, Galaxy S', etc.

I like it.

Posted via CB10

Every device habe better battery's then the Z10.. I'm sure, a old USB stick style mp3 player have more battery power then the z10....

Ah love and hate.. me and my z10 :)

And about the z5...
I don't like this round stuff, one reason beside the size I never would use a z30

Wenn du das Weinen verlernt hast, bist du bereits tot (Sayumi Whisp)

How much does your Z10 do, all those features require power, you can't compare a full whack smartphone to some shitty USB mp3 player.

Posted via CB10

Z5 should be offered in North America and Europe as a compliment to the Z30. It's a nice device and and would sell well in my view.

Posted via CB10

I was thinking it was meant for developing countries more or less because of the entry level status of it. Or it was for developers internally and they had to return it? Just a good guess.

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

Why waste time with under powered, devices with nothing unique to offer? Can we become more demanding please? I'd expect everyone in here to get infuriated with those specs.

Posted via CB10

Definitely the battery. I love phones with removable batteries. Especially I live in a country where internet network is so unstable, my Z30 only lasts 4 hours from 100%. If it were removable, I could easily replace the battery with the full one, no need to charge it cuz I'm so mobile.

Posted via CB10

I'm ok with it not being produced. Metal and steel is harder to build right and might have scratch issues.. just think how Foxconn did with iPhones. Rather they ramp up fast with rubber and plastic.

Posted via CB10

It looks really nice , but anything under a 8 megapixel camera is unacceptable in this day and age.

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

Even the camera from my Z10 is a joke. We need 2014 hardware, my next smartphone I think is rocking a 20MP ZEISS Lens. Have enough of these joke cameras and Hardware from BlackBerry. Dual Core, lol

RedBerry Z10 #00167

Looks like device the hospitals should be scoping up I like it it has that medical aesthetic to it:p

Posted via CB10

Front look, nice. Back design looks thicks. But if it to be released, the price must at least match with the likes of nokia x2, samsung trend plus, but who am I kidding - with the onslaught of Chinese brand (huawei, xiaomi, etc) producing far more cheaper phones and bulk of it, I think this phone would be ignored by many.