CEO John Chen confirms LTE BlackBery Z3 will launch this year

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By James Richardson on 28 Mar 2014 08:34 am EDT
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Minutes ago during the Q4 earnings call BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, confirmed that there would indeed be a LTE version of the BlackBerry Z3 following its launch in Indonesia in late April. 

The all-touch Z3 with a 5 inch display will first hit Indonesia and then roll out to a few other counties in Asia before a global LTE version will be available. As we already know - the Foxconn built device will target the lower end smartphone user and is due to be priced at under the $200 mark. 

Back at Mobile World Congress in February when the Z3 was announced Chen did say that he had a plan to roll out the Z3 globally with LTE "sometime before I die". 

With the BlackBerry Z3 costing so little it will be interesting to see if it has an impact on the lower end Android and Windows Phone sales. I certainly hope so. BlackBerry 10 needs to be in more peoples hands. 

Will the LTE version cost a little more? We'll have to wait and see, but good news all round.

102 comments

masterful

Yeah I'm waiting to get one

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morpho4444

That is the only good news.. stop selling bb7, sell z3!

SteelGreek

Release it free on new 2 year contracts here in the US with 10.3 software... they'll sell through plenty so long as there is a good marketing push

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1roguecanuck

Same could be said for all of the devices if there was a marketing push

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the_game969

Second!

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iwasspartacus

Sigh. It's good to get some firsts and seconds back.

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Gvo1975

QuickSIIv3r will have a field day!Take note son.

Incurable Q10 Syndrome

jay_men

Third

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Gvo1975

This ain't funny no more!Grow the eff up!

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jay_men

Third

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jay_men

Hahaha thanks. I guess got too excited but I blame it on the crappy Android Crackberry app ;P

jojon_nt1

good job

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dondizm

Yes!

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tryfe

I wonder if the LTE version would get a bump in specs..

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blackberry008

It's great to hear and I know it will also come to Canada.

This product can really be put bb10 to new potential customers if they get the phone for free in a 2 years contact.

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a new bb7 phone being built that also announced

Rootbrian

Link? Doubt it.

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StoicEngineer

No, it's real. Check out the Friday BlackBerry earnings report activities.

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kthhrrsn

Not a "new" BB7 device. They're going to do another production of the 9900 due to the popularity of the device. BB7 outsold BB10 last quarter 2 to 1.

Posted via CB10 from my Z30.

airbatross

I like the design a lot.
I wish Z40 or whatever next flagship is will continue on this design language.

birdman_38

It's a pretty basic design...a rectangle with four sharp corners.

PostMortem

I like it too much more than the z10 and z30 design. What I like about it is that it doesn't have the extra girth at the top and bottom.

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xxjavaxx2001

Ill buy 1 for my dad and my mom.

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yessuz

would be great if they sell it in europe and other markets as well. less than 200$ for phone?! i would buy one for my wife :)

Anthony Roberts5

I am telling the z3 is an extremely important phone for BlackBerry on order to see greater BlackBerry 10 sales the Indonesian market is huge once BlackBerry 10 phones are priced reasonably we are good to go plus remember john Chen said they are working on a high end smartphone for q4

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wincyUt

Very good news. Now the house cleaning is almost done and BlackBerry can focus on making money. :)

SuperionMaximus

This part sounds like old BlackBerry.

The one thing that Mr Chen does not seem to have the ability to fix is the hardware business. Announcing a product that few will be able to buy before 6 months from the announcement is bad strategy. BlackBerry needed a low end BlackBerry 10 phone last year not next summer. This phone should be the absolute top priority to get in as many markets as possible

Jahcure

Since they have no marketing I have no problem with him announcing it. Average customer doesn't even know about BB10, I always hear "wow that's a BlackBerry"

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kthhrrsn

I think he has to announce it to ensure the street that he has a plan to improve sales. BlackBerry doesn't have the luxury of remaining quiet. The good news is that most consumers aren't following BlackBerry earnings news & have no idea that the Z3 is coming.

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sibeans

I hope the z3 sees success like the lumia 520/521 had

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tommo7788

this for 200 or lumia520 for 60-70 , millions of people out there who dont care will choose the cheapest

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kvxn

Nice!

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ramaputra

Should release earlier... late of april is much to late, noxia x just hit indonesia this week.

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nuff_said

I mentioned this in another thread. Good looking phone needs a bit of bump in specs (camera, ram, screen). Looking forward to grabbing one especially running 10.3. That's going to be a sexy looking device.

rthonpm

It's a low end device: higher specs mean higher cost...

nuff_said

True. But we can't confirm if BlackBerry plans on releasing the LTE version as high end or entry level. If it's entry level and all they add is LTE I'd be happy. I think JC realises at this moment BlackBerry can't compete with Apple and Samsung in the upper tier. Maybe they should release this as entry and try getting the OS in as many hands as possible.
Challenges: carriers pushing people to another platform. No advertising.

kthhrrsn

It would be extremely confusing to have the Z3 both high end and low end. My guess is that the LTE version will likely not be much better, spec wise, than the non LTE version. I'm sure they'll beef it up just enough to make LTE work & not much more.

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smitty1077

Will it be coming to Canada?

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John Kastanes

Foxconn relationship is brilliant!

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FishhPoohh

If they sell one unlocked that works on T-Mobile USA I'll buy 2

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mrabody

@SuperionMaximus

I think the Foxconn partnership has changed everything. Look how quick the Z3 is going from concept to market. In the past BlackBerry has over-promised and under-delivered. I expect that Chen is trying to change the corporate culture in this regard that hoping forward we will see very conservative promises that are beaten in execution.

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Alex Keb

Late again on their low end smartphone while Moto G crushing the entire market.

Late on their phones, late on BBM multiplatform, late on their own funeral.

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NG888

And Nokia X with Android that is retailing under 150USD.

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Beakman

So what would you have done given the time from when Chen entered the picture?

Rootbrian

Obviously you don't know how to run a business that makes and sells smartphones.

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jasm817

This is exactly the kind if device Blackberry needs to take a bit out of Apple. Good bang for your buck is the marketing approach that will turn the tables on top of an android/blackberry os experience. Just ask people that have iphones. Many are growing tired of the same old thing and I know a lot of those people changed to android and would not take a chance on a Blackberry in fear that being told in stores that Blackberry is going out of business. Now that there is a low cost phone . It is time for Blackberry to be clear that the company is hear to stay. A reinsurance program to the public so people do not fear buying products from BlackBerry.

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onlyoneromeo

Will this phone perform better than the z10? How about screen resolution?

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rthonpm

No on both counts. It's essentially an entry level smartphone.

luthnice 7

How about the price??

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nuff_said

My guess is $299 to $349

castano22

Did you read the article? It said it's ti be priced under $200

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nuff_said

I thought he was referring to the LTE Z3

ofutur

A $250 LTE version would be awesome, most low end Android have small screens

allwi

Why are they changing the name again? Now to the weird spelling 'BlackBery'!?!
SCNR ;)

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wdbpilot

I'll be all over this one!!

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Waiting to get one for my bro, mum and two nephews...

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officially_juju

I'm excited to get my hands on one

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Emaderton3

Won't matter if the stores hide them or continue to steer customers to other phones. Would like to have heard a marketing plan to go along with new product.

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joserMireles

I still have yet to see the z3 in action

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mayaprophet

Gonna replace the kid's playbooks with a couple of these

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blueblood2013

Don't believe BlackBerry know how to to do global as Q5, z30 can't get then and very limited z10 and q10 avaliable with carriers in Ireland

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archshen

The rendering looks a lot like a nokia windows phone.

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aihsanuddin

As Indonesian, with that price level, this will be tempting for the BBOS to switch. Finger cross!

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bizdudePB

Please keep us posted on what you see in Indonesia! Keeping my fingers crossed.

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markf

Another phone that won't sell in the US! Because NO ONE will know about it. [Below all these comments is an ad for the new Samsung S5. How interesting that it is on a BB site (using work computer).] NO advertising = NO sales. No word on letting people know about these phones. No news on a replacement for the Z10 (Z20?) or the Z30. 18 months for these phones to come out, should be 18 weeks. They were behind in getting the Z10 out and now they will be behind in getting these phones out. Probably the only people that will buy the Z3 will be existing, hardcore BB owners who already own a BB10 phone and always want the latest model. iPhones and Android phones need to be replaced with BB10 phones.

Mr.KLScott

Now this Z3 sounds like a device that can dominate the low end market... can we see it for 109.99? On contract? Under $300 off contract?

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bizdudePB

I think they are targeting the Z3 at $0 on contract.

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Sheaner19

Hope it comes to Canada I'll be picking one up if it does!

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tufcustomer

So is the official end of cycle on the Z10?

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lovelyjhelo

Waiting z3 here in philippines. .hope the price os still almost100$

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yvpan1

Nice move, yeah hope all legacy users in Indonesia will make their jump to this phone when it goes on the market next month, well sadly the Q5 was supposed to do this last year but its price was like $399 when it came out then no one even cared about that, the Q10 is still moving along. I'm hoping on you Z3, you're the game changer, get along and change the market!

jd914

Good news? LOL Not one successful BB10 device has yet to hit the market, what makes anyone thinks this device will do any better?

kthhrrsn

+1000. Yup! This one is definitely priced to move. Reminds me of the Curve line that everyone had in 2009/2010 because it was dirt cheap!

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jd914

The problem is BlackBerry was in demand back then today apart from enterprise there is zero demand for anything BlackBerry. Most people dont even know they are even in business

mcournoyer

Now if only Mr. Chen would confirm that BlackBerry 10.2.1 will be released by AT&T and Sprint this year...

bandrex_5

Wont sell in here. $200 is still too expensive because our currency (rupiah) is weakening by 30% than last year. $200 is higher than official minimum wage here.

PALeafs67

I'll grab one for sure possibly two if the price is right! It's going to be interesting to say the least.

Via my newly added Q5

FirstBerry101

LTE vs 3g isn't that big of a deal unless your downloading movies. I stream netflix just fine using my wireless hotspot on my bold 9900, that was was just 3g..

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Shisheen H

It looks a bit like a Nokia Lumia phone. I'm happy chen decided to continue the qwerty keyboards. I was a solid android touch screen user for 4 years, a windows phone and, iphone user for a very short period. After trying Blackberry for the first time, I find myself comfortable with the 9310 curve. I do hope the following phone will have touch screen, track pad and, qwerty keys. That would be golden. People love options.

hakdaddy1

Wonder when someone from CrackBerry team will spot the typo in the headline and correct it. Always errors in James Richardson stories from wrong links, spelling mistakes... poor show from an editor.

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vineet chaudhary

I will buy this phone for my wife.

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John Kastanes

The Z3 can not arrive soon enough!

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huungryshark

"BlackBery Z3 will launch this year" . hmmm i think it´s called "BlackBerry"

BB_Bmore

Lte, 5 inch screen, under 200... This should do well.

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Bobtaro321

So late.

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kthhrrsn

So, they should just give up and close the company?

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rsilent

Z3 really looks like a nice device. Exactly, what Blackberry needs right now. Hope it will be a hit!!!

Tate Hart-Boyes

They should include the LTE version for the same price

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tgtallinn

Still very slow to execute, and when looking at all the leaks, it also seems to be a lack of focus, thus a strategy issue. Only Z10, q10, q5, z30 in 2,5 years. How many win phones with how many forms factors has Nokia put to market in the same time frame with having a comparable transition ?
The result is that BlackBerry has missed the market trends(even Kevin says z10 should have been the z30) but also because they only truly looked at apple. By the time z3 reaches the market a 200$ price tag will be risky, 150$ the norm and 100$ the key to success. But it means that the os can use Chinese chips, but a 2 os in one is maybe making it difficult. I've read that They didn't dare on q5, and this had a price way off. At 250, at launch it would have had a chance but it was far higher...

ehroberts

Any update on a release date for this z3? Hopefully someone puts a couple up on eBay as soon as it's released.

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Nokia5110

Would like to know the release date of the international version? Is there a possibility of having a dual-sim; that will be sweet!?

Early birds.....