First Foxconn-built BlackBerry is codenamed "Jakarta" - possibly out in April
Devices | 156 Comments First Foxconn-built BlackBerry is codenamed "Jakarta" - possibly out in April That's the word from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on this morning's BlackBerry earnings call. Codenamed "Jakarta", it's said to be a low-cost BlackBerry that will feature 3G, is based on BB10 and will target Indonesia first. He pointed to March and more likely April as the launch timeframe. So much...

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Feb 25, 2014 Hands-on with the BlackBerry Z3
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We go hands-on with the very first BlackBerry 10 smartphone manufactured by Foxconn: the BlackBerry Z3. Announced today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Z3 is set to retail for less than $200 and is bound for a launch in Indonesia (hence the "Jakarta" codename). It spots a 3G radio (no LTE here, yet), a 5-inch display, and is said to have a long battery (typical for a BlackBerry, that would seem), but for the time being other specs are elusive.

The design of the Z3 is simple, as BlackBerry 10 devices have been. The front is dominated by the black glass over the display with a BlackBerry wordmark at the bottom and a handset speaker and front-facing camera up top, the back is a sheet of grippy soft-touch with a camera styled just like previous BlackBerry 10 devices with separate lens caps for the camera and flash at the top, a BlackBerry logo in the center, and a grid of holes for the loudspeaker at the bottom. There's a Micro USB port on the bottom (a first for a BlackBerry 10 device) and the power and volume buttons have been located on the left side (as opposed to the previous tradition of top and right side, respectively). It looks and feels like a BlackBerry — but with the mass manufacturing prowess of Foxconn behind it.

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Jan 30, 2014 Foxconn built BlackBerry "Jakarta" gets Bluetooth SIG certified
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Although it's hardly as exciting as a hands-on look or some never before seen images, it looks as though the first Foxconn built BlackBerry 10 device has now landed at the Bluetooth SIG and has been fully certified. The SIG documents note the device as supporting BlackBerry OS 10.2 but that'll likely change to 10.2.1 upon release. 

The device is bearing the familiar model numbering STJ100-1 rather than the more commonly referred to name, Jakarta, and also received a certification in Indonesia through Postel. If previous comments from Terry Gou, chairman of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. pan out, we could get up close and personal with this one at MWC.

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Jul 14, 2013 Official BlackBerry A10 renders show removable back, sideloaded SIM
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A few days ago while digging through a BlackBerry 10.2 OS I came across some placeholder images for the A-Series devices. They weren't anything special by any means but at the time I had speculated we'd be seeing plenty more of the device soon. Well, since then we've actually seen a lot more than even I was expecting, including the first spotting of the device and what potentially could be the back of the device along with a brief video hands-on with it. 

Now, freshly posted in the CrackBerry Forums comes a few 'help' images from what is suggested to be the A-Series and while they are just renders showing general help, they potentially give some further information about how the device will be laid out in terms of where the HDMI out port, micro USB port will be placed along with a side loading SIM slot and microSD.

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Jul 11, 2013 First image of the BlackBerry A10 leaked!
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The first image of the BlackBerry A10 has been leaked! It's looking an awful lot like the BlackBerry Z10, and it's running OS 10.2. 

We're expecting a 5-inch 1280 x 720 display and a dual-core processor when it lands in the fall. The Aristo has been long-rumored, and though we aren't seeing a ton of surprises here in terms of physical design, it will be mixing in a bit of the BlackBerry Q10 style for the rear, apparently.

What do you guys think? Is the Z10 style good enough for the A10? What would you like to see in an extra-large BlackBerry? 

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May 10, 2013 Gesture tutorial video for the rumored BlackBerry R10
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Finishing out the week wouldn't seem right without some a bit more love for the rumored BlackBerry R10. This time it's in the form of a gesture tutorial video courtesy of @MujibAzizi. While the startup video is standard on BlackBerry 10 devices, we've yet to see it live for the R10.

Nothing new to be seen but if you were looking for a bit more proof that the device does exist, this may help a bit.

So far we've seen leaked images of the device in white, black and even red.

A quick refresher on the specs:

  • 3.1-inch display, 720 x 720 resolution
  • 5MP rear camera, front camera
  • Support to shoot up to 2560 x 1920 resolution photos
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 2180 mAh non-removable Battery
  • BlackBerry 10.1 OS

Again - we don't know when or where (or if) this device will show up, but it seems to be popping up in more and more places lately. Keep up to date with all the latest rumors on our Rumored Devices page.

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May 06, 2013 Rumored R10 gets compared to a BlackBerry Q10
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It seems that the rumor mill is churning at full speed as again today we have even more photos of the rumored BlackBerry R10. We've seen it quite a bit over the last week or two and it doesn't seem like things are slowing down just yet. 

If you had your fill of the most recent leaked photos you can feast your eyes on a new set that include the back of the R10, a comparison shot with the BlackBerry Q10 and a group photo with a BlackBerry Z10 and a bunch of bolds.

While we don't really get any new info from this batch, it's still good to see more photos so we can continue to speculate as to when and where we'll see this device turn up. 

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May 05, 2013 BlackBerry R10 spotted in black, coupled with some rumored specs
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Right then, here we go again. After having saw the device leak out in white, then red we now have a more visually pleasing black version to look at. Yes, the BlackBerry R10 as its known, has popped up once again and this time it has some specs to go along with it. They're certainly not on the same level as the BlackBerry Q10 or the BlackBerry Z10 but that's been pretty much known for a while now and was expected. Here's what's been tossed around for specs:

  • 3.1-inch display, 720 x 720 resolution
  • 5MP rear camera, front camera
  • Support to shoot up to 2560 x 1920 resolution photos
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 1800 mAh non-removable Battery
  • BlackBerry 10.1 OS

Many folks had questions about the red version because there were some obvious errors but as these images clearly show, the device is live and not just a dummy unit. You can jump below to see some more images in the gallery but do keep in mind we still don't know when this device will get an official unveiling, pricing or what markets it is even intended to be released to.

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May 03, 2013 BlackBerry R10 caught once again, this time in red
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The funny thing about Instagram is that a lot of folks post things to it without giving it a second thought really. If you go looking, you'll find all sorts of things that people most likely should have kept to themselves instead of broadcasting. Such is the case with this unannounced BlackBerry 10 device more commonly known as the R10 or R-Series.

We've seen it before a few times now but it's always nice seeing unreleased devices pop up. Perhaps, the interesting thing here though isn't really the device, it's what was said about it when the poster was asked about its possible availability. "Scheduled Q3, but it's a mid tier... Plastic and all.. Nice though" Interesting. I like that red though. Also of note, there's a white one sitting in the back there and they both appear to be dummy units.

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Dec 24, 2012 BlackBerry Z10 and QWERTY N-Series pose together with a special guest
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N-Series

Earlier today we saw a great shot of the BlackBerry N-Series QWERTY device, and now an image has shown up that features not only the N-Series (rumored to be called the BlackBerry X10) and BlackBerry Z10 side-by-side, but also a white QWERTY device that could be another N-Series or quite possibly the BlackBerry Dev Alpha C. We'll do some recon to see what we can find out about this one, but we do know that we haven't seen anything like it before until now. The spaced out keyboard reminds us of old Curve devices quite a bit. More on this soon.

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Oct 12, 2012 BlackBerry 10 BBM to support 'enhanced communication activities' beyond just texting
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Thorsten Heins

While speaking in Jakarta on Thursday, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins talked a bit about BBM and what's in store down the road for the messaging service on BlackBerry 10. BBM has always been the go-to for BlackBerry users to setup groups, chat with family and friends and even send files, but soon there may be even more. Thorsten said that RIM is always trying to improve BBM, making it "a very strong platform not just for communication", and noting that Indonesia has always been an innovation ground for RIM.

Heins went on to say "Think about transacting money. This is one element in which you could have a huge BBM population in Indonesia transferring money from one partner to another". From the sounds of it we could see something like mobile transfers through BBM at some point down the road, making for "enhanced communication activities". He didn't get into much detail beyond that, stating "I want to keep a few surprises for the Indonesian consumer as well".

What do you think - would money transfers over BBM be someting you'd want? What other cool features would make BBM even awesomer? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Jakarta Post Via: BerryReview 

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Oct 01, 2012 BlackBerry 10 Aristo spec sheet appears, calls for Quad-Core Krait
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If you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard me mention the BlackBerry Aristo a couple of times. I mentioned it before in the forums as well a little ways back but at that time there were very few specs for it available. It was noted to be a successor of the BlackBerry London series and the start of the new A-Series devices. Now, a new spec sheet has popped up for the device backing up some of the information. As you can see, the specs are calling for a whole lot of goodness:

  • Qualcomm APQ8064 Krait Quad Core 1.5GHz
  • 136 x 68 x 8.85mm
  • GSM – Quad band (not specified) – WCDMA – 2100/1900/850-850MHz – LTE – AWS/700/1900/850MHz – EU/APAC – GSM – Quad band (not specified) – WCDMA – 2100/1900/850-850/900MHz – LTE – 1800/2.6GHz/800/900MHz
  • OCTA Glass OLED 4.65″ – 1280 x 720 – 24 bit Colour – 16:9
  • Capacitive All Touch
  • 2GB RAM + 16GB Flash – Hot Swappable MicroSD slot 16GB MicroSD card
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz/5GHz 4G Mobile Hotspot
  • MicroUSB – MicroHDMI – Wifi Direct – NFC – DLNA – Bluetooth 4.0
  • Stereo speakers – 4 Microphones – Noise Reduction – Wideband AMR
  • 2800mAh sealed battery with non-removeable door
    Footprint 104 x 57.1 x 3.4mm (20H use for Multimedia user)

Sounds awesome right? Needless to say, it raises the question about early adopters and when this device will come out. This looks to be a full package device, one that many might want to hold off and wait for. Now, I will admit the Laguna, Lisbon and London specs that leaked over the weekend looked a little shady to me but these specs are more of what we were hoping to see. 

Source: RapidBerry (1), (2), (3)

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Jul 30, 2012 Photos emerge of the 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook
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10" BlackBerry PlayBook

Well what do we have here? Vietnamese website Tinhte was sent some pictures of what is apparently the mythical 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook! This mysterious device was first mentioned when the 7-inch PlayBook came out, but then was cancelled in early 2011 so that RIM could focus efforts in other areas.

From what we can see in the pictures here, this larger form factor tablet does have a slot for a sim card as well as the familiar front facing camera and bezels for swiping, but no indication on what capacity this model will be or if it would be a 3G or 4G model, assuming it ever comes to production. Though, you can see it has a 7250mAh battery onboard from the shots of the internals. Remember, the codename for the device is Blackforest, a device we saw come up many times in the past but also notably in more recent roadmaps.

So what do you think of the larger form factor? Would you be interested in buying a 10-inch PlayBook if RIM did indeed decide to go ahead with production, or are you sold on the smaller form factor? Let us know in the comments below. You can check out plenty more pictures below and a few more of the internals at the source link. 

Source: Tinhte via: Engadget

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Nov 28, 2011 When commerce goes criminal - Jakarta Police investigating chaos at BlackBerry launch event
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We're no strangers to chaos when it comes to getting a good deal. For years Black Friday events here in the States have caused massive commotion, including riots that have left numerous people severely injured and just a few days ago overzealous shoppers could be seen tearing up a DVD display. Last weeks stampede at a Jakarta BlackBerry event wasn't too far off from riots like these and now authorities are wondering just who is to blame for the chaos that ensued. Police are questioning both RIM (namely event organizers) and officials from the Pacific Place mall where the event took place and are trying to find out just what caused the crowd of thousands to go over the edge. Over 90 people were injured as the event broke down late last week. According to police the investigation is ongoing and South Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Imam Sugianto said "There is every possibility that the case will continue to develop".

Hopefully everyone can learn a lesson from all of this. I know we all go crazy for our CrackBerry, but remember that it's just a phone - safety first!! If you think fighting over a phone is nuts, check out these people going batty for a $2 waffle maker :-)

Source: Jakarta Post

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Nov 19, 2011 Research In Motion hosting a huge party for the BlackBerry Bold 9790 in Jakarta November 25th
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If you're itching to get your hands on the new BlackBerry Bold 9790, head to Jakarta, Indonesia. Research In Motion is hosting a huge consumer event on November 25th with a ton of entertainment lined up. If you do plan on attending, you should make sure to get there early. The first 1,000 buyers will get 50% off their purchase of a Bold 9790, and if this is anything like the grand opening of the BlackBerry Lifestyle store in Indonesia earlier this week, it's going to be packed! The BlackBerry Bold 9790 goes on sale across Indonesia November 26th.

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