As expected, BlackBerry has kicked off pre-orders for Z3, its cheapest BlackBerry 10 OS smartphone, in Indonesia. According to the Canadian company, the device is available for purchase for only IDR 2,199,000 ($190 / €135) off contract.
The Z3 is available through all major carriers across the country, including Indosat and XL, as well as several authorized resellers. Although customers can pre-order the BlackBerry Z3 beginning today, the smartphone will arrive in Indonesia on May 13.
Apart from the standard BlackBerry Z3, the company has announced the upcoming availability of a limited edition model – the BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition.
The limited edition Z3 will only be available in Indonesia via carriers Indosat and XL for a limited period. The smartphone will be etched with the “Jakarta” inscription on the back, in celebration of the launch of the first BlackBerry smartphone specifically built for the Indonesian market.
Along with the availability announcement, BlackBerry has also detailed the Z3’s specs sheet, so Indonesian customers can decide whether to buy the cheapest BlackBerry 10 OS smartphone or not.
First of all, the Canadian company has confirmed that the Z3 will ship with BlackBerry 10.2.1 operating system out of the box. In addition to the usual apps and services included, such as BlackBerry Hub, BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), BlackBerry Keyboard and BlackBerry 10 browser, the smartphone also offers FM Radio.
Hardware-wise, the Z3 comes equipped with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, as well as an Adreno 305 graphics processing unit and 1.5GB of RAM. The smartphone also packs 8GB of internal memory, along with microSD card slot for memory expansion.
Although it’s an entry-level smartphone, BlackBerry Z3 sports a large 5-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display that supports 540 x 960 pixels resolution.
The Z3 does not offer LTE support or dual-SIM capability, but users will be able to take advantage of HSPA (21Mbps) data transfer speeds.
One thing remains to be cleared up and that’s the battery that powers up the BlackBerry Z3. The only thing mentioned by BlackBerry is the fact that the Z3 features a “long lasting battery,” but no actual numbers are offered.
“The BlackBerry Z3 was designed with our Indonesian customers in mind, to keep them productive and connected with family, friends and co-workers while on the move. Embodying all that BlackBerry 10 offers, the BlackBerry Z3 has a stylish, modern, all-touch design with exceptional productivity features and reliable communications,” said John Chen, executive chairman and CEO at BlackBerry.