During Mobile World Congress this year, BlackBerry made a pair of announcements, but both were quite a bit lacking when it came to details. The company announced its Q20 and Z3, but didn’t have so much as a picture of the Q20 to share with us, and precious little to divulge about the Z3’s hardware. We were told the Z3 was supposed to go up for sale in Indonesia in March, but that didn’t quite happen. Instead, today we learn of the start of pre-orders for the Z3, while also getting those details we’ve been waiting for about the smartphone’s specs.
Unlike the Z10 and Z30 with their 1280 x 768 and 1280 x 720 resolutions, the Z3 downgrades things a bit to a qHD 960 x 540 five-inch screen. It runs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus (not a Pro like the Z30), only gets 1.5GB of RAM, and will offer 8GB internal storage (microSD expandable). The five-megapixel main camera is also a downgrade from the 8MP shooters on those other Z models.
Pricing works out to the US equivalent of about $190, which doesn’t sound too bad, even considering the hardware sacrifices. While pre-orders are only opening for Indonesia, we’ve heard BlackBerry mention plans to eventually make the Z3 available elsewhere, and it’s even indicated a despite to bring the handset to the US, complete with LTE connectivity – for now, there’s just no sign as to when that might occur.