Tech Buzz:BlackBerry Z3 Set to Launch in India

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BlackBerry's recently launched low-cost touchscreen smartphone, the Z3, seems all set to be launch in India on June 25. The company has started sending invites for the event scheduled next week with a tagline that said, "Join us to witness the unveiling of the next generation BlackBerry 10 device."

The BlackBerry Z3 was initially announced in Indonesia and is one of the first devices being made with FIH Mobile Ltd, a unit of the Taiwanese Foxconn Technology Group best known for building devices such as the Apple iPad and iPhone.

The Z3 was made available for the Indonesian market starting mid-May and has been priced less than $200 (roughly Rs. 12,000). Considering the Indonesian market pricing of the BlackBerry Z3, we can expect the smartphone to be priced in the budget segment and will likely intensify competition in the smartphone space in India.

The Z3 runs BlackBerry 10 OS (version 10.2.1) and features a 5-inch qHD (540x960 pixels) display offering an aspect ratio of 16:9. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8230) processor with 1.5GB RAM.

BlackBerry's Z3 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera and also houses a 1.1-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera. The smartphone includes 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. It packs a 2500mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 15.5 hours talk time and up to 384 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, NFC and Micro-USB.

The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone also comes preloaded with some BlackBerry services such as BlackBerry Hub, BBM, Time Shift, Story Maker camera features, and BB10 browser.

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