My goodness this man moves fast!
We’ve already reported on the release of the Z3 in Vietnam last week and the upcoming launch in India and now it seems that when John Chen said in the earnings call that they had increased production of the Z3 due to anticipated demand and that it would be rolled out across other countries he meant pretty much YESTERDAY!
Malaysian tech website SoyaCinCau are reporting that BlackBerry Malaysia have scheduled a media event on 24th June at which it is expected they will announce the release of the Z3 there. Interesting too that they say the Z3 will be CHEAPER there than in Indonesia for local reasons.
We have to say the speed this is happening is breathtaking. It was expected that the Indonesian Z3 market was a trial and that BlackBerry would sift through all the data, making sure that they were getting return on investment and slowly working their way across the world with the Z3.
It would seem that is NOT the case, not only have we just been alerted to this launch event but we have also heard today that South African retailers are being given the heads up that the Z3 will be available soon there too.
Anyway, here’s the details from SoyaCinCau:
The BlackBerry Z3 is coming to Malaysia
‘The BlackBerry Z3 that was initially developed specifically for the Indonesian market is coming to Malaysia based on the information we’ve gathered. BlackBerry Malaysia have scheduled for a media event on June 24 and a quick check in the SIRIM database revealed that the device has already been certified for use in Malaysia. We’ll be at the BlackBerry event next week to give you more details.
Announced at MWC 2014, the Z3 is a 5-inch full touch device made affordable. Selling for 2,199,000 Indonesian Rupiah (about RM621) in Indonesia, you can expect the device to be sold cheaper here in Malaysia as we don’t have heavy tariffs on electronics like Indonesia do.
Detailed specs include qHD (960×540) resolution display pushing 220ppi, a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. There’s a rather large — considering the price point — 2,500mAh battery along with micro USB and micro HDMI ports as standard. If you need more storage, the Z3 also comes with a microSD card expansion slot that support cards up to 32GB.
For taking pictures, there’s a 5MP rear camera that can do full HD 1080p video while the front you get a 1.1MP shooter that can do HD 720p videos. Being developed to meet a certain price range, the Z3 lacked LTE but you get WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.’
Go on John! Get that baby out there and we in the West are aching for our version too!