Just two months after it first launched exclusively in Indonesia, the Blackberry Z3 is finally here in Nigeria.

The Z3 is Blackberry’s bold take on the low cost smartphone market. Essentially a stripped down version of the Blackberry Z10, the Z3 will be in direct competition with mid-range Android smartphones in the market.

Here’s a first look at the Blackberry Z3.

Spec Highlights

Blackberry-Z3-box

You would be forgiven if you mistook the Blackberry Z3 for the higher end Blackberry Z30, when indeed it is more similar to the Z10 than the Z30. In comparison with the Z10, the Z3 has:

  • A bigger display – 5 inches but with lower pixel density
  • Less memory – 8GB internal, 1.5 GB RAM, as against 16GB/2GB on the Z10
  • Lower resolution camera – 5MP primary camera and 1.1MP front camera.
  • Less processing power – 1.2 GHz Dual-core snapdragon processor
  • Non-removable 2500 mAh battery touted to last 15.5 hours of talk time. The Z10’s 1800 mAh battery had a 10 hour rating

The Z3 also comes pre-installed with an FM Radio. The battery and display size are the two key areas the Z3 out-specs the Z10. Spec nerds can access the full spec comparison details over here.

Unboxing

The Z3 comes in similar boxing as preceeding Blackberry 10 devices, with the model number boldly impressed on the box.

Blackberry-z3-unboxing

Opening the box, you’re first greeted with the device itself

Blackberry-z3-revealed

Just below that platform are the usual stuff – user manuals, the ear piece and USB charger

Blackberry-Z3-content

The Z3 is very rectangular in design. At the left edge of the device, you will find all the controls – power, volume and camera buttons.

Blackberry-Z3-controls

On the reverse edge, you will find the SIM and Memory Card slots. The slot on theright of the photo below is for the Micro-SIM and the other slot is for the memory card

Blackberry-Z3-card-slots_open

The Z3 comes with a basic faux leather back finish. There you will find the 5MP primary camera positioned at the top left. and the 3.5mm earphone jack to the right.

Blackberry-Z3-primary-camera

Just at the bottom left, the very section my hand happens to be half-covering, you will find the back speakers.

And finally, at the front of the device are the front speaker and camera situated in the centre of the top bezel.

Blackberry-Z3-front-camera

The Blackberry Z3 is immediately available for purchase at authorized dealers, for a recommended retail price of N39,000. Watch this space for our first impressions of the Blackberry Z3. 

Muyiwa Matuluko | Author

Get the best African tech newsletters in your inbox