As previously announced, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) is developing a QWERTY smartphone called the BlackBerry Classic in partnership with Foxconn Technology Co Ltd (TPE:2354). It is intended for users who are experiencing difficulty navigating their touchscreen smartphones.
High resolution smartphones
The Canadian smartphone manufacturer announced that its BlackBerry 10.3 SDK is already available, and it is dedicated to the new devices that will be launched later this year. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) said its upcoming smartphones will sport a square screen (1:1 aspect ratio and 16:9 aspect ratio) and be integrated with 720 x 720 and 1280 x 720 resolutions.
In addition, the company is developing a new smartphone with a square screen and integrated with a 1440 x 1440 resolution and pixel density of 453 DPI. Technology enthusiasts commented that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s upcoming device has a higher resolution than a liquid crystal display or retina display.
According to the Canadian smartphone manufacturer, the BlackBerry Classic, powered by the BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS, will be available in the market this year.
The company said it will release the BlackBerry 10.3.1 SDK to provide developers enough time and APIs to ensure that their applications will work great with the tool belt hardware of the BlackBerry Classic.
BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition
Yesterday BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) launched its new BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition, a low-cost touchscreen smartphone specially designed for consumers in Indonesia. The company also plans to introduce the device in India, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The Z3 Jakarta Edition is the first smartphone released by the company under the leadership of new CEO John Chen.
In a statement, Chen said, “From conception to delivery, the BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition was designed specifically with our Indonesian customers in mind.”
During the launching of the smartphone at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jakarta, Chen said, “If the market doesn’t receive this product well, then we definitely have some negative issues to deal with.” Chen expects that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) will be able to sell millions of the BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition smartphone.