Blackberry announces regional launches of Z3
Dubai Mall BlackBerry Store offers AED200 of free apps with pre-orders
BlackBerry today announced it will bring its BlackBerry Z3 smartphone to the Middle East, launching in the UAE and Saudi Arabia in July, followed by Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait later this summer.
Starting today, the BlackBerry Z3 can be pre-ordered in the UAE through the BlackBerry Store in Dubai Mall. Consumers who purchase a BlackBerry Z3 smartphone in July will be able to log in to the BlackBerry World storefront from their Z3 and download for free a selection of apps worth AED200.
"The BlackBerry Z3 extends the BlackBerry 10 platform to a new generation of customers in the Middle East and offers them more ways to connect, share and be productive with an experience built on reliable, secure communications," BlackBerry said in a statement.
The Z3 comes with a 5-inch touch display similar like that of the Z10, and runs BB10 version 10.2.1. The handset also has limited compatibility with some Android apps, which can be downloaded through the BlackBerry Browser. However, BlackBerry admitted compatibility would "vary by smartphone and/or source".
BlackBerry Hub gathers users' BBM exchanges, text messages, social media updates, notifications and emails from various accounts in one place.
The Z3's Time Shift camera feature allows users to capture multiple images and select their favourite to keep. Story Maker is designed to bring a collection of photos and videos together, along with music and effects, to produce an HD movie that you can be shared on YouTube.
According to BlackBerry the Z3 handset learns how users share and who they share with, helping to "reduce the number of steps and amount of time it takes" to post files. Touching "share" in any app provides suggestions on who and how to share files based on who has been shared with in the past, and the feature "gets smarter" the more it is used, BlackBerry claimed.