Reports suggest imminent Indonesia launch for new BlackBerry Z3

Reports coming out today suggest that BlackBerry's new entry-level smartphone, the "Jakarta" Z3, is set to launch imminently.

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This latest news follows the reveal of purported specs and images of the phone back in February.

Produced as part of a collaboration between BlackBerry and controversial manufacturer Foxconn - a partnership that was prompted after a disastrous 2013 culminated in the $1 billion loss on the Z10 handset - this latest mobile is thought to be set for an initial release in the developing market of Indonesia.

However, this is all hearsay at the moment, along with the phones specs, which are still yet to be confirmed. However, they are thought to include a 5in display with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

The phone is expected to run BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 and leaked images have also suggested a move away from the rounded edges of previous models, with the Z3 opting for a straight-line design.

With a price tag believed to be under $200, BlackBerry will initially target emerging markets such as this, with the aim of wrestling the competition away from main rivals Android and Windows.

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The Z3 is then expected to be made available in more established markets, although no clues have yet been offered as to if and when the phone will land on UK shores.

John Chen, BlackBerry's CEO, is reported to be en route to attend the launch next week.