BlackBerry’s Chen says Q20 proves he listens to market

Written by: Paul Withers
BlackBerry’s Chen says Q20 proves he listens to market

Manufacturer’s CEO says it has stuck to its promise of focusing on its enterprise roots by launching handset with a QWERTY keyboard and trackpad

BlackBerry has released the latest devices based on its BB10 OS, including the Q20 which will feature a physical QWERTY keyboard.

The firm made good on its promise to focus on its enterprise roots with the device and chief executive John Chen says it proves he has listened to customers.

“In my first 90 days on the job, I consistently heard from our ardent BlackBerry customers that the hard buttons and trackpad are an essential part of the BlackBerry QWERTY experience, that made their BlackBerry smartphone their go-to productivity tool,” he said. “I want these customers to know that we heard them, and this new smartphone will be for them.”

The Q20 comes with its largest touchscreen for a QWERTY device yet at 3.5 inches, the enterprise solution Blackberry Hub, but further details are thin on the ground.

For example, it will offer “superior battery life” but no specifications have been released alongside the claims.

Targeted
Blackberry also released the Z3 (pictured), the first smartphone to emerge from its partnership with OEM Foxconn. The device features a five-inch touchscreen and will be targeted specifically at Indonesian customers.

The firm also announced a host of software additions including a new eBBm suite offering secure messaging for the enterprise market.

The Q20 will be available in the second half of this year but no details on pricing have been released.

EE and Three told Mobile News they had no news on the Z20’s availability. The Z3 will be released to the Indonesian market in April.

One Response to “BlackBerry’s Chen says Q20 proves he listens to market”

  1. disqus says:

    BlackBerry’s Chen says Q20 proves he listens to market
    The Q10 is a great device. I also hope BlackBerry continues making QWERTY phones without the track pad, back and option buttons.

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