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MWC 2013: BlackBerry announces the QWERTY BlackBerry Q20, and the full touch BlackBerry Z3

Formerly Research In Motion, now just BlackBerry, has released details of a pair of new mobile phones, in Barcelona.

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John Chen took to the stage at a small event at Mobile World Congress to announce an upcoming flaghip mobile phone called the BlackBerry Q20.

The CEO would like it to be known as ‘the classic’, due to its return to form with a classic QWERTY keyboard – plus traditional trackpad.

It will be arriving before the end of the year, expanding the Q range that is made up for the high-end BlackBerry Q10 and mid-range Q5.

This will be with a  3.5-inch touchscreen, and a  ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ Buttons .

The other phone unveiled was the handset known as ‘Jakarta’ – now BlackBerry Z3, and it was introduced by Terry Gou, head of Foxconn.

Just like the Q20, it is made by that company, which also makes devices for Apple.

The full touch 5-inch screen based handset will initially arrive in Indonesia, as a 3G device, running BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 and yet-to-be-released BBM new features.

That will be in April, where at some point during the year it will be available globally – in a 4G LTE version.

It will be a part of the Z range, at the base, with the first BlackBerry 10 OS run mid-range device – the Z10 – and the higher-end, BlackBerry Z30.

Rob Kerr