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BlackBerry to build a new Z3 touch-screen smartphone

Expected to cost under $200, the BlackBerry Z3 packs a large touch screen but no physical keyboard.

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Brian Bennett is a senior writer for the home and outdoor section at CNET. He reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from cordless and robot vacuum cleaners to fire pits, grills and coffee makers. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he rides longboards downhill in his free time.

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BlackBerry announced Q20 and Jakarta handsets at MWC 2014. Brian Bennett/CNET

BARCELONA, Spain -- Here at MWC 2014 BlackBerry announced its newest touch screen smartphone, the BlackBerry Z3. Once codenamed the Jakarta, the Z3 will offer a big 5-inch high-resolution display and rely on an all-touch interface, rather than a physical keyboard. BlackBerry plans to sell the Z3 for under $200, unlocked.

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The BlackBerry Z3 will also run the company's latest version of its operating system, BB 10.2.1. Additionally, BlackBerry has pledged to equip the Z3 with a high-capacity battery boasting enough juice to last a good while between charges. Other details about the phone remain murky, but the company promises that all shall be revealed in April when BlackBerry officially launches the Z3 at a special event in Jakarta.

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We managed to snap a closer shot of the BlackBerry Z3 at MWC 2014. Brian Bennett/CNET

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