Speaking during BlackBerry’s earnings call this morning, CEO John Chen revealed the company’s next smartphone, codenamed Jakarta, will be manufactured by Foxconn as part of a new contract. The low-cost device will reportedly run a version of BlackBerry 10, offer 3G service and target the Indonesian market when it launches in March of April of 2014.
BlackBerry’s a partnership with the Chinese manufacturer will last five years, during which time Foxconn will help the struggling smartphone-maker develop and build new devices targeting emerging markets starting early next year. “This partnership demonstrates BlackBerry’s commitment to the device market for the long-term and our determination to remain the innovation leader in secure end-to-end mobile solutions,” Chen said.
Moving into 2014, Chen says BlackBerry will back away from the high-end consumer market, instead focusing on improving its enterprise business while targeting developing markets with entry-level BlackBerry 10 devices. The company has also issued several statements promising it will continue to support its current BlackBerry 10 devices, though we don’t expect a new flagship handset to come out of Waterloo any time soon.