The South Korean electronics giant Samsung has denied a Reuters report that it is in takeover talks with smartphone maker BlackBerry in a deal estimated at $7.5 billion.
“It is not true,” a Samsung representative told Korean news agencies.
Reuters yesterday reported that executives from the two firms held discussions on a potential deal last week and that Samsung made an offer to buy BlackBerry for $13.35-15.49 per share.
The news boosted BlackBerry’s shares nearly 30% (up US$2.89) Wednesday to close at US$12.60 but fell 14% in after-hours trading after it denied the report.
So where does that put BlackBerry?
CEO, John Chen says the company is “no longer in financial trouble” a year after he took the helm. But Chen acknowledges that there is still a lot of work to do in a company that was once the leader in mobile communications.
The BlackBerry Classic that brings the latest BlackBerry experience in an iconic BlackBerry Bold design is finally launched in Malaysia. It is available exclusively from Celcom with a retail price tag of RM1,588. On Celcom’s new First Postpaid plans, the BlackBerry Classic can be yours from as low as RM338.
The bundled options from Celcom are as follows:
Celcom First Basic (RM85/month) – RM1,038
Celcom First Basic with Max Up All (RM135/month) – RM788
Celcom First Elite (RM235/month) – RM338
The BlackBerry Classic, a new phone with old-school BlackBerry Bold styling is officially priced at RM1,588 in Malaysia. If you’re interested to get one, Celcom will be offering it exclusively on their network very soon.
In the mean time, they have started their usual practice of registration of interest so that you’ll be the among the first to know about their plans and availability. On top of that, they are giving a unit or an Urbanear headset for free if you provide them with an email list of your 10 friends that might be interested.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Classic features a 3.5″ 720×720 display which is accompanied by the physical buttons and trackpad that’s synonymous with its original BlackBerry Bold. Powering the device is a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage that are similar with its earlier BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smart phones. Compared to the previous BlackBerry Bold 9900, the new Classic model offers 60% more display, 50% more battery life and 3X faster web browsing. You can get the full details in the earlier BlackBerry Classic announcement post.
You can sign up your interest over at Celcom’s BlackBerry Classic registration page.
TuneTalk says that Red is the new Black. Just in time for Christmas, TuneTalk is now offering the BlackBerry Passport that comes in striking red. Outright, the Red BlackBerry Passport is priced at RM2,599, which is RM300 more than the usual price tag. However as a bundled promo, TuneTalk is throwing additional RM500 of airtime, making the device costing RM2,099 effectively.
Celcom, which seems to be the flag bearer of BlackBerry devices in Malaysia is going to offer the new Classic model very soon. They have just posted a teaser and it indicates that the new QWERTY device will be available exclusively on their network. Like their flagship BlackBerry Passport, we expect Celcom to bundle it with their usual Celcom First plans.
The BlackBerry Classic was just announced recently and it offers the familiar BlackBerry Bold form factor on top of its BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS. It features a 3.5″ 720×720 display and it runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage that’s similar to its earlier BlackBerry Q10 QWERTY smart phone. According to BlackBerry, the new Classic offers 60% more display, 50% more battery life and 3X faster web browser performance than the earlier BlackBerry Bold 9900.
You can read up more details in our BlackBerry Classic announcement post.
There’s a saying, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. After introducing a series of BlackBerry 10 OS devices, the enterprise centric smart phone maker has finally announced its BlackBerry Classic. This is their latest model with a touch of their BlackBerry Bold of old. At first glance, it retains a familiar QWERTY keyboard that most business execs would be familiar with, along with a trackpad and a set of dedicated physical keys underneath the screen.
BlackBerry is positioning this as the replacement of its former BlackBerry Bold 9900, its last flagship model before making the switch to BlackBerry 10 platform. The new Classic claims to offer 60% more display real estate, 50% more battery life and 3X faster web browser performance over the previous Bold 9900.
If using a BlackBerry these days isn’t exclusive enough, you probably might fancy a Porsche Edition. The design-centric BlackBerry Porsche P’9983 is now available in Malaysia and it would cost you a whopping RM6,488. According to DirectD’s listing, this is the official Brightstar unit which comes with 2 years warranty.
Essentially this is a pimped up BlackBerry Q10 that runs on a newer BlackBerry 10.3 OS. The main highlight of course is its build quality as it uses forged stainless steel for its frames while the back features a special glass-weave cover that looks like carbon-fibre.
The front gets a 3.1″ 720×720 touch screen while the bottom is dominated by a set of QWERTY keys with squarish 3D effects. Under the hood is rather dated 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm MSM8960 (S4 Plus) processor, that’s mated to 2GB of RAM.
If you’re still using that old BlackBerry Bold and refusing to make a jump to the latest BlackBerry 10 devices, the BlackBerry Classic could be the device worth waiting for. While it runs on its latest BlackBerry 10 operating system underneath, the exterior still follows the traditional BlackBerry style with its popular QWERTY keyboard along with its 4 navigation keys and trackpad.
If you’re not convinced, BlackBerry has released a short video showcasing how its retro keys would work on the latest BlackBerry 10 OS. Instead of the usual swiping gestures, you can easily move around with its dedicated menu and back keys like the classic Bold series. You can check it out after the break.
If the BlackBerry Passport feels too wide in your hands, perhaps the old school BlackBerry Classic might tickle your fancy. In the US, BlackBerry has started pre-orders at US$449 (about RM1,500) and it will be launched officially next month on 17th December at New York, Frankfurt and Singapore.
Spec-wise, the BlackBerry Classic is positioned below its Passport flagship with a smaller 3.5″ screen that does 720×720 pixels resolution. Being a classic device, it features BlackBerry’s signature trackpad, physical navigation keys and the familiar QWERTY keyboard that has always been an integral part of the BlackBerry Bold family.
Internally it could be featuring the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB that’s found on the Q10. Storage would be rocking a 16GB on-board along with a 8MP main, 2MP front camera and it also comes with 4G LTE support. So basically this is looking like a BlackBerry Q10 with an old-school BlackBerry Bold exterior.
Head after the break for couple of early photos of the BlackBerry Classic from N4BB.
The BlackBerry Passport is now available in Malaysia, exclusively from Celcom. Retailing at RM2,399, the latest BlackBerry flagship device is offered as low as RM788 on its Celcom First postpaid plans.
The Passport offers a wide 4.5″ screen and a new keyboard which also doubles up as a touchpad. Powering the device is a 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM and there’s also 32GB of storage on-board. Keeping you going all day long is a 3,450mAh battery which is rated to last for 30 hours.
The bundled BlackBerry Passport pricing are as follows:
Celcom First One Plan 3GB (RM68/month) – RM1,538
Celcom First One Plan 5GB (RM88/month) – RM1,388
Celcom First Prime + 5GB (RM128/month) – RM1,188
Celcom First Premier + 5GB (RM168/month) – RM1,038
Celcom First Elite + 5GB (RM238/month) – RM788
All bundles are tied with 24 months contract duration and there’s an upfront advance payment between RM400-RM1,200. Full plan details after the break.