BlackBerry has finally announced its premium Porsche Design P’9982 that runs on their latest BlackBerry 10 OS. Underneath the internals are the same as the BlackBerry Z10 but comes with a much generous 64GB of on-board storage. If that’s not enough, there’s also an expandable microSD slot that supports up to additional 64GB.
It is powered with the similar dual-core 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM and the screen retains the identical 4.2″ display that does 1280×768. Juicing up the device is a 1,800mAh battery and it also supports 4G LTE with our local telcos(Band 3, 7) supported. For imaging, it comes with a 8MP main shooter and a front facing 2MP camera that does 720p video.
What you get for the premium price tag is the use of more upmarket materials. The back is wrapped with Italian Leather while the frame is made of stainless steel. For that extra exclusivity, the Porsche Design BlackBerry comes with a special BBM Pin number that starts with 2AA prefix. BlackBerry also offers a variety of accessories including a uniquely designed leather sleeve and multi-coloured leather back covers.
On the software side, there’s a customised Porsche Design look and feel as well. With the use of premium materials, the Porsche Design P’9982 is slightly thicker at 9.5mm (Z10: 9.0mm) and heavier at 140 grams (Z10: 137.5grams).
Being a Porsche Design, the P’9982 is priced at a rather premium 1,500 Pounds which is about RM7,600 if converted directly. It will be available through Harrods and Porsche Design Online Store. As comparison, its previous BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 which is based on the Bold 9900 was released in Malaysia at RM6,338.
Check out the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982 promo video and unboxing after the break.
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After rolling out its BlackBerry 10.2 OS update last month, there’s a lot to look forward to in their upcoming 10.2.1 update. Although the tiny incremental in number doesn’t sound much, it brings a host of new features particularly the ease of installing Android Apps.
Previously Blackberry 10 users would need to convert or find Android apps that are in BAR file format to install. With the new 10.2.1, installing Android apps is as simple as installing an APK file which can be retrieve easily with APK downloaders such as this.
In terms of usability, the new OS update brings major UI improvements where you can tap directly into a new message from the home screen and BlackBerry Hub now comes with a customisable pinch mode which lets you Filter mails by Unread or Priority by simply pinching out. Another welcome feature is the battery percentage level which is now displayed in the lock screen or while peeking. The pull down quick settings is now customisable as well, so you can add in toggles such as NFC and even LED Flash light on it. So far there’s no word on its official roll out date but we reckon BlackBerry Q10, Z30, Z10 and Q5 users shouldn’t be waiting too long for this one.
Watch the 7 minute walkthrough video of the BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS after the break.
About 3 months ago, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982 had surfaced online which is basically a premium device that’s based on a BlackBerry Z10. This marks BlackBerry’s second collaboration with Porsche Design followed by its P’9981 that was based on the BlackBerry Bold 9900.
Previously the guys at Tinhte.vn had leaked high resolution photos of the upcoming device and now they have uploaded a hands-on video which gives a better idea in terms of usability. You can watch the full video after the break.
With the recent shake up over at BlackBerry, it is uncertain if the device would actually be made available. If someone is going to pay a premium for a Porsche Design BlackBerry, the Z10 hardware looks rather dated right now and it makes more sense if the upcoming Porsche smart phone is based on the Z30 instead.
As comparison, the Z10 runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.2″ display and a modest 1,800mAh battery while the Z30 is kicking a faster dual-core 1.7GHz processor with a 5″ display and a much larger 2,880mAh battery. Currently the Z10 4G LTE version and the Z30 are priced at RM1,899 and RM1,998 respectively.
BlackBerry has announced that it will be rolling out its BlackBerry 10.2 operating system update this week. The latest update brings a host of new features including BlackBerry Priority Hub, BlackBerry Natural Sound, Notifications on the lock screen and a couple of app enhancements.
It will be rolled out to existing BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry Q10 users starting with Canada, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Europe beginning week. Users in Latin America and the US will be getting on November onward. The recently announced BlackBerry Z30 already runs on BlackBerry 10.2 out of the box. For the full list of 10.2 updates and enhancements, hit the source link below.
Now, 5 million is a massive number and, presumably, many Android and iOS users have waited eagerly for a long time to get their hands on the service. But what does it all mean?
Well, fact of the matter is, BlackBerry is still very much in the lurch. The company is on the verge of being broken up and sold for parts, while its co-founders look for cash to save the once proud organisation from the brink. Add to this the close to US$1 billion of unsold BlackBerry Z10 slowly going obsolete in warehouses and store shelves around the world and it doesn’t take a Wall Street analyst to see that the company’s continuity is grimm.
To think about it, 5 million downloads is not that impressive when you consider the number of iOS and Android users combined reach the hundreds of millions. Is there demand for BBM when users are flocking to more entertaining and open messaging platforms like WhatsApp, WeChat and Line? Perhaps. Or maybe people are just curious to try BBM to see what all the fuss is about.
But let’s look at the bigger picture. BlackBerry (previously Research in Motion) was once an industry leader. Just five years ago BlackBerry was in an enviable position, it was the fastest growing tech company, the most profitable, the most promising, and to think its most encouraging headline today is about the number of times one of its apps was downloaded — and those downloads doesn’t necessarily translate to active users mind — just tells us what a sad, sad state BlackBerry is in today.
So what does it all mean? Get ready to say goodbye to what was once a truly great industry icon.
Things are getting desperate for BlackBerry as the company consider breaking itself up to be sold for parts if Fairfax Financial Holdings — its largest shareholder — is not able to raise the US$4.7 billion required to take the troubled company private reported Bloomberg citing an inside source.
BlackBerry has until November 4 to seek other options while the Fairfax group raise the necessary funds. Prospects don’t look good as a source close to the matter say the group may not be able to deliver the goods the Bloomberg report continues.
SAP, Cisco and even rival Samsung, were approached by BlackBerry advisers for a buyout bid but the companies have indicated that they’re only interested in acquiring parts of the once formidable Canadian tech giant. A breakup would enable interested parties to do just that — bid for BlackBerry’s most valuable pieces, such as its patents or enterprise network .
“If you break up the company, you’re going to get more than the company is worth right now,” Sachin Shah, a strategist in special situations and merger arbitrage at New York-based Albert Fried & Co. told Bloomberg. Whether Fairfax’s bid is successful or not, “breaking it up sounds more appetizing for all involved,” he said.
Closer to home, BlackBerry Malaysia Managing Director has left his position a little over two years after assuming the role, his departure is presumably linked to the recent company development.
The final chapters of BlackBerry, a company that once took the mobile industry and commanded an 80% market share in the United States is shaping up to be very sad indeed.
The BlackBerry Z30 goes on sale this Saturday 5th October making Malaysia one of the first countries to get it globally. Priced at RM1,998, the Z30 will be exclusive to Celcom for 2 weeks which is offered as low as RM738.
There are 3 plans available with bundled pricing as follows:
Celcom First Prime + 5GB data – RM738
Celcom First Premier + 5GB data – RM738
Celcom First Elite + 5GB data – RM738
Despite having multiple commitment plans with 24 months contract, the promo bundled pricing of RM738 is the same across all 3, which is similar to their Galaxy Note 3 offering.
Celcom is also having a launch event on Saturday at Celcom’s Iconic Store at Sunway Pyramid from 9.30AM. As a launch promo, the first 140 on location will stand a chance to win a pair of urbanears headphones. In addition to that, the first 200 customers that purchase a Z30 via Celcom will also get a free BlackBerry Z10 and a pair of Alicia Keys concert tickets in KL.
To recap, the Z30 is a 5″ BlackBerry 10 OS full touch smart phone and it runs on a newer 1.7GHz dual-core qualcomm S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Juicing up the Z30 is a much generous 2,880mAh battery and comes with 4G LTE & NFC as standard. You can read up more on the BlackBerry Z30 in our earlier post here.
Currently BlackBerry has also revised its pricing of other BlackBerry 10 OS devices with the current top of the line QWERTY Q10 is priced at RM1,998 while the 4.2″ Z10 is now priced at RM1,899 for the 4G LTE model.
Stock prices are not the only things taking a dive at BlackBerry. The former leader in mobile communications have revised the retail pricing for two of its high-end devices less than a year after their respective launches — the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.
The Z10 range (both the LTE and 3G versions) get a RM389 price cut from RM2,288 to RM1,899 and RM2,188 to RM1,799 respectively. Meanwhile the Q10 is now RM390 cheaper from RM2,388 to RM1,998.
Current prices for the range of BlackBerry smartphones:
BlackBerry Q5 – RM1,299
BlackBerry Z10 (3G) – RM1,799
BlackBerry Z10 (4G LTE) – RM1,899
BlackBerry Q10 (4G LTE) – RM1,998
BlackBerry Z30 (4G LTE) – RM1,998
The troubled device manufacturer announced on Friday that it would cut 4,500 jobs as it prepares to absorb losses in the tune of close to US $1 billion due to a massive inventory of unsold devices. In Malaysia, BlackBerry distributor Brightstar recently launched a trade-up program early this month where consumers can get the Z10 for a hefty discount (up to RM1,800 off) when they trade in their old smartphone. More recently, Celcom is running a “buy one free one” promotion in conjunction with the launch of the BlackBerry Z30. The promotion gives one BlackBerry Z10 free with every purchase of a BlackBerry Z30. The operator will be giving away 200 units of the Z10 for this promotion.
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While BlackBerry is having some rough times, BGR has stumbled upon some images of what appears to be their upcoming low-cost device. Codenamed Kopi, this QWERTY device will be positioned below the current Blackberry Q5 and it is expected to come without 4G LTE support. With it comes a familiar BlackBerry Curve-like keyboard, a removable battery and expandable microSD slot. From a screenshot, it is spotted running on the latest BlackBerry 10.2 OS.
Pricing seems to be BlackBerry’s weakness as it is priced rather high compared to its competitors of the same range. At least for now, we’ve seen some realistic pricing with the recently introduced 5″ BlackBerry Z30 priced at RM1,998. The existing BlackBerry Z10s are currently priced at RM1,799 for 3G and RM1,899 for the 4G LTE version. For those into QWERTY, the flagship Q10 is priced at RM2,488 and its current entry level (or soon to be mid-level) Q5 is priced at RM1,299. BlackBerry is also said to be working on low-cost full touch screen device dubbed C-Series that’s a notch lower than the current Z10.
So far there’s no pricing and availability information yet for the new Kopi device. If they intended this for the masses, it should be priced more competitively against the entry level Androids and Windows Phone devices.
Head after the break for more close up shot of the device.
UPDATE: BlackBerry has stopped its BBM roll out on Android and iOS citing leaked apps for causing problems. BlackBerry says they are working hard to get the app out to Android and iOS soon but no dates were mentioned so far.
The long awaited cross platform BBM for Android and iOS is finally rolling out. The once exclusive messenger within BlackBerry devices is finally opening up to others in an attempt to compete with other dominating cross platform IM such as WhatsApp, Line, WeChat & Kakaotalk.
Android users will be getting it on 21st September while iOS users can start downloading it on 22nd September. In terms of compatibility, it is only for devices that’s running at least Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and iOS 6 for iPhones.
For the time being, the functionality is rather basic with just normal BBM Chat. However you still get to transfer files, photos and create group chats up to 30 people. Like BlackBerry devices, each registered BBM user will be given a unique BB Pin as well. If you’re looking for BBM Video & BBM Voice, BlackBerry has mentioned that it will be introduced for Android and iOS users in the future.