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.
BlackBerry today has officially announced its new flagship device – The BlackBerry Z30. Following its 4.2″ BlackBerry Z10, the Z30 goes further with a bigger display, improved hardware and more affordable flagship pricetag. Unlike its expensive predecessors, the Z30 is priced at a competitive RM1,998. This makes it slightly affordable than its iPhone and Android rivals.
Just like the earlier rumours & leaks suggest, the Z30 comes with a large 5.0″ display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution and runs on a more uprated 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. If you need more storage, the Z30 also comes with expandable microSD slot as well. In the camera department, it comes with a 8MP main shooter with f/2.2 aperture and a front facing 2MP camera.
A new feature on the Z30 is its stereo speakers which they call Natural Sound. BlackBerry claims that it produces enhanced audio which gives a feeling that you’re conversing with a person in the same room over BBM Video Chat. Juicing up the device is a rather generous 2,880mAh battery which is rated to last for 25 hours of mixed usage. It is also good to know that the Z30 has 4G LTE and NFC as standard. Out of the box,it runs on BlackBerry OS 10.2.
For now, Celcom will be the exclusive telco of the Z30 for 2 weeks starting from 5th October. As an early bird bonus, Celcom is giving the first 200 customers a free BlackBerry Z10 and a pair of tickets to Alicia Keys concert that’s happening in KL.
Head after the break for the BlackBerry Z30 promo video.
Tomorrow BlackBerry is about to reveal something interesting which is either a cross platform BBM or a brand new device. If is indeed a new device, it would probably be the BlackBerry Z30 aka “Aristo” shown above here.
This time, it is spotted side by side by the recently launched 5″ Xperia Z1. This is BlackBerry’s new flagship taking the crown off from the current Z10. To recap on the specs, the Z30 is said to come with a large 5″ display, a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage that’s expandable via microSD. If you want to see more of it, you can check out the detail photos & video over here.
The new BlackBerry devices with its BlackBerry 10 OS is a refreshing departure from its previous user experience. On the BlackBerry Z10, we love the natural usage of gestures and its rather minimal learning curve. The only gripe we had was some rough edges in terms of software which was resolved through updates and average battery life of about 10-12 hours.
The new Z30 is something to look forward to as it purportedly comes with a rather generous 2,800mAh battery. With the earlier Z10 and Q10, the launch price of RM2,188 and RM2,388 respectively was seen a barrier as both are significantly more expensive than its Android and iPhone rivals. Hopefully the Z30 would be priced more competitively this time to encourage more uptake.
UPDATE: BlackBerry Z30 officially revealed. Priced at RM1,998 and available on 5th October.
BlackBerry Malaysia has issued a media invite for a press conference that’s happening on next Wednesday, 18th September. They didn’t leave much details other than hinting “making every conversation feels like you are there with them” with a silhouette of a BlackBerry device shown above.
It is a possibility that BlackBerry’s BBM messenger will be available across different platforms next week but the invite could mean something bigger than that. Perhaps they are referring to a bigger device such as the rumoured BlackBerry Z30 that features a 5″ Super AMOLED display with uprated hardware. From what we’ve gathered, it is likely to be the latter.
How do you convince reluctant people to switch phones? Trading up their existing device for a new one seems to be an easier option. Now Brightstar is offering a Trade Up program which aims to drive up ownership of the BlackBerry Z10 smart phone. The trade up value is quite attractive and depending on model, your phone could fetch as high as RM1,800. Strangely, the trade value of your device also depends on the Z10 model that you’ll pick. If you opt for the Z10 LTE version, you will get a slightly higher value.
Some of the smart phone trade up value are listed as follows:
iPhone 4 8GB – RM1,065 (Z10 3G), RM1,084 (Z10 LTE)
iPhone 4 16GB – RM1,080 (Z10 3G), RM1,099 (Z10 LTE)
iPhone 4S 16GB – RM1,304 (Z10 3G), RM1,323 (Z10 LTE)
iPhone 5 16GB – RM1,668 (Z10 3G), RM1,687 (Z10 LTE)
BlackBerry Bold 9900 – RM934 (Z10 3G), RM953 (Z10 LTE)
BlackBerry Q10 – RM1,227 (Z10 3G), RM1,246 (Z10 LTE)
BlackBerry Z10 3G – RM983 (Z10 3G), RM1,002 (Z10 LTE)
Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB – RM1,169 (Z10 3G), RM1,188 (Z10 LTE)
Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB – RM1,585 (Z10 3G), RM1,604 (Z10 LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Note II – RM1,434 (Z10 3G), RM1,453 (Z10 LTE)
Of course, it is subject to the condition of the device as well. If you look at the list above, it is funny to see that Brightstar has also included their latest BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 into the trade up list. On top of that, even its more expensive Q10 is listed with a lower value than the older Galaxy Note II and iPhone 4S.
If you’re interested to switch to a BlackBerry Z10 with this trade up program, just visit one of Brightstar’s participating dealers and they will evaluate your current phone to determine the balance price you need to pay for a new Z10. The current BlackBerry Z10 retail price is listed as RM1,799 for the 3G version and RM1,899 for the 4G LTE version.
For more information and full list of trade up models, head over to Brightstar’s BlackBerry Trade Up promo page.
While BlackBerry is rocking its new BlackBerry 10 devices, they have not abandoned the previous BlackBerry 7.1 platform just yet. They have just announced its new entry level BlackBerry 9720 which looks like a device from its the previous generation. It comes with a 2.8″ display that’s touch enabled and runs on a modest 800MHz processor with 512MB of RAM. Other hardware details include a 5MP camera, WiFi & 3G connectivity, FM Radio and 1,450mAh battery.
Overall it is a pretty bare bones QWERTY device and comes with the usual BBM with Voice support. There’s even a dedicated BBM button to get chatting instantly. The 9720 is targeted for emerging markets in Asia, Middle East and Latin America.
Head after the break for the promo video.
Before BlackBerry announces its next big thing, its upcoming BlackBerry Z30 also known as the A10 or Aristo has gotten itself a rather detailed hands-on review. The 5 minute long video from Vietnam gives a closer look around the device which is the new big brother of the current BlackBerry Z10 full touch screen device.
If the earlier leaked spec sheet is the real deal, the Z30 runs on a faster dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm processor with 2GB of RAM and comes with a bigger 5″ Super AMOLED display that pushes 1280×720 pixels resolution. You’ll get a 8MP camera at the rear and a front facing 2MP camera. Storage wise, it comes with 16GB with expandable microSD slot up to 64GB. Powering the device is a purported 2,800mAh battery which is rather generous and overall is 9.4mm thick. In terms of design, the placement of buttons and ports remain unchanged from the Z10 however the back features a carbon-fibre like weave design just like the back of the popular Motorola RAZR series.
Watch the Z30 hands-on video and detail photos after the break.
For those seeking exclusivity, it looks like BlackBerry and Porsche Design has gotten themselves busy with a new premium device. Based on the BlackBerry Z10, the above device is the purported Porsche Design P’9982 that is wrapped with upmarket materials. Obviously this is only for the selected few but it we reckon it won’t be as expensive as Vertu Ti.
So far there’s no word on the specs but it is likely to maintain the same internals of the Z10 which consists of 4.2″ display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 8MP camera. The device is expected to run on BlackBerry 10 OS with the a custom Porsche Design theme.
Last year, the Porsche Design P’9981 was launched at RM6,338 which is 3 times more than the BlackBerry Bold 9900 that its based on. So no surprises if the new one is priced above RM6,000 mark when it gets here.
Head after the break for more images of the upcoming BlackBerry Porsche Design.
The BlackBerry Q5 is now available on contact with Maxis from as low as RM438. The Q5 is the most affordable BlackBerry 10 OS device in the market which retails at RM1,299 outright which even comes with 4G LTE support.
As usual, Maxis is offering the BlackBerry Q5 on its BBMore55, BBMore 88 & BBMore 148 plans and its bundled pricing as follows:
BBMore 55 (12 months) – RM1,198
BBMore 88 (12 months) – RM1,068
BBMore 88 (24 months) – RM738
BBMore 148 (12 months) – RM968
BBMore 148 (24 months) – RM438
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Q5 comes with 3.1″ 720×720 touch screen display and is powered with a decent 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM and a rather generous 2,180mAh battery. While the BlackBerry Q10 is seen as a BlackBerry Bold replacement, the Q5 is more of a BlackBerry Curve equivalent.
For more info, head over to Maxis BlackBerry Q5 page.
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For a company that touts mobile security as its trump card, BlackBerry is really bad at keeping its own information secure. Case in point, the slew of leaks about the 5-inch smartphone that BlackBerry is working on.
The latest is the spec sheet below.
BlackBerry A10 Features and Specs
Processor: Dual Core 1.7GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Pro, Quad Core GPU
Radio: LTE/CDMA/HSPA+, LTE/HSPA+
Display: 5″ OLED, HD/WXGA, 1280×720, 24-bit color, S-Stripe Pixel Arrangement, 295ppi
Dimensions: 140.7 x 72 x 9.4mm (9.7 Verizon)
OS: BlackBerry OS 10.2
Camera: 8.0MP Rear Camera with flash, IS 5X / 2.0MP Front Camera IS 5X
Memory: 16GB + 2GB(RAM) + 64GB uSB (hot-swap)
Connectors: Micro USB, Micro HDMI out
Sensors: Ambient Light, Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Altimeter
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n (4G Mobile Hotspot)
Battery: 2800 mAh Integrated
Other: NFC, DLNA, Micro SIM
On paper, the A10 might not look impressive for a top-end device but when you consider QNX — the platform on which BlackBerry 10 is build from — is quite good at managing processing resources, then specs may not really be an issue.
What can be issues are the lack of apps available for BlackBerry 10 and the overly premium pricing that BlackBerry is putting on its devices. Let’s hope the A10 gets a much improved rear camera as well.
No word on when the A10 will be released but judging by the amount of leaks that’s coming out about the device, you can expect it to be soon, possibly between August and September.