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.
If you’re looking to get BlackBerry’s cheapest BlackBerry 10 device, the Q5, with a no strings attached mobile plan then you might want to check out what’s on offer from Tune Talk.
Being an MVNO that sells prepaid only you can forget operator discounts on the device. With Tune Talk, you will be paying full retail price for the Q5 but on the flip-side you won’t be tied down with lengthy contract commitments.
The BlackBerry Q5 sells for RM1,299 — pretty much RRP — and if you get from Tune Talk, they will throw in free delivery and a free Tune Talk SIM pack that comes with 1GB data and 60 minutes free talk time for 3 months (5 months free if you port from another operator).
After the promo period, you’re free to continue with Tune Talk Cun Pan for RM38/month with 1GB data and 60 minutes free talk time or — because there’s no contract — stop using Tune Talk altogether, the choice is yours.
Details on the BlackBerry Q5 promo from Tune Talk here.
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BlackBerry is planning to launch two more devices this year. One will be running the older BlackBerry 7 OS and is a development of the Bold 9700 while the other is a premium device positioned above the current Z10 with a bigger screen known as the A10.
The A10 is expected to feature a 5-inch screen — the largest ever on a BlackBerry smartphone — a dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8MP rear camera. The display is rumoured to be a 720p Super AMOLED panel pushing out a pixel density of about 293ppi, average considering 1080p displays are quickly becoming the norm.
The device can be seen in action in a short video after the jump and in terms of design, the A10 carries the same theme as the Z10. Essentially, it looks like a bigger Z10. In addition, the A10 is said to be slightly bigger than the Galaxy S4 and feature rounded edges similar to what we’ve seen on the HTC One.
5-inch looks to be the defacto standard when it comes to smartphones. The screen size strikes a good balance between appreciable viewing area while still being comfortably usable with one hand even for people with smaller paws.
But will the A10 help BlackBerry improve its lacklustre sale performance? The larger screen size will get buyers curious and as far as new operating systems go, BlackBerry 10 is refreshing and very likable. However like Windows Phone, the platform lacks many of the most used apps seen in Android and iOS. Will that be a something users can forgo? That’s up to you. Also consider that since this device is likely to be positioned above the Z10, expect to see a price that may be higher than comparative 5-inch smartphones.