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.
Angry Birds may be one of the most popular mobile gaming title since Snake but catapulting various kinds of birds into shacks made by pigs is getting a lame. It’s a good thing then that Rovio is coming out with Angry Birds Go — a spin-off of the Angry Birds franchise that has all the makings of a surefire hit.
Judging by the pre-release trailer (that you can view after the jump), Angry Birds Go is a combination of everything that made Angry Birds great repackaged into a kart racing game that looks good and promises to be fun and addictive. Aside from racing, the game promises a lot of variations as well with upgradeable vehicles and character power-ups.
Angry Birds Go will be available free on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8. Blackberry 10 users will be happy to know that the game will be available on their platform as well.
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.
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.