Buying BlackBerry is usually very easy with a simple choice of Black or White colours. If you want something more posh, you have the BlackBerry Porsche Design which is now in its 3rd generation with the P’9983.
The guys over at CrackBerry have gotten a couple of images which suggests that BlackBerry might be releasing a gold colour version of its current Passport flagship. Details of the gold unit is non-existent at the moment but it does look more luxurious than your mainstream gold coloured phone. It isn’t clear if this is an official BlackBerry product or simply an enterprising modder that offers gold plated add-ons accessories.
Check out more images after the break.
Right after its global announcement, the latest BlackBerry Passport is officially launched in Malaysia today. The wide screen passport-sized flagship smart phone is priced at RM2,399 and it will be available starting 10th to 31st October exclusively with Celcom. Bundling with Celcom postpaid plan starts from RM638. It will be available across its network of dealers beginning 1st November.
To recap on the specs, the Passport gets a squarish 4.5″ 1440×1440 display that pushes a pixel density of 453 ppi (pixels per inch). Meanwhile at the bottom, its signature BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard gets skinnier with 3 rows of keys but it is much more usable as it doubles up as a touchpad.
UPDATE: BlackBerry Passport is officially launched in Malaysia. Priced at RM2,399 and available first on Celcom.
BlackBerry has officially announced the Passport, its fresh take on the ultimate business device. Departing from its typical half screen, half QWERTY keyboard design, the new Passport aims to give a bigger picture with a wider form factor.
The front 4.5″ display pushes a high resolution 1440×1440 pixels which gives excellent clarity at 453 ppi (pixels per inch). To withstand day to day abuses, the screen is further toughen with Gorilla Glass 3.
As the display dominates almost 3/4 of the front, the QWERTY keyboard is more compact and it also doubles up as a touch pad. So you can scroll, flick and slide over its tactile keys.
UPDATE: The BlackBerry Porsche P’9983 is now available in Malaysia at RM6,488.
BlackBerry has officially announced its third device developed with Porsche Design with the BlackBerry P’9983. Like Porsche Design devices of the past, it offers premium style with upmarket materials instead of the usual plastic. For those who prefer to tap on a physical keyboard, the new P’9983 is the first QWERTY based Porsche Design device that runs on the latest BlackBerry OS 10.3. Previously, the P’9982, was based on the BlackBerry Z10 that came with a full touch screen experience.
Spec-wise, the new P’9983 is based on the BlackBerry Q10 with a 3.1″ 720×720 touch display, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also has a microSD slot that support cards up to 128GB, a microUSB 2.0 port as well as micro HDMI as standard. The battery is similar with the Q10 as well with a 2,100mAh capacity unit and a 8MP camera with 5 elements f/2.2 sapphire glass lens. It also gets 4G LTE, WiFI 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and NFC support.
Come September 24, BlackBerry will lift the covers of what is likely to be the Passport, The Passport marks a different approach for BlackBerry in its pursuit to strike a balance between having a physical QWERTY keyboard for its die-hard fans and a large touchscreen display to entice new users to jump on board the BB bandwagon. The device is also spotted on the SIRIM database which means it’s coming to Malaysia very soon.
Based on leaks, the Passport features square 4.5-inch display 1440×1440 pixel pushing an impressive 452ppi. Underneath the display is a simplified 3-row QWERTY keyboard with an integrated hidden touchpad for quick one-handed navigation. There’s an extensive hands-on here if you’re curious. Other rumoured specs include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM, there’s also a 13MP main camera and a 2MP front facing unit, and a large 3,450mAh battery. On the software side, the Passport is expected to be released with BlackBerry 10.3 complete with BlackBerry Assistant voice navigation.
The affordable BlackBerry Z3 smart phone has finally arrived on Celcom and it can be yours for only RM288. Retailling at RM699 outright, the BlackBerry Z3 is tied with 24 months contract with their new First One Plan 3GB option at RM68/month.
What you’ll get is 3GB of mobile internet along with 60 minutes of voice and 60 SMS per month. If you need more internet, you can top up additional quota at RM15 per GB or RM50 for 5GB. During sign up, there’s an advance payment of RM500 required upfront which they will rebate back to your bill across the first 10 months. As part of its Raya promotion, you can opt to pay your advance payment + device price (RM788) via credit card with 0% interest instalments for 24 months.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Z3 is an entry level 5″ BlackBerry 10 OS device and it runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor mated to 1.5GB of RAM and has 8GB of expandable storage via microSD. There’s also a 5MP camera, front facing 1.1MP unit and a decent 2,500mAh capacity battery. You can find out more about the device in our hands-on with the BlackBerry Z3.
For more information, visit Celcom’s BlackBerry Z3 page.
The Passport is BlackBerry’s next big thing and they are doing things differently with its squarish, Optimus VU-like form factor with a simplified 3 row QWERTY keyboard at the bottom. Targeted for a September release, the BlackBerry Passport has gotten another extensive hands-on and this time it shows off its hidden touchpad on the keyboard. With your thumbs being on the QWERTY keyboard most of the time, having a full-on touchpad at the bottom seems to be more practical than the usual swiping on-screen or on a traditional trackpad in the middle.
To recap on the specs, this quirky looking device has the means to match up with other flagship models. The front 4.5″ display does a high resolution 1440×1440 pixels and it is powered by a Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM. It also gets a 13MP main camera with a 2MP front facing unit and it is juiced up with a large 3,450mAh capacity battery. The keyboard may look simple with just 3 rows, but the Passport is able to extend additional set of keys onto the display. On the software side, it will be released with their latest BlackBerry 10.3 that offers BlackBerry Assistant.
Check out its hands-on video and photos after the break.
BlackBerry’s upcoming 10.3 software update has been leaked for quite a while now and one of its new feature is a voice assistant. BlackBerry today has officially gave it a name and it’s simply called as the BlackBerry Assistant. To give a glimpse of how it works, BlackBerry has given a short preview of it running on a BlackBerry Passport.
Voice Assistant on a phone isn’t new and we’ve seen Apple, Android and Microsoft implementing their own voice features that tries to understand your request in a conversation-like manner. What’s interesting though, is that BlackBerry Assistant gets better over time. The more you use it, the better it recognises your request and eventually it gets more accurate in fulfilling your requests.
So far the functionalities look pretty much the same including reading text messages and performing vital phone actions. The BlackBerry Passport is said to be released sometime in September and it comes with BlackBerry 10.3 out of the box. You can read more about BlackBerry Assistant’s preview over at their official blog.
The BlackBerry Z3 is now available in Malaysia for RM699. If you’re still thinking of getting a one with a new line, TuneTalk is offering the BlackBerry Z3 with 12 months free data on their Online Store.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Z3 gets a sizeable 5″ display and runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. It also gets 8GB of storage, a 5MP camera with the usual camera features and a decent 2,500mAh capacity battery. This is their most affordable BlackBerry 10 OS device available right now. You can check out our hands-on with the BlackBerry Z3 over here.
The 12 months free internet offer is valid with an active subscription and each month you get 500MB of data. If you purchase one from now until 7th August, you’ll also stand a chance to win a BlackBerry 9720. To place an order, head over to TuneTalk’s BlackBerry Z3 product page.
The BlackBerry Z3 goes on sale in Malaysia today at RM699. This is their most affordable BlackBerry 10 device which slots below its current BlackBerry Q5 model. If you’re planning on buying the Z3 on contract, both Maxis and U Mobile are listed as telco partners but they have yet to reveal any bundled plans at the moment.
The BlackBerry Z3 gets a 5″ screen which is the same size as its high-spec BlackBerry Z30 but it pushes a lower qHD resolution at 960×540 pixels. Underneath, it runs on an entry-level dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. There’s also 8GB of storage which can be expanded with microSD.
The back camera is a 5MP unit and it features the same camera features including Time Shift and it is also capable of shooting Full HD videos. At the front, it settles for a lower 1.1MP camera that does HD 720p videos. The BlackBerry Z3 battery should be able to last the whole day as it comes with a non-removable 2,500mAh capacity unit which is even bigger than the high-end BlackBerry Q10‘s 2,100mAh capacity.