It seems BlackBerry have gone back to its roots, design wise, with their upcoming device, the BlackBerry Vienna. Renders of what looks to be BlackBerry’s second Android device have found their way on the Internet and they are interesting, to say the least.
The new BlackBerry PRIV appears to be heading to Malaysia very soon as it has received the green light from SIRIM with the model number STV100-3. Being a symbol of Privilege and Privacy, the PRIV aims to be the most secure device that runs on Android. On top of that, it offers the best of both worlds featuring a touch-enabled double curve display and a full QWERTY keyboard in a single package.
Before BlackBerry releases their Android powered device, a new Passport device is in the works with the codename Dallas/Oslo. Now it appears that Malaysia could be one of the first market to get it as a new model with the model number SQW100-4 was spotted in SIRIM.
BlackBerry’s affordable touch screen phone, the BlackBerry Leap is finally here with a retail price of RM 1,089 (with GST of course).
The BlackBerry Leap is heading for Malaysia and it is now available for pre-orders through 11street. With the retail price tag of RM1,089 (inclusive of GST), the Leap is quite pricey the entry-level specs it offer. According to the listing, the BlackBerry Leap would start shipping on 19th May. As a special promo, they are giving out 11street shopping coupon worth RM150 and the first 100 buyers will also get BlackBerry merchandises including a cap and a leather phone pouch.
Announced during MWC 2015, the Leap is BlackBerry’s new affordable full touch screen phone that’s seen as an upgrade of the BlackBerry Z3. It features a similar sized 5″ HD 720p display and under the hood it runs on a rather dated dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with 2GB of RAM. On-board it has 16GB of storage which is expandable with microSD.
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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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.
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.
The full BlackBerry Q10 bundled pricing as follows:
DG SmartPlan 58 (24 months) – RM1,669
DG SmartPlan 88 (24 months) – RM1,429
DG SmartPlan 148 (24 months) – RM1,109
An upfront payment between RM240-800 is required during sign up and will be rebated back to your bill on a monthly basis. So far DiGi is only offering the BlackBerry Q10 on a 24 months contract.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Q10 comes with a smaller 3.1″ Super AMOLED screen, powered with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Over at the back it comes with a 8MP shooter and it is juiced with a 2,100mAh capacity battery.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s online store.