There’s a saying, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. After introducing a series of BlackBerry 10 OS devices, the enterprise centric smart phone maker has finally announced its BlackBerry Classic. This is their latest model with a touch of their BlackBerry Bold of old. At first glance, it retains a familiar QWERTY keyboard that most business execs would be familiar with, along with a trackpad and a set of dedicated physical keys underneath the screen.
BlackBerry is positioning this as the replacement of its former BlackBerry Bold 9900, its last flagship model before making the switch to BlackBerry 10 platform. The new Classic claims to offer 60% more display real estate, 50% more battery life and 3X faster web browser performance over the previous Bold 9900.
If using a BlackBerry these days isn’t exclusive enough, you probably might fancy a Porsche Edition. The design-centric BlackBerry Porsche P’9983 is now available in Malaysia and it would cost you a whopping RM6,488. According to DirectD’s listing, this is the official Brightstar unit which comes with 2 years warranty.
Essentially this is a pimped up BlackBerry Q10 that runs on a newer BlackBerry 10.3 OS. The main highlight of course is its build quality as it uses forged stainless steel for its frames while the back features a special glass-weave cover that looks like carbon-fibre.
The front gets a 3.1″ 720×720 touch screen while the bottom is dominated by a set of QWERTY keys with squarish 3D effects. Under the hood is rather dated 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm MSM8960 (S4 Plus) processor, that’s mated to 2GB of RAM.
If you’re still using that old BlackBerry Bold and refusing to make a jump to the latest BlackBerry 10 devices, the BlackBerry Classic could be the device worth waiting for. While it runs on its latest BlackBerry 10 operating system underneath, the exterior still follows the traditional BlackBerry style with its popular QWERTY keyboard along with its 4 navigation keys and trackpad.
If you’re not convinced, BlackBerry has released a short video showcasing how its retro keys would work on the latest BlackBerry 10 OS. Instead of the usual swiping gestures, you can easily move around with its dedicated menu and back keys like the classic Bold series. You can check it out after the break.
If the BlackBerry Passport feels too wide in your hands, perhaps the old school BlackBerry Classic might tickle your fancy. In the US, BlackBerry has started pre-orders at US$449 (about RM1,500) and it will be launched officially next month on 17th December at New York, Frankfurt and Singapore.
Spec-wise, the BlackBerry Classic is positioned below its Passport flagship with a smaller 3.5″ screen that does 720×720 pixels resolution. Being a classic device, it features BlackBerry’s signature trackpad, physical navigation keys and the familiar QWERTY keyboard that has always been an integral part of the BlackBerry Bold family.
Internally it could be featuring the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB that’s found on the Q10. Storage would be rocking a 16GB on-board along with a 8MP main, 2MP front camera and it also comes with 4G LTE support. So basically this is looking like a BlackBerry Q10 with an old-school BlackBerry Bold exterior.
Head after the break for couple of early photos of the BlackBerry Classic from N4BB.
The BlackBerry Passport is now available in Malaysia, exclusively from Celcom. Retailing at RM2,399, the latest BlackBerry flagship device is offered as low as RM788 on its Celcom First postpaid plans.
The Passport offers a wide 4.5″ screen and a new keyboard which also doubles up as a touchpad. Powering the device is a 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM and there’s also 32GB of storage on-board. Keeping you going all day long is a 3,450mAh battery which is rated to last for 30 hours.
The bundled BlackBerry Passport pricing are as follows:
Celcom First One Plan 3GB (RM68/month) – RM1,538
Celcom First One Plan 5GB (RM88/month) – RM1,388
Celcom First Prime + 5GB (RM128/month) – RM1,188
Celcom First Premier + 5GB (RM168/month) – RM1,038
Celcom First Elite + 5GB (RM238/month) – RM788
All bundles are tied with 24 months contract duration and there’s an upfront advance payment between RM400-RM1,200. Full plan details after the break.
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.
BlackBerry Malaysia has sent us an invite to an event happening next week and by the looks of it, it’s almost certain that they will be talking about the Passport. The local announcement is likely to coincide with the international announcement that’s scheduled to happen on September 25.
If the rumours are true, the Passport will be the most different BlackBerry since the Storm that was launched six years ago. Like the Storm, BlackBerry will be looking 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. Considering that the device is also spotted on the SIRIM database earlier this week, you can expect the new phone to be available in Malaysia soon after its announcement.
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.
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.