BlackBerry’s affordable touch screen phone, the BlackBerry Leap is finally here with a retail price of RM 1,089 (with GST of course).
BlackBerry hasn’t been having the best of times as of late, with the BlackBerry Leap debuting at MWC 2015 barely causing much of a stir. But now it seems that it has some new phones up it’s sleeves that might just be the thing to breathe some new life into the company.
Just when you thought BlackBerry is keeping quiet, its new Leap could be making its way into Malaysia. Announced during MWC 2015, the Leap is an affordable new smart phone that’s a notch above its current BlackBerry Z3.
With its appearance on our local SIRIM database, its local launch might be near.
Still on your BlackBerry Bold and looking for an upgrade? The new BlackBerry Classic with the traditional QWERTY keyboard is now available on TuneTalk without contract. You can purchase it from their online store at the full retail price of RM1,588.
As an added bonus, Tune Talk is bundling a free SIM loaded along with RM300 air time. According to the T&C, the RM300 air time comes with 3 months validity, so you’ll need to top up after that.
To fresh your memory, the new Classic has a 3.5″ 720×720 display and underneath it gets a familiar Bold styled physical buttons and trackpad. Powering the device is a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage that are similar with its earlier BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smart phones. It also comes equipped with a 8MP main camera and a front facing 2MP shooter. Keeping the lights on is a non-removable 2,515mAh battery and it also supports 4G LTE. Since BlackBerry Classic is on the newer BlackBerry 10 platform, you no longer need to subscribe to any of the old school BIS/BES plans.
If you’re interested, visit Tune Talk’s BlackBerry Classic page.
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BlackBerry is trying to make its mark at MWC 2015 by introducing its new BlackBerry Leap. This is yet another affordable BlackBerry full touch screen device targeted at youths and it sits right above the current entry-level BlackBerry Z3. It gets a similar sized 5″ display but pushes a higher HD 720p resolution, which gives it a pixel density of 294ppi.
Under the hood, it gets a dated dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus (Is Qualcomm still making these?) that’s also powering the old BlackBerry Z10 and it is mated to 2GB of RAM. On-board there’s 16GB of storage that can be expanded with microSD up to 128GB.
BlackBerry is now rolling out its latest 10.3.1 software update to current BlackBerry 10 devices. This includes its older BlackBerry Z10, Z3, Z30, Q5, Q10, Porsche Design P’9983 and the latest BlackBerry Passport.
The latest update which came installed on the BlackBerry Classic will bring a host of new improvements including BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant and a couple of enhancements for its native apps such as BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Camera and more. With the latest version, the Amazon Appstore will be installed by default and QWERTY based devices such as the Q5, Q10, P’9983 and Passport will get extra keyboard shortcuts to launch specific apps or contacts.
Meanwhile if you’re away from your BlackBerry, you can easily access your device via Blackberry Blend from any connected computer or tablet without the need of complicated VPNs. This lets you read or reply to messages remotely as if you’re on the device itself.
The update should be reaching to Malaysian units and if you haven’t received any notifications yet, you can try checking manually at Settings > Software Updates > Updates.
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The BlackBerry Classic that brings the latest BlackBerry experience in an iconic BlackBerry Bold design is finally launched in Malaysia. It is available exclusively from Celcom with a retail price tag of RM1,588. On Celcom’s new First Postpaid plans, the BlackBerry Classic can be yours from as low as RM338.
The bundled options from Celcom are as follows:
Celcom First Basic (RM85/month) – RM1,038
Celcom First Basic with Max Up All (RM135/month) – RM788
Celcom First Elite (RM235/month) – RM338
The BlackBerry Classic, a new phone with old-school BlackBerry Bold styling is officially priced at RM1,588 in Malaysia. If you’re interested to get one, Celcom will be offering it exclusively on their network very soon.
In the mean time, they have started their usual practice of registration of interest so that you’ll be the among the first to know about their plans and availability. On top of that, they are giving a unit or an Urbanear headset for free if you provide them with an email list of your 10 friends that might be interested.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Classic features a 3.5″ 720×720 display which is accompanied by the physical buttons and trackpad that’s synonymous with its original BlackBerry Bold. Powering the device is a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage that are similar with its earlier BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smart phones. Compared to the previous BlackBerry Bold 9900, the new Classic model offers 60% more display, 50% more battery life and 3X faster web browsing. You can get the full details in the earlier BlackBerry Classic announcement post.
You can sign up your interest over at Celcom’s BlackBerry Classic registration page.