The once dominant BlackBerry is no longer the same today. With devices like the DTEK50 and DTEK60, BlackBerry will be relying on partners to manufacture its newer models. Before it all comes to an end, BlackBerry is said to be releasing one more device which will come with a QWERTY keyboard.
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.
UPDATE: According to @mekyuyu, this offer is limited at 30 packages per day.
BlackBerry devices are going for cheap at PC Fair which is happening at KL Convention centre from today until 4th December 2011. If you’ve been eyeing on a BlackBerry, this is probably the best time to get it. They are throwing 50% for the 2nd unit and this isn’t for the old models.
This is applicable on the recently launched BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and BlackBerry Curve 9380. Meanwhile, the rest of the BlackBerry line up will get you exclusive BB T-Shirts and laptop bag. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is sold outright at RM1,488 while the Curve 9360 and 9380 are priced at RM1,166.
The 50% promo is valid if you purchase any original BlackBerry accessories. Each customer is limited to 2 pairs (4 smart phones). The free items offered is available while stocks last. Head over to Booth #C02 to grab yours.
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Retailing for RM1,488 the Bold 9790 can be purchased for as little as RM1,090 on a 24-months contract with Maxis.
If Maxis is not the operator for you, U Mobile has mentioned that will also offer the the Bold 9790 and is scheduled make its Bold 9790 plans available to the public starting December 5, onwards.
In addition, Maxis has also started offering the Curve 9360 which can be had for as low as RM690
For full details on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9360 plans from Maxis head over here. Plan details after the break.
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While the flagship BlackBerry Bold 9900 is getting the limelight, the older Bold 97XX series is getting a refreshed as well. Above is a clear shot of the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9790 which is said to be having Bold 9900’s hardware such as a 1.2GHz processor, a touch screen, 5MP camera, NFC and 8GB of storage.
Last month, RIM themselves have announced the existence of such model in their development blog. From the pic above, there’s a slight difference with the main buttons and it appears to be individually raised like the ones seen on the Torch 9860.
No launch dates have been officially announced but rumour suggests that it will be officially revealed sometime this month. The Bold 9790 might be the next Blackberry for those that prefer the existing Bold 9780 size and design.
U Mobile have been slashing its prepaid BlackBerry rates quite regularly. Not too long ago, they have reduced their daily BlackBerry daily subscription to RM0.88/day. Now they have also reduced their weekly and monthly subscription to RM5.50/week and RM19/month.
This is among the cheapest and the plans include additional data usage such as video streaming. As comparison, Tune Talk charges RM0.98/daily or RM28/monthly but their additional data usage is charged at 5sen/MB.
For more information, head to U Mobile’s BlackBerry Prepaid page.
The biggest buzz around the BlackBerry camp all weekend is this mysterious device known only as the BlackBerry R47 (aka 9980 aka codename “Knight”). The R47 is apparently a ultra-premium smartphone created by Porsche Design based on the BlackBerry Bold 9900.
Porsche Design is a design studio owned by Porsche that specialises in limited edition premium lifestyle products and accessories that are imbued with the Porsche design DNA.
At the moment very little (nothing confirmed) is known about the device save for what can be deduced from the allegedly leaked pictures that first surfaced on a Chinese-based website www.maxpda.com.
So far, it appears that the R47 has virtually identical internals as the Bold 9900 including the touchscreen, NFC and BlackBerry 7 OS. Also, the device looks to be thinner than the 9900 and the keyboard looks like it would not be as comfortable to use.
Right now nothing is confirmed and the R47 is still shrouded in mystery. But if it is indeed true that an ultra-premium radically-designed limited edition Bold 9900-based smartphone is in the works, we seriously wonder what sense would it make when the presumably cheaper mass-market Bold 9900 will essentially offer the same features and performance.
What do you think?
More pictures of the mysterious R47 after the jump.
For those who are into DIY, here’s a teardown video of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Instead of the usual iFixit, this teardown is brought to you by DirectFix. The video shows you step by step directions from dismantling the screen and other parts as well as putting them back together.
Obviously dismantling your brand new Bold 9900 would void your warranty but it serves as a good repair guide for situations that are not covered under warranty.
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BlackBerry users, it’s time to sell-off/give away your old Blackberrys and start saving up for the Bold 9900. It’s official, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will hit stores September
19 15 and here’s the best part, you don’t need to sign for a contract with a telco to purchase one.
On launch day, the Bold 9900 will be available for purchase from authorised dealers outright, however there’s no word on pricing yet at the moment.
If you’re still keen to get the Bold 9900 with a contract, Celcom, DiGi and Maxis, have already opened registrations of interest. We’re expecting U Mobile to offer the device soon as well. Three telcos opening ROI simultaneously for the same device, this is something you don’t see very often.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the first Bold to feature a touchscreen interface and it is quite possibly the best Bold ever. At 10.5mm thin, it’s definitely the thinnest Bold ever. In fact, the 9900 is the thinnest and most powerful smartphone BlackBerry has ever produced with a much improved BlackBerry 7 OS, a 1GHz processor, 8GB of on-board memory, NFC support and a 5MP camera with 720p video recording capability that’s the best we’ve seen on a BlackBerry device.
If there’s only one BlackBerry that we can recommend to you, this is it.
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The anticipated BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also coming to DiGi. Today they have commenced registration of interest for those wish to be the first to know when it is available.
Earlier this week, Maxis too has started its BlackBerry Bold 9900 ROI. Based on past experience, ROI doesn’t necessary mean they would be the first to launch. Who knows Celcom or even U Mobile might make the first move to offer it in Malaysia.
To pre-register, head over to DiGi’s page.
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