Just when everyone thought that a keypad phone has become a thing of the past, the Canadian smart phone producer took them by surprise with the Passport, which mingles the finest of touch & keypad into a single gadget. However having a price of 50k it was still quite expensive. The Blackberry Classic, which the company has released recently, is company’s solution for all the people who has always wished for a keypad-based phone but could not afford expensive. The Blackberry Classic is impressive due to its suave appearance, solid make & mouth-watering specs and also reminds us that a keypad was not that bad after all.
It’s whole thing ranging from its colour to its solid make with a frame of stainless steel as well as design was appreciated. This phone is powered by a dual core Qualcomm 8960 processor of 1.5 GHz, has DDR2 RAM of 2GB , has 720×720,3.5-inch screen having 294ppi pixel density, has in-built storage of 16 GB and a MicroSD slot that’s capable of supporting a maximum of 128 GB added storage. As far as connectivity is concerned, it does get Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, 2G, & LTE (4G), micro USB port & WiFi supporting video output.
It was teased by John Chen, CEO of Blackberry in the month of December that first Foxconn manufactured Blackberry Smartphone will have a low price tag and will be codenamed ‘Jakarta’. Even though, the new device had been quite successful in avoiding leaky spotlights within the months that followed but that has changed recently with possible specification list and product renders appearance.
Images of Blackberry Jakarta have been posted by N4BB and expected to arrive in the market with the name “Blackberry Z3”. The renders clearly show that the device will feature a square design along with rear and front cameras as well as red notification LED. Backside of Blackberry Z3 will sport a dotted texture and convenience key, volume controls and power button will all be located towards the left side of the device.
Some of the specifications shared by BBin include 960 x 540p five inch screen, 1.1Mp front camera and 5MP rear cameras, 1.5GB RAM, 2650mAh battery, dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 8GB storage.
This entry-level 3G device will be aimed towards emerging markets and rumors state that introduction of the device will take place at MWC 2014. If at all the device is introduced in MWC 2014 then, there is a chance that shipping of the device will start from the month of March or April.
Verizon had announced last month that it would be launching its version of BlackBerry Z30 in the coming months. According to sources and forums related to Verizon the confirmed date for the launch of BlackBerry Z30 is October 31.
The final price of the device has not been confirmed. One part of the company listed the device to be priced at $299 while other sources say that the Z30 is going to be priced $199 on contact. For now the consumers still need to wait to get a final price tag.
Verizon has not officially finalized the date of launch. October 31 falls on the coming Thursday and most of the forums related to Verizon show this to be the rumoured date of launch of the device.
For now BlackBerry fans need to wait for the official statement from Verizon. This device will be featuring 5 inch Super AMOLED HD display and a quad core chipset. There is the inclusion of an audio boost feature and BlackBerry is calling it “Natural Boost.” It runs on the latest version of BlackBerry and a decent battery size of 2,880mAH.
A loss of nearly $1bn was reported by BlackBerry recently in its Q2 fiscal results. Blaming its unsold BlackBerry Z10, the company has now started selling this model along with the BlackBerry Q10 from its own site directly so as to get rid of the inventory.
BlackBerry Z10 will be setting back the customers by $449 while the Q10 will be coming with a price-tag of $549, with both available in white and black colours.
The price of the Z10 was not reduced by the company despite suffering such major losses during this said time period. Interestingly, BlackBerry is not selling its recently announced Q5 or Z30 from its website.
The Z10 features a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a display of 4.2 inch, internal storage of 16GB (with memory card slot), 2GB of RAM, a rear camera of 8 megapixel, 1800 mAH battery and will be running the BlackBerry 10 OS.
Priced a bit higher, the Q10 features a Super AMOLED display of 3.1 inch, a QWERTY keyboard, Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 8-megapixel camera, internal storage of 16GB, 2100 mAh battery and will be running the BlackBerry 10 OS as well.
As of now, the smartphones are available only in the US.
The year’s biggest event for BlackBerry met with a disheartening and unexpected end this weekend when the company began to experience trouble before rolling out its much hyped BBM apps for iOS and Android.
The trouble was caused by the company’s unreleased Android app that got leaked much before its scheduled launch.
Within 8 hours, this official version was downloaded 1.1mn times but kept the company “busy” in trying to resolve the issue. BlackBerry pause of the iOS rollout and the Android launch is still in shady waters, while it has disabled the unofficial version for good.
Meanwhile, iOS users who have downloaded the app already in their iPhone will continue using it, while those having the leaked version in their Android phone will see them to expire shortly. Amidst all this, BlackBerry has promised that it will be keeping its users updated with any kind of move from the company’s front regarding the “second” official launch.
By installing an APK, over a million Android users started using the app when BlackBerry kept delaying the official launch without giving any valid reason behind it. The app’s Android version was supposed to roll out at 4:30 PM IST on Saturday and the iOS app at 12:01 AM globally.
BlackBerry has announced its latest device named Z30. It is being hyped as the biggest, fastest and the most sophisticated smartphone produced by the company.
It also claims to have been installed with the largest battery any smartphone has incorporated to date. The phone is said to have 5-inch super AMOLED display and is run by BlackBerry OS 10.2 which features numerous refinements and addition of several new features that can enhance the user experience.
BlackBerry Priority Hub is one of the newly added features. It can manage all the notifications and conversations of users simultaneously as well as it can memorize contacts and the kind of conversations that are important to users. This makes figuring out required information and messages easier for users. It can also collect priority messages through emails, social networks and other accounts to provide instant access to important conversations.
Besides, users can BBM in any application as well as they can check message previews irrespective of the application that is currently being used. The messages can be dismissed to continue work on the application or they can be tapped to for the full content. Moreover, response to messages can be made instantly without leaving the application.
BlackBerry Z30 will be released through selected retailers in the Middle East and the UK next week and to the rest of the world during the festive season.
AT&T is going to launch its new BlackBerry Z10 in US on 22nd March 2013. According to AT&T, the handset will be available on a two-year contract, at a price of $199.99.
The company has launched the said model – a flagship touch screen Smartphone in January and started with sales in Canada and UK.
BlackBerry Chief Executive Thorsten Heins said earlier that they were disappointed as the handset would not be released until Mid-March in US. He also said that the phone carriers of US have a rigid testing system.
On Monday the shares of BlackBerry on NASDAQ raised $1.84 with the news of collaboration with AT&T.
According to analysts, BlackBerry Z10s sales are going well in developing markets including India but US release may go against Samsung’s next Galaxy Smartphone that is expected for a release on Thursday.
The BlackBerry Z10 will also be available on T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless. Sprint is slated to sell RIM’s iconic QWERTY keyboard – the BlackBerry Q10. The Q10 may be launched a month after the Z10.
Canada based Electronics Giant BlackBerry has decided not to launch its latest Smartphones in Japan.
The Wall Street Journal cited a spokeswoman who confirmed the news for BlackBerry.
According to a report from the Nikkei Business Daily, BlackBerry is not going to sell BB 10 Series in the country, which is hoping its latest models will change global fortunes.
The report, without naming the sources, said that BlackBerry’s share in Japanese market has come down from about 5 per cent to 0.3 percent in the past with the number of sales just in thousands.
By the reducing share in Japanese market it is evident that the company felt it too expensive to develop a Japanese language version of OS.
The company said that it has no plans to launch BB 10 in Japan, as it is not a major market for it. It also said that it will continue its support with its customers in Japan.
BlackBerry has launched its much awaited latest BlackBerry Z10 yesterday at a press event confirming the rumors to be true. The company has revealed the availability as well as pricing of the handset. The device will be available at all major markets including Canada, UK and UAE.
BlackBerry Z10 features include a 4.2-inch LCD display with 1280×768 pixel WXGA HD resolution at 355 pixels per inch. It is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and has 8 mega pixel rear camera and 2 mega pixel front camera. It has 16 GB of storage along with a MicroSD slot for storage expansion. It has MicroUSB, Micro HDMI and support for near-field communications.
BlackBerry Z10 will be available in UK from tomorrow on Pay as you Go plans and pay monthly contracts from BT, EE, OS, Phones 4u, Vodafone, 3UK and Carphone Warehouse.
The Carphone Warehouse offers Z10 free on contracts of $56.79 per month on major networks. Vodafone offers the handset for $45.74 on the $66.25 monthly rental plan including unlimited calls and texts along with 2GB Internet. The device is at free of cost for $74.14 monthly plan or $108.84 one-time payment on $58.36 monthly plan.
EE charges are $78.87 for the BlackBerry Z10 on a $64.67 per month on a 2 year contract. The plan offers unlimited UK calls and texts along with 1GB of mobile data.
The BlackBerry Z10 will be available for sales starting 5th February 2013 in Canada and 10th February 2013 in the UAE, at $149.99 on a 3 year contract and at an unsubsidized price of $707.69 respectively. Although the smartphone is expected to be available in US in March customers can start pre-booking their BlackBerry from today. Verizon has already revealed the availability of device for $200 with a two-year contract.
Tinh Te, a Vietnamese site revealed the leaked pictures of what is expected to be the next generation Blackberry Smartphone Black Berry 10. The Engadget first speckled the leak. From the pictures it looks like an L-Series model which has been leaked a few times earlier. The company is planning to launch BB10 at the global launch event on 30th January, 2013.
The BB10 is based on current Dev Beta hardware. It has the new platform’s capacity to multitask and flawlessly find all communications for any contact, which RIM probably may point out as a key strength.
As of now it is unofficial and there is not much information available from the company regarding its features and price. But based on the images it is assumed that BB10 is a touch screen Smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. It has a dual-core processor along with GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in terms of connectivity.
It has a textured back panel and has a removable 1800mAh battery and microSD card slot. The power button is located in the centre on the top edge next to headphone jack. On the left side, the phone has a HDMI port and a Micro USB including a microphone. It sports both front and rear cameras with a flash.
Experts say that BB10 has moderate chances to rule the market. They also say that it could have made a lot of difference if launched 2 years back.