BlackBerry Z10, the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, launched in Malaysia on February 20th, 2013. Here is the information you need to know about Z10’s specs, features, price and availability in Malaysia.
BlackBerry Z10 Specs
The 4.2-inch touchscreen (1280×768) smartphone is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, with microSD slot support up to 64GB cards. Running BlackBerry 10 operating system. 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. There’s also a microHDMI out port for presentation, NFC for mobile payments and file exchange.
Z10 Features & Hands-on
Z10 build quality is good, though not full metal. Remove the plastic back cover to reveal the battery and microSD slot.
No menu button. Z10 is designed for touchscreen gestures. Apps opening, closing, switching can be done with one hand one thumb gestures. Apps are running in 100% fullscreen.
The performance is good. I didn’t notice any sluggish while app launching and switching. However, I have difficulty to active the close app gesture by swiping up bottom edge of display. I guess it needs some practices.
The BlackBerry Hub is a convenient feature to have a glance of all app notifications and messages.
The virtual keyboard learns the words you use and how you use them so you can type faster and more accurately, according to BlackBerry.
The famous BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) now not only allows you to send free text messages but also make voice and video calls, as well as “screen share” feature during video call.
The Z10 camera app, like what we have seen on other smartphones, has a “Time Shift” feature allows you to choose the best moment of a shot. You tap in the camera app to take a picture. To focus an area, you tap & hold, release then tap again to take a shot.
Price and availability
BlackBerry Z10 retail price is RM2,188 (~USD$706), available in Black and White colours. 3 Malaysia telcos will carry the smartphone with plans. Maxis is the first, available on 9th March, with pre-registration started. Z10 will be available from DiGi and Celcom on 8th April, 1 month after Maxis.
Trade up program
Good news for existing BlackBerry users. You can trade in old BlackBerry smartphone and receive a rebate up to RM480 per device when buying a new BlackBerry Z10.
Here is the trade in pricing available for the first 3000 units:
- BlackBerry Curve 8520: RM255
- BlackBerry Curve 9300: RM270
- BlackBerry Bold 900: RM125
- BlackBerry Bold 9700: RM285
- BlackBerry Bold 9780: RM330
- BlackBerry Bold 9900: RM485
You need to submit your details to obtain a voucher first. Visit BlackBerry Malaysia Facebook page for more information (yet available when editing).
Z10 is a full touchscreen smartphone. Many BlackBerry loyal fans would still prefer a smartphone with physical keyboard — BlackBerry Q10.
We know that Q10 will be available after Z10. But BlackBerry Malaysia did not mention anything about Q10 at the event. I will update you once receive more information.