BlackBerry Passport in Malaysia: Features, Specs, Price

BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry Passport, the company’s 2014 flagship smartphone, is now available in Malaysia. BlackBerry Passport features a 4.5-inch square (1:1 ratio) display and new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard.

After the all touchscreen BlackBerry Z30 last year, BlackBerry Passport is no longer following the common smartphone design in the market. It is square shape.

BlackBerry Passport’s 4.5-inch display has 1440 x 1440 pixels (453 ppi) covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The wider display allows you to see more content in width, without rotating your phone. You will see full desktop version of websites, view more map details, and view more columns in documents.

BlackBerry Passport design
BlackBerry Passport design

BlackBerry Passport’s physical keyboard is also touch-enabled. It responses to finger swipes to scroll web pages, move cursor and more.

Inside the square body, BlackBerry Passport is powered by a quad core 2.2 GHz processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB memory. It equipped with a 13MP OIS rear camera and 2MP front camera.

Enhanced by BlackBerry Natural Sound Technology,
BlackBerry Passport’s speakers and a quad microphone system able to deliver better call sound quality.

BlackBerry Passport has a huge 3450 mAh build-in non-removable battery. The company claims that it has up to 30 hours battery life.

BlackBerry OS 10.3

BlackBerry Passport and Porsche Design P’9983 are the first devices with pre-installed with BlackBerry OS 10.3 with new features like BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant, and Amazon Appstore.

BlackBerry Blend
BlackBerry Blend
  • BlackBerry Blend brings messages and content on BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. You will able to get notifications, BBM or text messages, access documents, calendar, contacts and media on Mac, Windows, Android and iOS devices – even when you don’t have BlackBerry phone with you.
  • BlackBerry Assistant is your personal assistant on BlackBerry (think: Siri, Google Now). It allows you to send commands through voice and text.
  • Amazon Appstore allows you to directly buy, install, and run Android apps on BlackBerry smartphone. No conversion needed. Amazon Appstore is operated by Amazon.com for its Fire devices (Android clone devices). It has fewer apps than Google Play store, the total apps is more than 240,000 in June 2014.

BlackBerry Passport specs in a pic

BlackBerry Passport Spec Sheet
BlackBerry Passport Spec Sheet

Price and Availability

BlackBerry Passport launch
L-R: Mr. Ben Quirin, Managing Director of Indochina at BlackBerry and Mr Koay Seng Tian, Product Manager at BlackBerry Malaysia flanked by models at the launch of the BlackBerry Passport in Malaysia

BlackBerry Passport will be available through BlackBerry’s authorized carrier, Celcom, from October 10, 2014; and through other partners ranging the product from November 1, 2014. BlackBerry Passport retail price in Malaysia is RM2,399.

For more information, please visit BlackBerry.com/Passport

BBM for Android & iPhone: Download Now, then Wait in Queue to Start Using

BBM for Android and iPhone
BBM for Android and iPhone
BBM for Android and iPhone

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is now available for Android and iOS mobile platforms in Google Play, App Store, and selected Samsung App Stores.

On 21st Oct 2013, BlackBerry announced that it has officially resume rollout of BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone around the globe.

You will see BBM in Google Play, App Store and in select Samsung App Stores. Yes, BBM is free to download.

However, BlackBerry is implementing a queuing system for those who are interested to install BBM on Android or iPhone:

  1. Visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser to download BBM.
  2. Install and open BBM app and enter your email address to hold your spot in line.
  3. BlackBerry will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM.
BBM line-up
BBM line-up

Good news. If you are one of the millions who previously signed up for information about BBM at BBM.com, you can start using BBM immediately without waiting in line.

Innitially, the launch dates for BBM for Android and BBM for iOS is September 21 and 22, respectively. BlackBerry is 1-month late.

BBM for iOS was released in Malaysia last month but was quickly halted due to demand strain on its servers, and then delayed BBM for Android launch.

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BlackBerry Q5 Price and Availability in Malaysia

Models with BlackBerry Q5
Models with BlackBerry Q5
Models with BlackBerry Q5

BlackBerry Q5 will be available in Malaysia beginning July 15, 2013. The recommended retail price of RM1,299. Read on for Q5 specs and how it is compared to Q10.

BlackBerry Q5 is the 2nd QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry 10 smartphone. The higher-end sibling is BlackBerry Q10 which was released in May 2013. Q5 is available in 3 colours – Black, White, Red. The pink Q5 is missing for Malaysian. See pink BlackBerry Q5 picture in this article.

Annamalai Muthu, Managing Director for Malaysia at BlackBerry said, “Malaysia is a key market for us and we are excited to bring the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone here. We believe that the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will offer a great experience to customers who want to have the power of BlackBerry 10 with a QWERTY keyboard in a stylish youthful design, and available in three stunning colours.”

BlackBerry Q5 specs

Here is the BlackBerry Q5 official specs in Malaysia:

  • Processor: Dual Core 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, support microSD card up to 32GB
  • Display: 3.1-inch IPS LCD display, 720×720 resolution at 329 PPI
  • Camera: 5MP rear facing camera and 2MB front facing camera
  • Software: BlackBerry 10.1 Operating System
  • Connectivity: GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE, HSPA+
  • Battery: 2180 mAh (up to 9 hours video playback or 12.5 hours talk time)
  • Weight: 120 gram

Compare BlackBerry Q5 vs Q10

BlackBerry Q5 Black White Red
BlackBerry Q5 Black White Red

Though both are BlackBerry 10 QWERTY smartphones, BlackBerry Q10 is more advance than Q5 as listed below:

[table caption=“Compare BlackBerry Q5 vs Q10” colalign=“left|center|center” trim=“true”]
, BlackBerry Q5, BlackBerry Q10
Processor, Dual Core 1.2 GHz, Dual Core 1.5 GHz
Storage, 8GB, 16GB
Rear Camera, 5 MP, 8 MP
microHDMI, No, Yes
Display, IPS LCD, Super AMOLED
Battery, 2180 mAh, 2100 mAh (removable)
Price, RM1299, RM2388
[/table]

Video: Explore the new BlackBerry Q5

 

Price and Availability

BlackBerry Q5 recommended retail price is RM1299, available in Malaysia beginning July 15, 2013. Malaysia telcos – Maxis, Celcom, Tune Talk, and U Mobile – to offer BlackBerry Q5 with contracts.

➤ BlackBerry Q5

BlackBerry Q5 Mobile: Low-cost QWERTY BB10 Smartphone

BlackBerry Q5 in Black, White, Red, Pink
BlackBerry Q5 in Black, White, Red, Pink
BlackBerry Q5 in Black, White, Red, Pink (click to enlarge)

BlackBerry Q5 mobile is the 2nd QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry 10 smartphone. It is available in Black, White, Red and Pink. Available in selected markets in July 2013. (Tweet This)

“The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is for youthful fans that are passionate, confident and bold, and it makes it easy for them to have fun, create, share and stay connected.” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry

BlackBerry Q5 specs

BlackBerry Q5 Red (left) and Q5 Pink (right)
BlackBerry Q5 Red (left) and Q5 Pink (right) (clcik to enlarge)

BlackBerry Q5 features a 3.1-inch 720×720 pixels touchscreen display and a physical QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys. It is powered by Dual Core 1.2 GHz processor and 2GB RAM. The internal storage is 8GB, support microSD card up to 32GB.

Q5 equipped with 5MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front camera. Support WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. For selected models, Q5 support NFC and 4G LTE. No HDMI output.

BlackBerry Q5 weights 120 gram with build-in non-removable 2180 mAh battery.

Q5 vs Q10

Based on the specs, we know that BlackBerry Q5 is the low-cost version of BlackBerry Q10 (1st BB10 QWERTY smartphone). Q10 has a faster dual core 1.5 GHz processor, double storage space (16GB) and support 64GB microSD cards. Also, Q10 equiped with 8MP rear camera and support microHDMI output.

Even though both Q10 and Q5 display is 3.1-inch with 720×720 pixels resolution, Q10’s Super AMOLED screen gives better picture than Q5’s IPS LCD.

Q10’s 2100 mAh battery is removable that you can swap it out with a back-up battery pack when battery run low.

BlackBerry Q5 price and release date

BlackBerry Q5 will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin Ameria. The release date expected in the early July 2013. Though no official price yet, we know Q5 will be much cheaper than Q10 (RM2388 in Malaysia).

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BlackBerry to Release BBM for Android and iOS (iPhone/iPad)

BBM for Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad)
BBM for Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad)
BBM for Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad) (image by: fonearena)

Soon, you can text your BlackBerry friends using BBM for iOS and Android. (Tweet This)

During the BlackBerry Live event in Orlando, Florida, BlackBerry announced their plan to make BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) available to competitive mobile platforms in Summer 2013.

About BBM

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is the default instant messenger for BlackBerry devices using BlackBerry PIN. It can send messages, group chat, pictures, files, audio recording, voice call (video calls for BlackBerry 10), etc over the WiFi or mobile network.

BBM now has more than 60 million monthly active users who send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day.

BBM for Android and iOS

Upon release of BBM for Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad), BBM users would be able to connect with their family, friends, colleagues on BlackBerry, iOS and Android platforms. The invites are two-way opt-in to control who can add you.

Users can add BBM contacts through PIN, Email, SMS or QR code scan, as well as connect using compatible NFC-capable smartphone (BlackBerry and Android).

If approved by Apple App Store and Google Play, BBM will be available as a free download and support iOS 6 and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher.

Sign up here to be notified when BBM is available on iOS and Android.