BlackBerry Q10 in Malaysia: Price, Specs and Release Date

Model uses BlackBerry Q10 camera
BlackBerry Q10 models
BlackBerry Q10 models

BlackBerry Q10, the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone with QWERTY keyboard, will be available in Malaysia on May 15, 2013 by Celcom and Maxis. The retail price is RM2388. Read on to find out Q10 specs, features and photos.

BlackBerry Q10 vs Z10: Specs and Features

Model uses BlackBerry Q10 camera
Model uses BlackBerry Q10 camera

BlackBerry Q10 has a squre 3.1-inch (720×720 pixels) touch display, the largest ever on BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone.

Q10 specs is similar to Z10: Both are powered by dual core 1.5 GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card support, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, micro HDMI output port, support NFC…

Its 2100mAh removable battery is higher capacity than Z10’s 1800mAh. Also, BlackBerry Q10 is a 4G smartphone that support quad band LTE: 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz. Yes, it supports Malaysia 4G LTE (2600MHz)!

BlackBerry Z10 has LTE version too, but the Malaysia’s Z10 launched previously is a 3G version.

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BlackBerry 10

Like Z10, BlackBerry Q10 is running BlackBerry 10 operating system with unique features such as:

  • BlackBerry Hub: one swipe to access all conversations in one easy to manage place.
  • BlackBerry Balance: separates and secures work apps and data from personal content.
  • BBM: free messaging with your contacts, support voice calling, video chat, and screen sharing.
  • BlackBerry Remember: collect and organize data (photos, lists, messages, links) in one place.

Gallery: BlackBerry Q10 Black

Here are Q10 product photos (click to enlarge):

Price and Availability

BlackBerry Q10 is available in two colours: Black and White. The Q10’s recommended retail price is RM2388. Q10 will be available in Celcom and Maxis Malaysia on May 15, 2013. Celcom will start taking pre-order from May 8, 2013.

Visit BlackBerry for more information.

Celcom 4G LTE Data Plan Launched with Usain Bolt as Icon

Celcom 4G LTE icon is Usain Bolt
Celcom 4G LTE icon is Usain Bolt
Celcom 4G LTE icon is Usain Bolt

When Celcom announced the Celcom Experience Hubs for Celcom 4G LTE, we were expecting the super fast wireless broadband service launch in February 2013.

Finally, Celcom 4G LTE service launch on 23 April 2013 with data only plan but it has wider network coverage area than its competitor – Maxis 4G LTE.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, is Celcom’s latest icon to represent the “Celcom’s Fastest Territory” campaign and Celcom 4G LTE.

Malaysians will be able to see the man though Celcom advertisements on major TV channels and news dailies. So far, no sign of Usain Bolt’s plan to visit Malaysia.

Here is the Celcom TV commercial with Usain Bolt:

Usain Bolt, nickname “Lighting Bolt”, is currently holding both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records, as well as world record in 4×100 metres relay with his teammates. Visit his wikipedia page to know more.

Enough of Usain Bolt, now back to real business. Let’s talk about Celcom 4G LTE service, shall me? :)

Celcom 4G LTE data plan

For the initial launch, Celcom 4G LTE service will be data only and ride on the 2600MHz spectrum. In the future, Celcom will support 4G smartphones, including iPhone 5.

Celcom 4G LTE data plan
Celcom 4G LTE data plan

Currently, Celcom First Data Pro (RM138/month) is the first and the only Celcom 4G LTE plan. Speed up to 50Mbps and monthly data volume is 10GB.

4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) average speed is 10 times faster than 3G connection, the average speed is up to 50 Mbps.

Celcom 4G LTE promotion
Celcom 4G LTE promotion

The first 1000 customers can get Celcom 4G LTE modem and receive 3 months free subscription for only RM199. Interested customers can sign up at Blue Cube Sunway, BlueCube Pavilion and Blue Cube Menara Celcom.

Huawei 4G LTE dongle
Huawei 4G LTE dongle

Celcom 4G LTE network coverage

Despite the first service launch, Celcom 4G LTE network already cover the Central, Northern  and Southern of Peninsular Malaysia: Klang Valley, Selangor, Perak, Pulau Pinang, Melaka, and Johor.

Friends in Sabah and Sarawak still have to wait… Click here to check the latest Celcom 4G LTE coverage areas.

Source: Celcom

BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone in Malaysia: Price, Features, Specs, Hands-on and More

BlackBerry Z10 (front)

Girl with BlackBerry Z10 (white)

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

BlackBerry Z10 black and white
BlackBerry Z10 black and white

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

BlackBerry Z10 (front)
BlackBerry Z10 (front)

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.

BlackBerry Z10 (back)
BlackBerry Z10 (back)

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.

BlackBerry Z10 (BlackBerry Hub)
BlackBerry Z10 (BlackBerry Hub)

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).

UPDATE 19/3: List of BlackBerry Z10 Roadshows with BB Trade Up Program in Malaysia

BlackBerry Q10?

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.

➤ BlackBerry Z10

Confirmed: Maxis will Support iPhone 5 4G LTE 1800Mhz in 2013

List of 4G smartphones supported by Maxis

[box type=”info”]Update (April 9, 2013): Apple lists Maxis as supported 4G LTE network![/box]

Malaysia Maxis telco confirmed that it will support 4G LTE 1800MHz spectrum in first 6 months in 2013, and revealed a list of supported 4G smartphones, including iPhone 5.

Maxis launched Malaysia’s first 4G LTE service on January 1st, 2013. However, due to the MCMC license, it is only available at 2600Mhz spectrum. It does not support LTE smartphones that support 1800Mhz spectrum, such as Apple iPhone 5. It disappointed new iPhone 5 owners because 4G LTE support is one of the iPhone 5 features.

In the recent Maxis Get-Together Session, Mark Dioguardi, Maxis Joint Chief Operating Officer, revealed that Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the next 6 months. Meaning, your iPhone 5 can use Maxis 4G network in 2013.

Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the first 6 months in 2013. 

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Celcom Offer Samsung ATIV Smart PC Windows 8 Tablet with 3G

Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Celcom offer Samsung ATIV Smart PC, the Samsung’s first Windows 8 3G tablet. Visit Blue Cube Sunway Iconic on 25 January 2013 to receive Celcom exclusive offers including Liquipel vouchers and Samsung Keyboard Dock & Pouch.

Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a Windows 8 tablet that support 3G connectivity. Meaning, you can run full Windows desktop software such as Microsoft Office suite on the tablet; support  USB “plug and play” to PC peripherals such as printer; Access Internet on-the-go using 3G data connection.

In short, Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a full Windows 8 computer in tablet size that closes the gap between work and leisure.

Now, let’s learn about the hardware specs of the Windows 8 tablet. Samsung ATIV Smart PC is powered by Intel Atom processor for a balance in between processing power and battery life. The 11.6-inch touchscreen display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.  It has 2GB RAM and 64GB storage space, support Micro SD. The build-in 30WH battery provides battery life up to 10 hours continuous video playback.

You would be delighted to find that Samsung ATIV Smart PC has a 8 MegaPixel (MP) rear camera to take photos and then edit & upload them all on the tablet, as well as a 2MP front camera for video conference calls.

For connectivity, ATIV Smart PC supports WiFi (802.11 n/g/b/a), Bluetooth 4.0, and 3G/4G LTE. It also has a USB2.0 port and mini HDMI for data input/output.

Like Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung ATIV Smart PC includes a S-Pen & S-note for note taking and easily add remarks on documents. It’s convenience! When you need to do a lot of typing (that’s me!), a magnetic keyboard dock instantly turn the tablet into a 11.6-inch notebook.

Samsung ATIV Smart PC retail price is RM2499 (~USD833) in Malaysia. With Celcom First Data plan, you can get it from RM1,758. Read on for the details.

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Buy Samsung ATIV Smart PC with Celcom First Data

Since ATIV Smart PC supports 3G connectivity, it would be a good idea to subscribe a data plan for it. Celcom now offer Samsung ATIV Smart PC from RM1758 with Celcom First Data + Voice plans. The Celcom First Data + Voice plan start from RM48. Celcom has the widest network coverage in Malaysia and offer best network quality for messaging, calls, web surfing, etc.

Check out Celcom Samsung ATIV Smart PC plans in the table below:

Celcom Samsung ATIV Smart plans
Celcom Samsung ATIV Smart plans

Celcom exclusive offer

Are you interested to buy Samsung ATIV Smart PC? Visit Blue Cube Sunway Iconic on 25 January 2013 for Celcom exclusive offers. The first 200 customers who sign up with any Celcom First Data plan will receive Liquipel,  water safe nano-coating, service voucher worth RM90. The first 30 customers will get FREE Samsung Keyboard Dock & Pouch worth RM550.

Visit Celcom website for more information.

*This post is sponsored by Celcom