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BlackBerry 10 not getting the Google Play Store after all

BlackBerry Z10 Play Store

BlackBerry Z10 Play Store

Earlier this week, we saw a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone featuring the Google Play Store, indicating at future compatibility with the Android app hub. However, the folks at BlackBerry have rejected these claims and reiterated that the BlackBerry World remains the platform’s sole source of applications. Below is the full statement issued by the company –

There is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create great apps on any of the development platforms we support.

This is a little disappointing for BlackBerry users as the platform could really help from a boost like this. But it seems like what we saw earlier this week was merely Photoshop trickery or an unofficial port. It was originally rumored that BlackBerry was bringing the Play Store to BB devices with the BlackBerry 10.2.1 update, but this official statement has pretty much put a rest to all those rumors.

Source: CrackBerry

Via: Android Central

LG G2 vs. flagship smartphones

This is our LG G2 vs. flagship smartphones comparison, a side-by-side assessment of how the new LG smartphone stacks up against the competition in terms of its specifications. In particular, we are comparing the specifications of the LG G2 with those of the Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, and the Nokia Lumia 1020. For easy reference, we have organized the information in a chart.

LG G2 vs. flagship smartphones
LG G2 vs. flagship smartphones

Throughout the launch, LG emphasized that its new smartphone is the result of what the company has learned from its users. Such information was used in the various aspects of the LG G2. These include the design, display, camera, sound, and UX.

Design

LG claims that it has put a premium on the design of the G2. It says that despite the fact that humans hands are generally not getting bigger, smartphones are. This causes frequent smartphone drops that are a result of poor design. To address this, LG designed the G2 to allow for easy handling regardless of which hand holds the device.

Basing its decisions on research, it strived to create an ergonomic device that allows for easy access to the camera, features like QuickMemo, as well as the volume and power button. Consistent with this principle, it designed the device with very thin bezels measuring only 0.1 inch or 2.54 mm. By comparison, the Pantech Vega Iron, which was announced last April, claims to have 2.44 mm bezels, or 10 mm less than the measurement of the LG G2’s bezels. Earlier, a photo showing the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 side by side clearly showed the difference in the sizes of the bezels of the two devices.

Design, of course, is subjective, and it is difficult to say which among the smartphones has the best design. Suffice it to say that each manufacturer has a different idea of what consumers want. For instance, with the Moto X, the focus was on customization. With the LG G2, it appears to be comfort and ease of use.

Processor

The LG G2 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. LG promises that this will ensure excellent performance. It offers fast speeds, a long battery life, support for 4G LTE Advanced, and premium graphics.

As Adrian previously reported, there are currently only two other smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors. These are the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The LG G2 should provide some competition against these two devices, which reportedly show high scores in benchmark tests. LG’s advantage over these two is its global availability. In the United States, the smartphone will be available from the four major carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. AA total of around 100 carriers are eventually expected to offer the G2. Apart from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the LG G2 also comes with 2GB of RAM as well as dedicated memory for graphics. This is another first for LG, as CNET points out.

Camera

LG claims that the G2 has the first 13 MP camera in the world to feature optical image stabilization. Previously, this feature was only common for cameras with around 4 to 8 MP. The result is a camera that allegedly prevents blurred shots even in low lighting conditions or when the subject is in motion. There are different shooting modes available as well as 8X digital zoom. It may be premature to make judgments simply based on LG’s claims, but until actual photos are compared, LG’s main camera does seem pretty powerful.

Display

The LG G2 has a 5.2-inch display. This is larger than the 4.7-inch display of the LG Optimus G from 2012. This is also larger than the display of the Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, and the Nokia Lumia 1020. In terms of pixel density, it has 424 ppi, which is lower than that offered by the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z.

Battery

The LG G2 packs a massive battery with a capacity of 3,000mAh. This could potentially beat all the others in the group, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 which supposedly has a long battery life. Of course, actual battery tests would need to be performed to see which really lasts the longest.

Don’t forget to check out David’s report on the launch of the LG G2.

via engadget, cnet

Moto X versus flagship smartphones

In a battle between Moto X versus flagship smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10 and Nokia Lumia 1020, which handset would emerge as the one with the best technical specifications? We have compiled the data into a table for easy reference.

Moto X versus flagship smartphones
Moto X versus flagship smartphones

Display

If a smartphone with a premium-quality display is your priority, the Moto X may not be your best bet. The Moto X has a 720p display, which is easily beaten by the 1080p displays of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Sony Xperia Z. However, if you are looking for a smartphone with a large display in which you can enjoy videos or games, the Moto X may not be such a bad choice. Measuring 4.7 inches, the Moto X is only slightly smaller than the 5-inch displays of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z. It is also the same size as the HTC One, and larger than the Nokia Lumia 1020, Blackberry Z10, and the smallest among the group, the Apple iPhone 5.

Processor

The processor on the Moto X is not all that impressive. In the group, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, both featuring a great combination of Snapdragon 600 and Adreno 320, have been shown to produce much better benchmark results. Although the question of how accurate and truthful these benchmark tests are have been recently raised, the HTC and Samsung Galaxy S4 are still generally considered to have better CPUs than the Moto X. On the other hand, the Xperia Z has a more inferior processor and GPU combination. When tested, the Sony flagship smartphone supposedly had similar results with those from the Moto X. Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 5 also does not provide a very good processor, either, notwithstanding the contention that it does not require one because it runs on iOS. However, just considering the numbers, the processor of the Moto X beats the Apple iPhone 5.

Camera

The Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 appear to have pretty good cameras, based on the figures as well as reviews. Compared to these, somehow the 10MP camera of the Moto X does not seem to be a good match. Thus, if you intend to take a lot of photos with your smartphone, you would probably be better off skipping the Moto X.

Battery

Motorola contends that the battery of the Moto X, which has a capacity of 2200 mAh, is able to last for 24 hours of general use. That will be difficult to top for these flagship handsets. It is worth noting, however, that the Samsung Galaxy S4 reportedly has a long-lasting battery, as well. More tests would need to be run to see how the Moto X stacks up with the competition.

Experience over specifications

Motorola has stressed again and again in the past that the focus of the Moto X is on the user experience instead of the specifications. This explains why its specifications may not be as high-quality as the ones offered by the other devices. Ultimately, however, consumers decide which among these two factors they would consider to have the higher value. Some would simply prefer more high-end specifications whereas others would be content with features like customization.

Be sure to check out David’s article which details the Moto X launch. Also, take a look at Adrian’s opinion of the Moto X for more insights on the device.

Be sure to check out Adrian’s opinion on the Moto X for more insights regarding the new handset.

Samsung Galaxy S4 tops battery life test vs. iPhone, Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, Blackberry Z10

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was named as the smartphone with the best battery life in a test conducted by Which?, a UK-based phone review website.

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The 2013 Samsung Android flagship beat other flagship handsets, both in the Call Time or Number of Minutes category and Internet Use category.

In the first category, the Galaxy S4 was recorded to have 1051 minutes of call time. It was followed by the Sony Xperia Z, with 985 minutes; then by the Google Nexus 4, with 846 minutes; the HTC One, with 771 minutes; the Blackberry Z10, with 600 minutes, and lastly, the Apple iPhone 5 16GB, with 499 minutes.

In the second category, the same handset was clocked to have 405 minutes. It was succeeded by the HTC One, with 339 minutes; the Blackberry Z10, with 335 minutes; the Sony Xperia Z, with 322 minutes; the Google Nexus 4, with 308 minutes; and the Apple iPhone 5 16GB in the last place again with 261 minutes.

In terms of charging time, however, the Apple iPhone 5 16GB scored higher than any of the smartphones included in the test. The iPhone 5 had a charging time of only 141 minutes. Next is the Nokia Lumia 920, with 152 minutes; the Samsung Galaxy S4, with 164 minutes; the Blackberry Z10, with 170 minutes; the Sony Xperia Z, with 171 minutes; and the Google Nexus 4, with 211 minutes.

According to Which?, the Samsung Galaxy S4 bested the other handsets because of its 2,600mAh battery, which is able to offer at least two times the battery life of the iPhone 5. By comparison, the iPhone 5 has a battery with a lower capacity of 1440mAh. This does not allow it to store as much battery juice as the others that were tested. Nonetheless, Apple is reportedly developing a successor to the iPhone 5 which would have a better battery life.

Which? reached these results by using a phone network simulator to ensure that the signal strength does not vary duing the test. It also ensured that the brightness level on the handsets were the same. To allow each handset to perform at its optimum, it also charged the phones fully. Which? clarifies, however, that the test is only a representation. It was performed to give consumers a better idea of how each handset fares when put to the test. Actual usage of the handsets may indicate varied levels of battery life, depending on how the consumer uses the smartphone.

via justamp

BlackBerry earnings call shows 2.7 million Q10 and Z10 devices shipped

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BlackBerry recently trumpeted a profit last quarter, surprising many investors and leaving others questioning if BlackBerry could continue the success or if this was a one off.

It seems this quarter has a little more bad news, BlackBerry has had a little loss but more importantly they released numbers on devices sold. The company shipped 6.8 million devices this quarter, although only 2.7 million were BB10 devices. This is pretty bad news for BlackBerry, who are looking to go up against iOS, Android and Windows Phone. If we look at the Z10 against the Galaxy S4, Samsung grabbed 10 million sales within the first month, BlackBerry managed just under one million.

SEE ALSO: Why BlackBerry is launching BBM for Android and iOS

It seems analysts were right about stockpiles of BlackBerry Z10 devices starting to stack in Europe and the US too, with the BlackBerry Z10 plummeting in sales after the one million announcement. The Q10 has faired a little better, showing their is some life left in the keyboard smartphone, although not nearly as much as their is in Android and iOS at the moment.

Source: BGR

Deal Alert: BlackBerry Z10 Available for Just $67.49 with Verizon Contracts

We know, it’s the age of the “phablets”, the ginormous devices that blur the lines between traditional phones and what we’ve come to know as tablets. And anything with a display below 4.5 inches just won’t cut it for all you tech addicts out there.

Still, I’m pretty sure there are a few folks left that consider portability a strong point. But here’s where it all gets tricky. Trying to find a high-end-ish Android-powered petite phone by 2013 standards is like watching an Adam Sandler movie – unbearably painful.

BlackBerry Z10

But that’s the upside of being a down to earth tech aficionado and not a blind “fanboy” of a certain OS or manufacturer. You welcome diversity and competition and are willing to give anybody a second, third or fourth chance, regardless of past hiccups.

Enter BlackBerry, whose new Z10 phone is not exactly a revolutionary device, but arguably one of the best in its “weight division”. The 4.2-incher has been very recently released in the United States, and, if you felt it wasn’t attractive enough, it’s now part of an incredible promotional offer, courtesy of LogicBuy.

The online retailer sells the Z10 for a limited time only for the low, low price of $67.49. And it also throws free shipping in there to sweeten the deal. Naturally, you’ll be asked to pen a two-year contract with Verizon to qualify for the deal, but the good news is the offer addresses both new customers of the network and existing ones looking to upgrade.

Meanwhile, Big Red continues to charge $199.99 for the BlackBerry Z10 via its official website, which means you can save a whopping $132.50 by going through Logic Buy. Just remember to use the coupon code “TALKLOGIC” before checkout and try to hurry, because the deal is set to expire on April 22, which is just three days for now. Not to mention it’s likely for stocks to be exhausted early, as this is really a very lucrative promo.

The Z10 runs BlackBerry 10 OS and sports a 4.2-inch 1,280 x 768 pixels resolution display while packing a dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU under its hood. Other features include a whopping 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, an 8 MP rear cam, 4G LTE connectivity and a 1,800 mAh battery.

The phone is available in black and white, with both versions currently part of LogicBuy’s deal. Anyone thinking of getting one of these or are you going to stick with your Androids for a little while longer?

Via [Logic Buy]

Amazon Wireless Offers BlackBerry Z10 At $99 For New AT&T & Verizon Subscribers

If you still haven’t gotten a BlackBerry Z10 and are looking for an attractive deal then you might want to check out what Amazon Wireless has to offer. You will be able to get the latest flagship model of BlackBerry running on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system for only $99. That’s $100 off its original $199 price tag.  This offer is valid for new AT&T and Verizon subscribers and of course comes with a two year contract.

BlackBerry Z10

If you are an existing subscriber of any of the two networks and want to get the Z10 you will still be able to get a discount but it’s going be a smaller one. AT&T customers will be able to get the Z10 at $149.99 while Verizon subscribers can upgrade to the device for $139.99.

BlackBerry Z10 Technical Specifications

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri/quad-band UMTS/HSPA, optional 100 Mbps LTE
  • 4.2″ 16M-color WXGA (768 x 1280 pixels) capacitive touchscreen TFT
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait, 2GB RAM, Adreno 225
  • BlackBerry 10 OS
  • BlackBerry Hub
  • BBM with video chat and screen sharing
  • 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with face detection and Time Shift; LED flash, 2MP front facing camera
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps; 720p recording with front-facing camera
  • 16GB storage, microSD card slot; built-in Dropbox and Box integration
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi sync
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • standard microUSB port, microHDMI
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS

The Z10 will get an added boost later this month as the Canadian company has almost completed the first major update to the OS which is the BlackBerry OS 10.1. The update is specifically made to for the upcoming Q10’s hardware but will also apply to the Z10. A sneak peek at some of the features of this update includes an improved camera complete with HDR functions, PIN messaging and viewing files on a PC from your device using BlackBerry Link.

via amazon wireless

The Phoenix Has Risen: Blackberry Offers Its Z10 Smartphone Here In the United States

Blackberry Z10

[Photo Credit: BGR]

Blackberry, formerly known as Research in Motion (RIM), introduced its new BB Z10 just two months ago (January 2013) in an attempt to revive the dying company. The company changed its name to BlackBerry at the time in order to give the company a new image and revive its customer base. BlackBerry’s were popular phones up until around the last few years –when consumers became enamored with Apple’s iPhone and other smartphones. While the company hung on to its keyboard cell phones, other companies started manufacturing phones with virtual keyboards and touchscreens. Left out of the loop, BB finally decided to give in to the new touchscreen revolution led by the Apple Corporation and convert its beloved BB phone line into touchscreen beauties.

So far, all has gone well. In Canada, the BB Z10 has outsold the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3. Tech analysts made fun of BB’s Canada success — suggesting that BB will have to do more than just sell record phones in Canada in order to convince consumers that its newest smartphone is worth buying.

A recent study debuted within the last month that stated that there are a large number of individuals who have left both iOS and Android and are looking for a replacement OS. Where are they turning? To BlackBerry’s new Z10. The BB Z10, similar to Windows smartphones, are the coolest new gadgets that are turning many users from Apple’s iPhone collection. Why? The simple fact is that Apple has spent the last six years tweaking its OS and making small-scale changes, while Microsoft, Nokia, and other Windows manufacturers (along with RIM) have made dramatic changes to its phone line.

Now, BB has unleashed its Z10 in the United States as of this past Friday. The smartphone has been available at T-Mobile’s MVNO Solavei for approximately $710 and up. Now, however, T-Mobile has the BB Z10 available for pre-order. The price? Due to T-Mobile’s new uncarrier agreements, the BB Z10 can be yours for a whopping $799.99. For AT&T and Verizon Wireless, two of the big carriers, you can get the Z10 for just $200 on a two-year contract (new agreement will be required). If you have one more year left on your current contract, you may want to ride out your current contract instead of paying an ETF (early termination fee) of $350 and then paying an additional $200 (or $800, if you acquire it through T-Mobile).

The BB Z10 comes with the following features and specs:

* 1.5Ghz, dual-core processor
* 2GB Random Access Memory (RAM)
* 16GB internal memory storage (plus a microSD card slot)
* 2-megapixel, front-facing camera
* 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera
* 4G LTE
* NFC (near field communication)
* OS: Blackberry 10
* 4.2-inch display
* 1280 x 768 screen resolution (356ppi)

The 2-megapixel, front-facing camera and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera make the phone a mixture of latest and recent specs. The 2GB of RAM makes this phone a beast. The 16GB of internal memory storage plus a microSD card slot means that you will get enough storage to store documents, photos, and videos with the new smartphone. Add 4G LTE and NFC, you have an excellent smartphone available for purchase. The screen resolution is another plus for the Z10, since the Z10’s resolution is sharper than the iPhone 5!

Solavei once sold the phone for $999, although the company has since dropped the price to under $800. This means that your most tempting option may be to purchase the phone through a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) such as Solavei if you want to save an extra $50-$100 or more. Still, the specs and features of the BB Z10 place the smartphone with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 5, Windows 8, and Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3.

It turns out that the new BB Z10 provides a great experience for someone who is looking for something new. You will enjoy the experience if you are not a person who is big on apps; currently, BB only has 100,000 apps available for its Z10 — a pebble of an App Store when compared with the likes of Apple and Google (~700,000 apps).

Blackberry CEO Says the iPhone is Old News

[Photo Source: CNET]
Blackberry CEO speaking at an event. [Photo Source: CNET]
In a recent interview with Thorsten Heins, Blackberry CEO, he said that the iPhone is becoming old news, especially that the Blackberry Z10 is about to make its debut. He added that the signature product of Apple is hardly in the race now because it is quickly becoming outdated.

In the report of Gizmodo, Heins admitted that Apple has been highly successful with their iPhone because of its numerous features which improved its user interface and design. However, he said that history is about to repeat itself. This time, Apple will be at a disadvantage.

Heins stated that the smartphone industry’s rate of innovation is so high. If one company cannot keep up with that, they can be replaced as quickly as they came in. So, if Apple does not do something about it, they will be left out because their technology is already five years old, the Blackberry CEO added.

The boss of Blackberry further commented that they are already on the starting grid of the race and they are definitely determined to win it.

The Reaction of Critics

This apparently gained mixed reactions from critics. Of course, this did not go well with Apple fans. Some viewed this as a big joke as the Z10 is Blackberry’s last chance of redemption in the mobile phone industry. Others even said that Hein’s company is in no position to say that they can topple the iPhone because it is more believable if it was Samsung making such claim.

In the Blackberry CEO’s statement that they are already on the starting grid, I share Gizmodo’s view that being on the starting grid is no guarantee that you will win the race. Winning the race depends on how fast you get to the finish line, not on how early you start it.

On the other hand, I think it is still too early for us to pass judgment on the Blackberry Z10. So far, there are only a few details about the features of the device that have been circulating. Who knows, they might have the right cards this time that will turn things in their favor like their new operating system called the Blackberry 10.

In addition, there might be something more that the new gadget possesses that we haven’t seen yet. According to the news that has been circulating lately in various tech sites, a silent partner of the mobile giant immediately placed an order of around 1 million units of the Z10 which marks the company’s largest single batch of purchase so far.

Many may agree too that the claim of Heins is ridiculous, but we can’t really blame him. It’s his job to build up hype for his product in order to give people something to look forward to.

The Release of the Blackberry Z10

Following the Samsung Galaxy S4’s successful launching in the U.S., Blackberry is aiming to top it off with their own U.S. launching event on March 21. The Blackberry Z10 will be unveiled also in New York at 7PM EDT. Popular artists will be gracing this event as well. There’s no mention of Alicia Keys though who was appointed as the company’s Global Creative Director months earlier.

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Z10 launching invitation. [Photo Source: CNET]
Source: Gizmodo

AT&T Officially Announces Launching Of BlackBerry Z10 On March 22 For $199.99 On Contract

AT&T has finally officially announced the availability of the BlackBerry Z10 on their network. This latest device from BlackBerry will be available starting on March 22 for $199.99 on contract with pre-orders to be open tomorrow. This device will be available to all customers including corporate customers.

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According to Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility, “AT&T customers were the first to experience BlackBerry smartphones and services in the U.S. and we are thrilled to bring the next evolution, the BlackBerry Z10, to the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network. Customers who have grown to love the tried and true BlackBerry experience will continue to enjoy the easy typing and the secure platform they expect with a fresh platform that lets them get more out of their smartphone with easy access to all their messages in BlackBerry Hub.”

The BlackBerry Z10 has already been available in more than 20 countries which include Canada and Britain. The delay in launch in the US is primarily due to the longer carrier testing-phase of the device.

Now that the testing is over AT&T will start taking pre-orders this Tuesday.

This latest device from BlackBerry uses the latest OS called BlackBerry 10 which comes with several new features and improvements.

Some of the features AT&T customers are going to enjoy from the Z10 are

  • BlackBerry Hub: A central location where you can access emails and conversations
  • BlackBerry Touchscreen Keyboard: Adapts to your writing style
  • BBM Video and Screen Share: Communicate face to face with friends and easily share content with them
  • Time Shift: Captures the moment before and after you click on the shutter
  • BlackBerry Story Maker: Allows you to easily create movies
  • BlackBerry Balance: Allows you to use your device for work and play without compromising security

This device will also be the first Blackberry model to take advantage of AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

via techcrunch

BlackBerry Z10 parts totals up to $154

How To Unlock Blackberry Z10 On AT&T Or T-Mobile

Last month, BlackBerry unveiled two new handsets which are running on the brand new completely redesigned platform, BlackBerry 10. The BlackBerry Q10 comes with a full qwerty hardware keyboard and isn’t up for sale yet. BlackBerry Z10 on the other hand is a full touchscreen smartphone, just like the iPhone or high end Android smartphones. BlackBerry has gone through a tough time in the past and now it wants to recapture the market with the help of Blackberry Z10.

BlackBerry Z10 is a good smartphone device and is perhaps the best touchscreen phone ever built by BlackBerry. It is capable of competing with the iPhone and popular Android offering in terms of hardware. We already know what kind of hardware is inside the Z10, but how much does it really cost the company to manufacture a device? Well, you will have to disassemble the phone and total the cost, part by part. That’s obviously a very tough task, but folks at CNN have done it! Yes, the news is coming from CNN Money, and I’m quite surprised at the source because we turn to CNN only when there is a national tragedy or daily news.

Actually, CNN didn’t really tear down the device, but they used the data from UBM TechInsights who recently did a complete tear down of the BlackBerry Z10 and published a list of components hiding behind the plastic case. CNN has determined the exact price the Canadian manufacturer is spending on parts for each BlackBerry Z10 and the results are as follows:

The 4.2 inch display costs the company a good $26.50 whereas it has to shell an equal amount of $26.50 for each dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor used. The 8MP rear facing camera together with the 2MP front facing shooter cost a total of $15 for each unit, and another $9 is spent for the 16GB of native storage. Other critical components like the battery, communication chips, and RAM costs a total of $21.00. The remaining casing and other electronics add up to about $59. The entire cost of components and parts used to manufacture a brand new BlackBerry Z10 is $154. It should be noted that the $154 is the price the company is paying for raw materials, and the company has to obviously spend more to actually manufacture the device and pay its employees, not to mention the money spent on R&D.

The parts used in BlackBerry Z10 actually cost $15 more than the parts and components used in Apple’s flagship iPhone 5, of which the total stands at $139, but I’m not surprised as BB z10 actually comes with a larger screen with better resolution, bigger battery, larger amount of RAM among other components.

BlackBerry Z10 has been reportedly doing well in UK, and if it is selling well, it should be good, right? The BB10 platform will definitely win over the enterprise users, but BB is currently focusing on consumer market. What are your thoughts on Blackberry Z10? Let us know in the comment section below.

source: CNNMoney

BlackBerry Z10 Available This March Unlocked From Clove

The BlackBerry Z10 made its first appearance to the major operators in the UK last January 31. Those who got the device did so by signing long contracts with their respective carriers. Those planning to get the device now have the option to get it unlocked and sim free this coming March 1.

BlackBerry Z10  Unlocked Clove

Clove has just announced that they will be offering the BlackBerry Z10 on the first day of March as an unlocked device at £445.00 (£534.00 including VAT) or roughly $828.82. Initially only the black model will be made available under this offer with the white model coming along soon.

People living in the US who can’t wait to get their hands on the Z10 and who will be in the UK this March might want to consider getting this as this latest flagship smartphone hasn’t been released in the US yet. The device is expected to hit the US market at the later part of March however T-Mobile has hinted that it may come earlier than that.

The advantage of getting an unlocked version of the BlackBerry Z10 is that you will be able to use it on any compatible mobile network. People who travel a lot will make huge savings on phone bills since they won’t need to use the roaming features instead just buy a local prepaid SIM of the country they are visiting.

The BlackBerry Z10 is the first flagship smartphone of the company since the previous model released 18 months ago. What you will first notice is the all touch user interface. It also sports the latest operating system of the company which is the BlackBerry OS 10 based on the QNX platform.

Some of the features of the device include

  • BB10 OS
  • 4.2 inch high resolution screen
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core
  • Updated BlackBerry services: Hub, Browser, Keyboard, Balance and World
  • 8MP camera with Time Shift
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • Up to 64 GB micro SD card
  • Micro SIM

Via clove

BlackBerry Z10 teardown reveals internal components

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Blackberry recently announced two new devices, BlackBerry Z10 and Q10. The Q10 comes with a hardware qwerty keyboard and hasn’t been launched yet due to reasons best known to Blackberry. Z10 on the other hand is a full touch screen device, much like the iPhone and Android devices. The Canadian smartphone manufacturer wants its share of pie in the smartphone market, and since the Z10 is already available to be bought in UK, we can see that the device has indeed garnered a lot of interest among smartphone users and many are adopting the device.

One of the most not-so-cool things about previous blackberry devices was that they didn’t come with great internal hardware. Blackberry seems to have taken a note of that, and if it does want to survive the competition, it has to give good set of hardware features in order to capture some market. In the case of BlackBerry Z10, the hardware is pretty good and below is the hardware specifications:

• Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz – Snapdragon S4 Plus
• Display: 4.2”, 4 point multi-touch LCD display, 1280 x 768 resolution at 356 DPI, Touch On Lens
• Camera: 8MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5X digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording ・2MP front facing camera, 3X digital zoom, 720p HD video recording
• Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz ・4G Mobile Hotspot
• GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
• Battery: 1800mAh Removable ・Talk Time: up to 10 hours on 3G・Standby Time: up to 305 hours on 3G, up to 316 hours on 2G・Audio Playback: up to 60 hours・Video PlayBack: up to 11 hours
• Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
• Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
・4G LTE
• Size (LxWxD): 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm

The above list is the spec sheet for public, but folks at UBM Tech Insights have gone one step ahead and tore apart the new Z10 in a bid to find out what’s hiding beneath the plastic body, and the findings are pretty interesting and surprising. The device has somewhat same internals as the LTE version of Samsung GS3. Below is a listing of the key hardware components in the Z10:

• Samsung K3PE0E000A – Multichip Memory – 2 GB Mobile DDR2 SDRAM
• Samsung KLMAG2GE4A – Multichip Memory – 16 GB MLC NAND Flash, Controller
• Qualcomm MSM8960 – Snapdragon S4 Baseband / Applications Processor
• Qualcomm WCD9310 – Audio Codec
• Qualcomm PM8921 – Power Management IC
• Qualcomm RTR8600 – GSM / CDMA / W-CDMA / LTE RxD Transceiver + GPS
• Texas Instruments WL1273L – Single-Chip 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, and FM
• TriQuint TQP6M9017 – Dual-Band WLAN Module
• RF Micro Devices RF7252 – CDMA/WCDMA BAND 2 Linear Power Amplifier Module
• RF Micro Devices RF7303 – LTE/UMTS/CDMA BAND 3 Linear Power Amplifier Module
• Inside Secure SECUREAD IC5C633I4- NFC Solution Module
• Avago ACPM-5017 – LTE Band XVII Power Amplifier
• Avago ACPM-7051 – Quad-Band GSM / W-CDMA Bands I & V Power Amplifier
• Sony CXM3582UR – SP10T Antenna Switch
• ST Microelectronics LIS3DH – MEMS Accelerometer
• STMicroelectronics LSM330DLC – 3D Accelerometer & 3D Gyroscope
• Synaptics Clearpad 3203 – Capacitive Touchscreen Controller

Source: UBM Tech Insights

How To Unlock Blackberry Z10 On AT&T Or T-Mobile

It looks like BlackBerry is back in the game with their latest model the Z10. This new model which runs on the latest BlackBerry 10 operating system made its debut last February 5 over at Canada and the company has reported that their latest model made record breaking sales in its first day alone.

How To Unlock Blackberry Z10 On AT&T Or T-Mobile

Canadian carrier Rogers has also released a statement that the Z10 set various BlackBerry records for them as well. The company sold more BlackBerry units on February 5 than any other day in its history. The company also activated thousands of Z10 models that day. Several Rogers stores are reporting that they have run out of stocks and additional units were delivered to them.

In the UK Phones 4U has reported that the latest BlackBerry device has sold out in 55% of its 680 locations.  According to Scott Hooton, Chief Commercial Officer at Phones 4u, “As Phones 4u is currently the only place people can get their hands on the BlackBerry Z10 in white, it has been a huge success and continues to sell extremely well. A large number of our stores DID sell out of the white model on launch weekend, but because we knew demand was so high and we didn’t want anyone to miss out on getting one, we replenished stock within hours.”

This latest model from Blackberry won’t be making an official appearance in the US until March. Those who can’t wait to get their hands on the device have jumped across the Canadian border and got themselves a Rogers or Telus unit and have it unlocked for use in their US based carrier.

Unlock Blackerry Z10

Here’s how you can unlock the BlackBerry Z10 so you can use it on AT&T or T-Mobile. First you’ll have to get your hand on an actual unit. If your Z10 comes from Rogers, Bell, Telus, Fido, Virgin Mobile or Koodo then you are in luck since the unlock codes for these networks are already available.

We’ve found that Crackberry has a great solution here (find the green “Unlock My Blackerry” on the left sidebar toward the bottom). The price for unlocking is as follows

  • For BlackBerry 10 on Telus or Bell: $30.00 USD
  • For BlackBerry 10 on Rogers: $45.00 USD
  • For BlackBerry 10 on any other network: $150.00 USD

Unlocking the device using an unlock code is the safest method that is guaranteed to work permanently. You will need to provide accurate information though for this to become successful. Only two pieces of information are required from you which are your device carrier and your device IMEI.

The IMEI can either be taken from the box your unit came with or by going to Settings > About > and selecting Hardware.

Once you have this information it will take between 3 to 24 hours for your unlock code to arrive.

As soon as your unlock code arrives you can proceed to unlock your device in just three simple steps.

  • Go to Settings > Security and Privacy > SIM Card
  • Scroll down to Phone Network Lock, and tap the Unlock Network button
  • Enter your 8 digit unlock code, and hit OK.

Make sure you enter the 8 digit code correctly since you only have 10 tries to do it before your device becomes completely useless.

via crackberry