Our favourite budget friendly BB10 device, the BlackBerry Z3, has officially launched in Singapore.
The phone will be available via authorized carrier StarHub.
According to Cameron Vernest, Managing Director of Singapore at BlackBerry,
“We are excited to confirm that the BlackBerry Z3 smartphone is coming to Singapore. This device not only gives users more ways to connect, share and communicate, but it provides the best tool for secure, reliable communications and collaboration for businesses. Priced affordably, the BlackBerry Z3 will extend the full capabilities of the BlackBerry 10 Operating System version 10.2.1 experience for a new generation of customers in Singapore.”
As reported by the fine folks at ourberries.com much earlier, we’re now coming out with our report.
Word on the street is that availability and visibility in brick and mortar stores isn’t yet available, although it is possible to order via one of the partner stores or head to their direct stores and be assured of quick delivery within Singapore.
Last we checked, and at the time of writing the price begins at SGD zero inclusive of GST, and there is a SGD20 shopping voucher for every successful purchase via Starhub Singapore.
To check out their brick and mortar stores, check out the map here.
If you’re reading this with no prior knowledge of the BlackBerry Z3, check out a few links here:
Watch this 8 frame magic for a Z3 on 10.3
Another Z3 review here
Just because its low spec, don’t think BlackBerry loved it any less, because you just have to read this!
Thanks very much to UTB team member Badi for the additional research and information above.
Enclosed below is the Press Release:
SINGAPORE – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today introduced the new BlackBerry® Z3 smartphone in Singapore. The BlackBerry Z3 will now available to customers through BlackBerry’s authorized carrier, StarHub. For more information, please visit BlackBerry.com/z3.
The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone provides BlackBerry users more ways to connect and share, with an experience built on reliable, secure communications. BlackBerry Z3, will keep Singaporean users better connected and more productive with a 5″ display, long lasting battery and the best typing experience on a touchscreen.
Key features include:
BlackBerry® Hub – The ever present BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your work and personal email, BBM™, text messages, social media updates and notifications in one place, with the ability to “peek” into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere, so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you. The Hub can be customized to identify priority messages and to filter the message list by various criteria that you can then activate with a simple pinch gesture.
BBM – BBM on the BlackBerry Z3 includes all the latest features of the popular mobile social network. You get BBM voice and video chatting with Screen Share and support for BlackBerry Natural Sound, letting you hear nuances and variations in tone in a BBM Voice chat, and making the conversation sound like you’re in the same room. BBM Channels features a variety of Malaysian channels as well as a package of BBM stickers that have been specially designed by a local artist.
BlackBerry Keyboard – The BlackBerry Keyboard learns what words you use and how you use them, then offers them up to you so you can type faster and more accurately. It gives you the best typing experience on a touchscreen, complete with multi-language support that lets you type in up to 3 different languages at the same time.
Time Shift & Story Maker – The BlackBerry Z3′s astonishing Time Shift camera feature lets you capture a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open. You can also use Story Maker to bring a collection of photos and videos together, along with music and effects, to produce an HD movie that you can instantly share on YouTube.
BlackBerry 10 Browser – The BlackBerry 10 browser sets the industry benchmark for HTML5 performance on smartphones, and is incredibly fast, with fluid and responsive scrolling and zooming. The browser includes many advanced features, supports multiple tabs, lets you browse sites privately, includes a reader mode, and integrates with the platform for easily sharing content. You can even save web pages for later viewing.
Instant Previews & Reply Now – Be more timely and responsive with Instant Previews that bring BBM, SMS and email message to you no matter what you are doing on your BlackBerry Z3. You can even reply to your BBM or SMS messages in any app, or swipe to the BlackBerry Hub to respond. If you get a phone call that you can’t answer right way, you can instantly silence the call and send a Reply Now response through BBM, SMS or email to let the caller know you’re busy.
Fast, Easy Sharing – The BlackBerry Z3 learns how you share and who you share with, helping you reduce the number of steps and amount of time it takes to get your files, photos, or documents to where they need to go. Touching “share” in any app provides suggestions on who and how to share your files based on who you’ve shared with in the past, and the feature only gets smarter the more you use it.
FM Radio – The new BlackBerry Z3 includes a built-in FM radio. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.
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