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Blackberry 10 in South Africa – what you need to know [features, pics and video]
Posted by on Jan 21st, 2013

Right…it’s been confirmed that the Blackberry 10 devices will launch in South Africa in less than 10 days and i won’t lie…i’m pretty amped to see what the new RIM smartphones will be offering. The launch event is scheduled for 30 January in Sandton and while i’ve had the priviledge of holding a dev version i can’t wait to get my hands on the final product.

blackberry 10 south africa

And here’s a pic with the device switched on.

blackberry 10 south africa

Styling. I want.

For those of you who wanna know the specs and product features…here you go.

Key Product Features / Information

  • We have confirmed that there will be six BlackBerry 10 devices.
    • There will be devices with touchscreen and physical keyboards, in each of the high-end, mid-range and entry-level segments.
    • The first BlackBerry 10 device will be touchscreen; we will also offer a QWERTY BlackBerry 10 product.
  • BlackBerry 10 Screen Resolutions:
    • 1280 x 768 for the first BlackBerry 10 touch device, and after that, full-touch devices will be 1280 x 720.
    • 720 x 720 for the first QWERTY BlackBerry (standardize screen resolution for future BlackBerry 10 devices).
  • Battery:  These BlackBerry 10 devices will have removable batteries.
  • BlackBerry Flow: A new experience that delivers total integration across all applications. All notifications come into one location—the BlackBerry Hub— allowing you to stay connected with ease. With a simple gesture, you can peek at what’s new, anytime.
  • Predictive BlackBerry Keyboard: The BlackBerry 10 keyboard learns how you write to accurately predict the next word and recognizing where your fingers hit the keys.
  • Calendar and Contacts: Enables you to see your calendar as an agenda and move through, day by day, or switch to a “people view” and simply see the people.
  • BlackBerry Browser: Allows you to navigate with ease, thanks to best in class HTML5 performance.
  • Camera: You can capture the moment perfectly and share it instantly with the people that matter most.  The Time Shift feature remembers milliseconds before and after the shot and will recognize faces in the photo, allowing you to select each one individually to adjust the moment.
  • BlackBerry App World: A new unified storefront in BlackBerry App World makes it easy to explore and download great, top-tier apps, movies, music, TV shows and more – all in one place.
  • BlackBerry Balance: Separates personal content and corporate content, giving you freedom to take advantage of your device while still protecting enterprises and allowing them to manage their assets and information – fully encrypted, fully secure.

And some specs dug up a few days ago. Not confirmed, but likely.

The first BlackBerry 10 L-Series all-touchscreen phone will feature a 4.2-inch display with a high-definition resolution of 1280 by 768, 2 gigabytes of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an 1,800 mAh battery, according to the report. The phone will also have a front-facing 2 megapixel camera with 2X digital zoom and 720p video recording, while the back has an 8 megapixel shooter with LED flash, auto focus, 5X digital zoom and the ability to shoot video in 1080p. [CNET]

And of course you wanna see some video of the phone in action hey. That time shift feature is amazing. Imagine you’re taking pics of a group of people and one or two blink. Annoying right..well with this new feature you just click on their faces and rewind or fast forward till they aren’t blinking. Check it.

And here’s a video showing how easy it’s gonna be to navigate the new Blackberry 10.

Rad hey.

Now onto pricing and mobile carriers in SA.

As of yet no price info has been revealed and Cell C, Vodacom, MTN etc have been tight lipped as to whether the new BB 10 phones will offer the current unlimited data plan (R59 BIS subscription) or just keep the free BBM service while users will have to pay for standard data bundles to surf the internet.

That would suck.

I’ll update this post as soon as i get more info on official price and the data options.

Some cool news on the development side…yesterday ten intrepid developers trekked to the summit of Kilimanjaro to build and deploy a charity application right at the top of the mountain. More info HERE.

And if you happen to have any skills in Blackberry app development or just a general interest in what’s happening with regards to Blackberry in SA then best you go check out the Blackberry Apps Lab in Cape Town.

BlackBerry Apps Lab, 302 Bandwidth Barn, 66 Albert Road, Cape Town

Contact: For more info. call Glenn Stein on 071 252 7741

January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Quite honestly we have had one in our office since last year November 2012 (for development purposes) and in an office of twenty IT developers it took everyone at least and hour to try and navigate through the phone. Now I am a blackberry user and probably the only one in my office, but I think RIM has tried too hard to get back into the smartphone game but by trying too hard they have messed up again “personal opinion”. With the likes of iOS, Andriod, Windows and soon to be Ubuntu Devices rather start getting used to these other phones then trying to learn the Blackberry10 system and having RIM crash soon

Savage says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I’ve also had the dev alpha phone in my hands and found it pretty easy to navigate. Cant comment from a developers point of view and how easy it was to coe with though. RIM stock increased and pre-launch indications are positive so i guess well just have to wait and see i guess

Un1ted says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

any idea whether or not there will be a panorama function on the camera??

Savage says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Unsure..will find out

Un1ted says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

any idea?

Shuayb says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I really hope that Vodacom continues with the BIS as is. I would seriously hate it if they did away with that. If that’s the case might as well get the iPhone 5 or wait for no. 6.
Really excited for this to come out already, if all goes well, will be treating myself to an awesome birthday present.

Ruhan says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I am due for an upgrade currently have a 9780, any idea on when the bb 10 devices will be available, what I’ve seen so far looks pretty amaizing I can’t wait!!

January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Love the enthusiasm Savage … almost makes me want one too.

But what’s the actual Megapixels for the camera on these devices?

My BB Bold 9900 has a decent 5MP and gives me everything I need.

There needs to be some serious advantages for me to consider moving away from it.

Savage says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I think from the specs its an 8 megapixel camera. Watch the videos they are rad :)

Chantel says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Pretty bummed that it’ll only have an 8megapixel camera:( Really thought they would step it up. If they do away with the BIS, I’m outta here. That’s the only reason I put up with BB issues (battery life, hanging, battery pulls, switching off on it’s own and not being able to switch it back on without a battery pull, etc, etc) is because of BIS. If that’s no longer offered, I’m switching to iPhone….

Brett says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Any idea whn it will be available in SA?

Savage says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Heard mid-March

Me&You says:
January 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Blackberry 10 will not use the BIS service. With BBM working through this service on Blacberry 7, will Blackberry 10 users be able to BBM users on the BIS service?

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