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BlackBerry’s Priv is now available on Pre Order. Setting you back 699$

BlackBerry has opened-up pre-orders for its first ever Android smartphone, the curved-screen slider that’s better known as the Priv. The move comes just a day after the spec list was leaked on the company’s site, although the price that was included in the listing turned out to be a red herring.

In fact, American BlackBerry fans will be able to pre-order the device for $699 starting from today, with delivery expected on November 6th. Canadians, meanwhile, can plonk down $899 CDN to get the device in their home country, while UK users are expected to stump-up £559 ($857) for the same deal. In Germany you are set back 799€ on the Amazon pre-order. 

No known Retailers in the UAE are offering the device yet for pre-order. But that will be just a matter of time.

 

 

Priv by BlackBerry caught once again in new set of pictures!

Another set of pictures of the upcoming Priv by BlackBerry have been released to the web.

At a conference I was at today, one of BlackBerry’s executives had a ‘Priv’ which he let me play with for a bit. I must admit, it’s a VERY nice device. It was actually thinner than my Note 5! It also seemed snappy and smooth, and the keyboard was also very nice. It had full access to the Play store as you would expect, and he had a few apps loaded. The screen was very nice with a high PPI, and it seemed to curvey around the edges. I have to say that I’m definitely interested in Blackberry again! [sic]

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Win a White OnePlus One – 64GB with the Acme Blog

It is competition time again! This time we have got a OnePlus One in the white 64GB Version.

Here some Details on the phone itself:

The One Plus One Smartphone is a user friendly device that comes with exciting features that satisfy all your communication and multimedia needs. The device features sleek curved body, which is extremely light in weight and portable. Its white color adds a touch of elegance to its overall appearance. The phone comes with a 13MP primary camera that features an F 2.0 aperture, six lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration, and a dual LED flash. The secondary 5MP distortion free camera lets you take amazing selfies.

You can also record excellent 4K resolution videos and share them with your friends and family. Thanks to the 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, multitasking on this phone is smooth and seamless. The Cyanogen 11S operating system, which is based on the Android 4.4 OS platform, provides a user friendly and intuitive interface. The phone enables you to make use of 4G LTE connectivity to browse the Internet at blazing speeds. Equipped with 64GB of internal memory, this phone provides you with enough space to store all your multimedia files and documents.

And this is how you can win:

Just participate below and have the chance to win. Please note that this competition is only for UAE based readers. The device will be either shipped via Aramex or handed over in person in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

White OnePlus One – 64GB

Axiom lets you now PreOrder the New Blackberry Passport in Silver

Fancy the BlackBerry Passport in Silver ? Axiom got you covered here. From now on you can pre order the new Silver version. It is coming in at 1999AED which is a really fair price.

BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry Passport uses a 4.5inch display with a 1440×1440 pixel resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974 quad-core chip. Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM,  Snapdragon 800. The Passport runs with the BB 10.3 operating system. Its powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. The Passport  packs a large 3450mAh battery life, so usage times is a standout feature.

The Passport in Silver color will be available from 31.08.15.

BlackBerry Introduces BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

BlackBerry Limited , a global leader in secure mobile communications, today unveiled the BlackBerry® Passport Silver Edition, a premium device built for business professionals who want a smartphone with the mobile tools they need to get things done – without sacrificing style or portability.

The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is in a class of its own, featuring a stunning silver finish with refined, curved corners, large square touch screen display and reinforced stainless steel frame for extra strength and durability. An essential business tool, the device delivers the same productivity enjoyed by other BlackBerry Passport products, as well as an updated QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard, battery power that lasts more than a full day of mixed use, and BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.2.

“We strive to deliver products that combine cutting-edge technology with purposeful, globally recognized design, and the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is the latest manifestation of this vision,” said Scott Wenger, Global Head of Design at BlackBerry. “It brings together BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, enhanced productivity features, and a refined industrial design based on customer and user feedback to deliver an unmatched experience for professionals who value precision and focus.”

Thoughtful Design for the Mobile Professional Continue reading BlackBerry Introduces BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

Reviewed: The Huawei P8

With the recently released P8 Huawei wants to play in the same league as the previous top dogs Samsung, LG and HTC. Whether the company from the Far East has succeeded this attempt or not is what we have found out for you in our test.

P8 – this is the name of the latest and best smartphone of the Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The phone was introduced in April 2015 at an event in London. It is the successor of the two high end devices Ascend P6 and P7 Ascend. It is a high-end phone as we are used to from Samsung or HTC, but can it keep up with the Galaxy S6 or M9 One ? Just opening the Box gives you already a feeling of a luxury item you are unboxing here. The Box is having a cool design and is very nicely build as well.

The Huawei P8 is available since a very short time in local stores here in the UAE. Currently you can only buy the version with 16 GB of memory. But there is something coming as well with 64 GB later on. Appearance and technology are almost identical though. The standard 16GB version comes in two colors Mystic Champagne (the one we are reviewing) and Titanium Grey. The so-called Premium version with 64GB memory will be available in the two luxurious colors Prestige Gold and Carbon Black.

P8 First Impressions:

 

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Build Quality & Design

The P8 is slim; It is just 6.4mm thin and feels solidly built and strong. We have slightly tried to bend the frame, useless: the chassis is build solid and resistant. The unibody is round off at the edges. According to Huawei, the process of producing this phone takes approximately 810 minutes. Only then do you get towards the phosphorescent appearance, hardness and processing precision. Similar to the Galaxy S6, S6 Galaxy Edge, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and many other devices as well the frame of the P8 serves as an antenna for different wireless technologies such as WLAN, Bluetooth and mobile.

The material is aluminum, the workmanship and build quality is very good. How does the device feel in the hand? The P8 has a very block-like form, almost like a block of Milka chocolate, which is not particularly ergonomic. The feeling, however, has improved a lot compared to its predecessors, mainly because the edges are rounded now. In general however it lacks of grip: The P8 easily slips out of the hands and the back has no adhesive. A cover or a sticker that adds some grip on the backside is highly recommended.

The P8 is not waterproof like for example the Xperia Z3. However, the case is nano-coated! That means that steam, water and raindrops cause no harm to the device. The phone has a mass of 144 grams, while it is 144.9 mm high and 72.1 mm wide. Despite the large 5.2-inch screen, the one-hand operation is still possible since the borders were kept narrow towards the display. In addition, a software mode can be activated which allows one-handed operation. For this purpose, you can sweep your finger over the virtual keys – from left to right or vice versa.

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Reviewed: The BlackBerry Leap

We have tested for you the new BlackBerry Leap which is not yet available in the UAE, as per information from the BlackBerry Store in the Dubai Mall it could arrive nevertheless within this month.

In recent months, BlackBerry has released three new smartphones. We got the current top model, the BlackBerry Passport, followed by the BlackBerry Classic and now the BlackBerry Leap. The devices each have different target groups. The BlackBerry Passport is designed to appeal to new customers offering the latest hardware and an unusual design. With the BlackBerry Classic BlackBerry wants to pick up Customers which are still using an older model to join the new BlackBerry 10 platform, while for the BlackBerry Leap thanks to its comparatively low price it should open the market for new rather price sensitive customers.

 Design

In terms of build quality and everyday usable design nothing negative could be said about the Canadian Manufacturer. It has the perfect size and is still small enough to fit in your pockets. On the Leap nothing moves, nothing squeaks. The relatively high weight (170 grams) further underlines the robustness of the phone. The dimpled pattern on the back supports the rubberized back in its slip resistance. On the right side you can find the usual three buttons for volume and voice control, left a door for SIM and microSD card. On top sits the really useless on-off switch, Useless because this function works way more convenient by swiping.

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Processor:

BlackBerry follows the trend and uses a 5-inch IPS display. Whether viewed from the front or side, the view remains perfectly. Despite the relatively low resolution of 1280×720 pixels the display is pretty good and does not give any reasons for complain. The the dual-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus 1.5 GHz) on the other side would also not be able to run a higher resolution. The S4 Plus is a discontinued model and since October 2012 in the market. The launch of Apps takes a short moment but when it is running there are no further delays to notice. For those if you who do not manage with the available 16GB storage (10.3 GB available after first start) will be happy that you can extend the memory via a microSD card to a maximum of 128 GB. Continue reading Reviewed: The BlackBerry Leap