BlackBerry Z10 is a big deal at Rs 17,990. Here is why

Look at the BlackBerry Z10 as a high-end Android phone as apps can now be sideloaded

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Published:March 1, 2014 10:06 am
M_Id_397589_BlackBerry_Z10 The new price is less than half of the BlackBerry Z10’s launch price

The BlackBerry Z10 is now available as a limited period offer of Rs 17,990. That is almost a 60 per cent cut on its launch price and the second price cut in recent months. The offer is open for 60 days.

Running the latest BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 and with the best touch keyboard in the market, the Z10 is a good buy at this price. But you will have to live without the popular apps on other platforms, BlackBerry’s biggest pain point.

However, with the new OS you have the option of sideloading any Android app. So look at this phone as a top-end Android phone a mid-level price, with the added security and mail features of the Blackberry. Yes, this could be one of the best smartphone deals in the market at the moment.

Announcing the price cut, BlackBerry India MD Sunil Lalvani said:  “BlackBerry has a vast and loyal user base in India and we’re keen to provide these consumers with the unique communication experience that BlackBerry 10 offers. This commemorative offer puts the BlackBerry Z10 at Rs 17,990 and will ensure users are able to enjoy the cutting edge experience of a full-touch device combined with a revolutionary operating system – all at an attractive price point.”

The BlackBerry Z10 has the latest BlackBerry 10 atOS version 10.2.1, that supports Hinglish and Hindi typing and Android apps. it runs on 3G and 2G plans without a special BlackBerry Plan.  The phone has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32GB of additional storage. Plus, there is a superb screen, NFC (near field communications) and BBM service voice and video chats. Now get that in an Android phone for Rs 18,000.

The beleaguered Canadian smartphone company must be hoping that a lot of its loyal user will upgrade to the new phone with this offer.

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    Jody
    Nov 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm
    Yes. You should know how to use it otherwise its useless
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      Brijinder Singh
      Feb 25, 2014 at 11:08 am
      Useless phone even @ Rupees 5000/-
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        G.I.GIO
        Feb 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm
        Moderated comments at Indianexpress?
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          Avinash Srinivas
          Feb 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm
          thats a really great price.
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            Nish
            Mar 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm
            no apps??? get more tech info? you can download android apps into the phone after the 10.2.1 update.
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              guest_
              Feb 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm
              Actually with the recent update (10.2.1), android apps can be installed directly on the Z10 or any BB10 smartphone. You can download the android apps via the web or Amazon appstore or similar app stores.
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                Nketh
                Feb 25, 2014 at 10:42 am
                Looks like Blackerry has loads of inventory left in their shops and godowns and now want to clear it out. The Z10 may be the best blackberry yet, but surely its not the best smartphone out there, a reason people are not buying it. s will no doubt pick up now that the price has been cut by 60%, but not sure if they will surge. I am wondering, why Blackerry didn't launch the Z10 in the 20-25k range in the first place? If you can't compete on the software and apps front, at least beat rivals on pricing.
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