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BlackBerry Q10 to launch in Hong Kong at the end of June

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By James Richardson on 6 Jun 2013 10:11 am EDT
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Another day - another BlackBerry Q10 country confirms a shipping date. This time it's Hong Kong which will see the BlackBerry 10 device hitting retailers at the end of June.

The new BlackBerry Q10 is expected to be available from 1O1O, 3 Hong Kong, China Mobile Hong Kong, one2free, PCCW mobile, SmarTone and all authorized retailers. Customers can pre-order the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone from authorized partners in Hong Kong starting June 13, 2013. The suggested retail price of the BlackBerry Q10 is HK$6,388. Customers who pre-order the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone from authorized retailers will be given a BlackBerry Balance cushion for free (while stocks last).

Press Release

Hong Kong, 6 June 2013 – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced the new BlackBerry® Q10 smartphone, the first BlackBerry® 10 smartphone to feature a classic BlackBerry QWERTY Keyboard, is expected to be available from 1O1O, 3 Hong Kong, China Mobile Hong Kong, one2free, PCCW mobile, SmarTone and all authorized retailers at end of June. Customers can pre-order the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone from authorized partners in Hong Kong starting June 13, 2013. For more information, visit hk.blackberry.com/BlackBerryQ10.

Available in two colours, Black and White, and with Chinese UI and input support, the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone combines the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform with a large, re-engineered physical keyboard and stunning touchscreen display – the largest ever on a BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone.

Gallant Leon, Director for Hong Kong and Taiwan at BlackBerry said, “With BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry to create a new and unique mobile computing experience. We are excited to be working with all of our partners in Hong Kong to bring the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard to customers. The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone offers premium performance, set in BlackBerry’s signature keyboard design, that lets you take instant action and keeps you moving, whether at work or at play.”

Meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone’s design, from its beautiful and distinctive form to its elegant and ergonomic QWERTY keyboard, which features a wider layout and larger sculpted keys. With the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone’s advanced hardware, communications and multimedia features, along with its long battery life, you can confidently stay ahead and take action all day long.

The re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform offers you a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Every feature, every gesture, and every detail is designed to keep you moving forward towards your goal, and includes advancements such as:

  • The ever present BlackBerry® Hub, which brings all your conversations together in one easy to manage place that you can access at any time from any app with a simple “peek”, so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you.
  • BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which elegantly separates and secures work applications and data from personal content, protecting what’s important to you and the business you work for.
  • BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), which lets you share things with the people that matter to you in an instant. BBM on BlackBerry 10 smartphones includes voice calling and video chat, and lets you share your screen with another BlackBerry 10 smartphone contact.
  • BlackBerry® Remember, which helps you tackle tasks quickly with a new way to collect, organize and action all the information sitting in different places across your smartphone.

For more information on the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, please visit hk.blackberry.com/BlackBerryQ10.

 

Reader comments

BlackBerry Q10 to launch in Hong Kong at the end of June

31 Comments

Yeah when will it be in China? And when will they go back to Japan

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I was in Hong Kong last month and saw nothing but iPhone and Samsung phones in the wild (pretty much 50/50 split from my informal observations... Note 2's were particularly popular, much more than in Canada). I saw the Z10 on display at one mobile shop. Not a single BlackBerry (old or new) seen on the streets.

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Very good observation! I think the users of samsung is more than iphone in HK now. I am the minority! Haha!!!

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Most HK people carry Androids or iPhone these days. If you go to financial areas, you could see lots of OS 7 BlackBerry for business use.

Small mobile shops don't carry BlackBerry here but all major carriers shop do carry BlackBerry.

It is a pity you didn't see me using a Z10 in HK. ;)

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So those were using other devices other than BlackBerry are younger generation?

Posted via CB10 from my BlackBerry Z10

Young, old, doesn't matter. No Blackberry's to be seen. IPhone and Samsung everywhere regardless of age.

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Lots of old Hong Kong people use Androids especially those bigger screen ones. They don't really type English a lot so old people accept touch screens, too. Still, there are still many BlackBerry loyalists or fans in Hong Kong, the momentum will pick up but it will take some time.

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1. So will BlackBerry come out with a customized NFC antenna to support local Octopus micro-payments?
(The Octopus is similar to the Oyster transport payment system in the UK).
This alone would be reason enough for Andr*id and iPh*ne users to switch over!!

2. So does the Q10 have Chinese handwriting input?
A friend of mine refused to buy the Bold 9900 because no Chinese handwriting input on a touch screen (!).
Hope BlackBerry will not repeat this same mistake again...

The hand writing Chinese does work pretty well. I find it more responsive than android implementation.

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there is chinese handwriting input. find the video on youtube. and for the octopus, your sim has to support NFC payments and octopus has to make an app for it.

Chinese hand writing on Z10 is very accurate and more convenient than iPhone, which every word you have to select from a list on iphone. Z10 automatically select for you unless you want select a different one. Very good indeed onz10. Anyone use q10 can confirm it's the same as z10? I would be surprised if they are different.

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Z10 uses FULL SCREEN for Chinese hand writing, unlike iPhone uses a square small area. To me it's definitely a very good feature. And the writing area would be bigger than that area on iphone, if Q10 works the same way as Z10 let's say.

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I think it would be a wonderful idea for partnering with Octopus, much like how BlackBerry partnered with CIBC and Rogers in Canada. Citibank partnered with Visa and Octopus to create a 2-in-1 Visa/Octopus card. I think BlackBerry's NFC capability, 3 Mobile's network, and Visa can come up with a solution to partner with Octopus. Almost everybody in HK uses the Octopus system for transit and small purchases.

I haven't tried to use Z10. I used my Q10 for 2 weeks. I think the Chinese handwriting is working very well! Most importantly, once you switched the inputting method to Chinese handwriting, you can write Chinese on the screen and type English or number through the keyboard at the same time.

I read the news about the releasing of Q10 in HK. I think it's a bit overpriced. I like BlackBerry becuase of its physical keyboards (I switched to use IP5 after losing my 9900 in China. It's really painful for a guy who used BlackBerry for over 5 years to type on the glass). I can find the essential apps from the App World which can make my works easier. However, it's lacking of local HK app which really difficult to enlarge the market share of BlackBerry in HK.

Recently, I noticed that the Apple Daily (popular newspaper in HK) has an app for BB10 but it's only working on Z10. It's a good start. Hoefully, more local HK companies will develop apps not only for ios and android but also thr BlackBerry.

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Let's go Hong Kong, let's see how good you are. We want to see your blackberry power.

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Expansys HK have got if for HK$5,199 and if you delve into price.com.hk you can find it for HK$4,500. Blackberry are crazy if they think the locals will pay HK$6,400 when they can get it nearly 2K cheaper elsewhere!

I'm an Indonesian who spent several days in HK 3 weeks ago and from what I saw, nobody use BB there (in the subway, malls, streets, etc). I did see someone use Z10 and to my surprise was actually another Indonesian on holiday...lol. The same thing happened in Macau and several China cities that I visited. Even here in Indonesia where demand for BB is unusually high, people start to ditch it for an Android phone. The fact that both S4 and HTC One are priced at similar price point does help in accelerating the "switch"...*sigh*

The reason why the note 2 is everywhere in HK is because it's basically given out at low cost.
Many businesses still hand out BlackBerry to staff as second business cell.
Would be nice to see MTR app, octopus support (as mentioned by others) , and bus route apps come to BB10. Unfortunately, most apps that offer good deal or even hot spot access only for Apple and Android machines there.

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Hi, just bought a Q10,

English is my operating language.

At time i need to send out text and email in Chinese character, pls assist me on
how to switch from english to chinese and back during typing.

thank you.