Starting Friday, customers can now upgrade to Z30 (Review | Pictures) for Rs. 29,990 in exchange of an old working smartphone (a minimum cash back of Rs. 5,000) under the upgrade offer valid for a limited period of 60 days, BlackBerry said. Samsung and Apple already have similar offers on their flagship Galaxy and iPhone ranges.
Once a leader in the smartphone category, the Waterloo (Canada)-headquartered firm has witnessed a steady decline in market share, losing out to rivals Samsung, Apple and Nokia. In the past, BlackBerry has offered price cuts on its various handsets and tablet (PlayBook) but this is the first time that it is offering an exchange scheme in India.
The BlackBerry Z30 is the biggest smartphone in BlackBerry's portfolio and can be called the first phablet from the Canadian manufacturer. It comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 720x1280 pixel resolution, translating to a pixel density of 294ppi. It is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with Adreno 320 GPU. BlackBerry has included 2GB of RAM onboard the Z30, apart from 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card (up to 64GB). The BlackBerry Z30 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
BlackBerry, as a part of 10th anniversary celebrations in India in March, had announced a limited 60 days offer for Z30 to be available at Rs. 34,990.
"We have seen a phenomenal response to our initial promotional offer on BlackBerry Z10 and are confident that we will see similar take off on the upgrade offer on Z30," BlackBerry India Director (Distribution) Sameer Bhatia said.
Consumers are increasingly adopting smartphones with attractive price points, he added. Z30 offers a combination of latest technology and style quotient in a single device at a compelling price point, Bhatia said, adding that the offer will run across all BlackBerry retail networks.
In March, BlackBerry had slashed the price of its Z10 handset by about 60 percent to Rs. 17,990 in two steps and received a great response. India, the fastest growing smartphone market globally, is witnessing fierce competition with a slew of devices being launched at various price points to tap the multi-billion dollar opportunity here.
According to IDC, smartphone sales in India grew almost three-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by affordable devices made by local firms like Micromax and Karbonn. In Q1 2014, 17.59 million smartphones were shipped in India compared with 6.14 million in the same period of 2013. Samsung maintained its leadership in the market with a 35 percent market share in Q1, followed by Micromax (15 percent), Karbonn (10 percent), LAVA (6 percent) and Nokia (4 percent), according to IDC.