Is BlackBerry announcing the Z30 Aristo tomorrow?

Is BlackBerry announcing the Z30 Aristo tomorrow?It's been a while since we heard anything about the BlackBerry Z30, or the Aristo, the big-screened BB handset that's supposedly the Canadian firm's next flagship.

Well the latest is it could be launching as soon as next week – in Asia at least – with BlackBerry reportedly about to announce the 5in Z30 at a trio of launch events in France, Malaysia and India tomorrow.

The Z30, which we previously knew as the BlackBerry A10, is set to come with a 5in Super AMOLED display running at 1280 x 768, a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, BlackBerry 10.2 and a 2880mAh battery.

Quite the package, in other words, and easily BlackBerry's biggest-screened handset to date. Since the first leaks emerged earlier this year we were told to expect a launch in time for the holiday season, but of late BlackBerry-related news has centred more on the company's troubles rather than the Z30's progress.

However, Pocket-lint says its sources have confirmed that the Z30 will be unveiled tomorrow, specifically at the Malaysia event, but likely at the France and India events too.

What that means in terms of a launch timetable for other territories remains to be seen - Pocket-lint reckons a US launch could come 2-3 weeks later, though that doesn't tell us anything about when we'll see it here in the UK. Still, if the rumours are correct we'll find out more as soon as tomorrow.

Update: elsewhere on the mobile web, incidentally, the rumour is that it's BBM for Android and iOS about to be announced. Nigeria-based TechSuplex claims to have been informed by an insider at network MTN that they've been told to expect a spike in customer queries when BBM on Samsung's Galaxy devices is enabled on the 19th (Thursday).

That follows earlier rumours that BBM would initially be a Samsung exclusive, potentially only in Africa, for three months before rolling out to the wider Android community.

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9 comments

mrew42  Sep. 17, 2013 at 17:01

The Z10 was sh!t
This is just a big sh!t

:)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 17, 2013 at 17:11

The Z10 was sh!t
This is just a big sh!t

:)


I'd love to say something moderator-like, but, ahem... you're right.

This made me smile, though:
easily BlackBerry's biggest-screened handset to date. hahaha...
How long did it take the experts to figure that out? :p

timy  Sep. 17, 2013 at 23:19

had a z10 for a while now and its definitely not sh!t. id say, for me at least, its the best of a bad bunch
iphone - expensive sh!t
andriod- confusing sh!t
windows- just sh!t

Stelph  Sep. 18, 2013 at 09:44

Unless Blackberry sell this at cost (or with a very minor profit), I cant see this turning around their slide

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 18, 2013 at 10:21

timy,
I accept that it depends a bit on what one need and expects; where one is coming from etc...
But I'd still say EVEN Android is better than the Z10 :p

But: it's all personal preference, I guess.

mrew42  Sep. 18, 2013 at 11:16

By the way timy I have in fact copyrighted the use of sh!t so that's 4p you owe me
:-P

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 18, 2013 at 11:20

iShit ™ and iSheep ™

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 18, 2013 at 11:21

To be fair: right price and a more polished BB10.2 and UI and I could live.... nah...

SpeedyG  Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:25

Even windows phones >Blackberry

*throws more sh!t into the room...*

;)

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