BlackBerry Z30 announced, will be available next week

BlackBerry Z30 announced, will be available next weekSo the rumours were correct: BlackBerry has just unveiled its latest BB10 creation, the Z30, billed as the biggest and most powerful BlackBerry ever made.

It's also one of the most rumoured, though you might know it better as the Aristo or A10. Either way, it's official and it'll be available here in the UK as soon as next week.

So far BlackBerry's touchscreen-based BB10 lineup has been headed by the Z10 – the first next-gen 'Berry announced way back in January.

But the Z30 comfortably trumps the Z10 in just about every way that counts. For starters, it's big, boasting a 5in Super AMOLED display with an HD resolution (though it's 720p rather than the more impressive 1080p).

Head for the engine room and you'll find a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor teamed up with quad-core Adreno 320 graphics.

You get the predictable 2GB of RAM, together with a microSD-augmentable 16GB of storage, and BlackBerry has followed the trend of focusing on fancy camera features by dishing up its most impressive pair of on-board cameras to date: an 8MP rear camera with 5-element f/2.2 lens, autofocus, LED flash and full HD video recording, plus a 2MP front-facer capable of capturing 720p video.

Workaholics will be pleased to see the 2880mAh battery capacity, which BB says will be good for 25 hours of “mixed use”, or 12 hours of pure video playback, between charges. Stereo speakers are another plus, and BlackBerry claims on-board sound wizardry called BlackBerry Natural Sound will make voice and video calls sound like you're talking to someone in the same room. The downside of the fancy battery and speakers is an overall weight of 170g.

The Z30 comes pre-loaded with BlackBerry 10.2, the latest version of the BB platform which includes new features such as the Priority Hub, which tweaks the BlackBerry Hub to learn over time which messages, emails, updates and the like to prioritise based on your user habits. BlackBerry Messenger has also been improved, and now sees pop-up previews of messages pushed to the phone's lock screen.

We still don't know what the BlackBerry Z30 will cost, but it is arriving in the UK next week apparently, so that shouldn't stay that way for long.

As for BlackBerry 10.2, it'll be rolling out to existing BB10 handsets around the middle of next month.

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AhmadCentral  Sep. 18, 2013 at 14:58

You know "Z30" in Latin actually means "Blackberry's last phone before they go out of business".

TJ Skywasher  Sep. 18, 2013 at 16:10

Makes you wonder why they bothered, all that money spent for nothing. If I hadn't come across this article I'd never had known they'd released another phone, not exactly well timed. Announced a week after the new iPhones, on iOS 7 release day and when iPhone reviews hit the web, plus two days before the iPhones go on general sale in launch countries. They could have waited if they wanted to grab the headlines.


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