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BlackBerry launches the Z30 smartphone

The new handset features a 5-inch display and BlackBerry OS 10.2

BlackBerry may be having financial issues these days, but the Canadian company is far from giving up. Taking a cue from recent Android releases and their increasingly large screens, we now have the BlackBerry Z30.

The new handset features a 5-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, an 8 MP back-facing camera, a 720p front-facing camera, wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, a micro HDMI port, a micro USB port, quad-microphones, stereo speakers with Natural Sound, and a 2880 mAh battery.

BlackBerry claims the new phone will offer improved connectivity in low signal areas, faster data speeds, and up to 25 hours of mixed use on a charge.

The Z30 runs on the newest version of BlackBerry OS – 10.2, which will work its way down to older models in mid-October. Perhaps most significantly, the update brings an improved Android App Player which will allow apps developed for Android 4.2 to be used on a BlackBerry, effectively killing off the biggest point of contention about the alternative OS and its lack of content.

The BlackBerry Z30 is expected to start shipping to the UK and the Middle East before the end of September, and to other regions closer to the holiday season. Pricing has not yet been announced and will depend on local markets.


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Craig Munro, 2013-09-18 (Update: 2021-05-18)