BlackBerry Z30 With 5" Screen & BB 10.2 Officially Announced

BlackBerry looks to rebound by entering the phablet market with the all new Z30 smartphone. Although BlackBerry has announced plans to sell off the company, this obviously is not hindering the creation of new smartphones. The Canadian manufacturer will look to challenge the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note, Xperia Z and the new LG G2 with its very own 5-inch phablet device.

BlackBerry Z30 to sport Super AMOLED Display

The new Z30 borrows similar styling points of the current Z10 but sports a bigger and brighter display. The 5-inch 720p display takes a page from Samsung as it will sport a Super AMOLED LCD capacitive touchscreen just like the Galaxy S4. The phone also runs the latest version of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, BlackBerry 10.2, which includes many new features and updates.

BlackBerry Z30 features

When it comes to power the Z30 will sport a 1.7 GHz processor dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with quad-core graphics, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and stereo speakers. This puts the Z30 on par with other flagship devices that launched about 6 months ago. Newer smartphones like the Note 3, LG G2 and Xperia Z1 are already rocking the latest chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800. The Z30 will feature an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, microHDMI output, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0LE, 4G LTE radio, NFC support, and a 2880 mAh battery which claims 25 hours of use.

Blackberry Z30 pricing and availability

BlackBerry has not given any specific dates or prices on the launch of the new Z30. They have stated that the device will launch at retailers beginning next week in the U.K. and Middle East. The rest of the world should expect a “pre-holiday season” release date. No official carriers have been named in any region yet as well. As with the Z10, I would expect the device to land at all four major carriers here in the US sometime in November. Check out the Z30 in action below in the latest TV spot from BlackBerry.

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