Seemingly undeterred by the issues at hand, BlackBerry has revealed their new flagship unit - the Z30, together with the latest version of the BB10 OS (10.2). After previous models turned out to be a blind alley
, and after the company announced that they are willing to move from the public space
- apparently they still had a phablet smartphone in the pipeline to deliver. That they did, and the Z30 is the most powerful and largest BlackBerry device – even though that might not mean a lot in the end. The new unit carries over the design language of the Z10 - with no physical keyboard
Z30 is likely powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM9960DT) SoC, having a 1.7GHz dual-core Krait 300 CPU setup and carrying a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU. This is paired with 2GB of RAM, and components mostly familiar from the previous models – though the battery is much larger (2880mAh) - appropriate for hardware measuring 140.7 x 72 x 9.4mm. Company notes that the unit should last for up to 25 hours of “mixed usage” on a single charge. 5-inch AMOLED screen has a resolution of 1280x720 (which in turn gives around 295ppi). Another difference to previous models is presence of the new stereo speaker unit on the back. The Z30 also sports a new antenna technology, which “dynamically tunes reception to give you better connectivity in low signal areas”, Camera units are 8MP and 2MP and the Z30 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (no ac here), Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
UK and Middle East should be the first markets to get access to the new smartphone at an unknown price. Other regions can expect the Z30 to shop up in stores in the holiday season. The latest BB10 OS variant (10.2) is expected to show up during October for Z10, Q10 and Q5 owners.
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