Thursday, September 19, 2013

BlackBerry makes the Z30 official

BlackBerry made the Z30 smartphone a reality on Wednesday, when it announced (via Engadget) that the previously leaked device was in fact real. With its press release, BlackBerry validated many of the rumors that had been circling for some time.

The BlackBerry Z30 will be the struggling company's first smartphone that ships with BlackBerry OS 10.2. It sports a 5-inch 1280 x 720 screen vs. the early Z10's 4.2-inch 1280 x 768 display. That means the Z30's pixel density falls into the sub-Retina area (for those who care about such matters), at 295 ppi. The Z10 had a density of 356 ppi.

Both devices sport Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors, but the Z30 has been given a slight upgrade when compared to the Z10. The Z30 will come with a dual-core 1.7GHz 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, while the Z10 has a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with an Adreno 225 GPU.

Since the screen is bigger, you'd expect the Z30 to be bigger and heavier, and it is. Its dimensions are 140.7mm x 72mm x 9.4mm, while the Z10 comes in at 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm. The Z30 weighs in at 170g, compared to the Z10 which weighs 136g.

BlackBerry's press release claims the Z30 has the company's largest batter ever, and it's certainly a bump (or mountain) up from the Z10. The Z10 came with an 1800mAh removable battery. Meanwhile, the Z30 sports a 2800mAh battery -- but -- it's not user-removable, which is a big negative for many.

According to the company, the Z30 will give an end user up to 16 days of standby time and up to 18 hours of talk time. The Z10 offers 13 days of standby time and 10 hours of talk time.

The device also carries an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. It will also sport 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, just as the Z10 does, with microSD slots for further expansion.

However, BlackBerry is leaving it to its carrier partners to announce specific pricing and release information. It's known that the Z30 will hit the Middle East and the U.K., in black, sometime next week, though.

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