BlackBerry Z30 announced with 5-inch Super AMOLED

Even as BlackBerry faces what could become major organizational changes, the Canadian smartphone maker is still releasing new devices. Today, BlackBerry announced plans to launch its latest product, the Z30, with a 5-inch Super AMOLED and running the latest BlackBerry 10.2 OS.

The Z30 is basically a larger version of the previously released Z10 smartphone. BlackBerry says that in addition to its bigger display, it has an 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and Adreno 320 GPU inside, along with 2GB of RAM. It also has 16GB of on-board storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera.

BlackBerry seems to be especially proud of the larger 2880mAh battery inside the Z30, which it claims will offers owners up to 25 hours of battery life in "mixed use". There's also some new antenna hardware inside the smartphone, which Blackberry says "dynamically tunes reception to give you better connectivity in low signal areas."

BlackBerry says the Z30 will go on sale next week in the UK and the Middle East, with other territories around the world getting the phone in the weeks ahead. Pricing and specific launch dates were not announced. BlackBerry 10.2, which will be installed in the Z30 from the start, will be released as a free update for owners of the company's Z10, Q10 and Q5 phones in mid-October.

Source: BlackBerry | Image via BlackBerry

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BB is toast and will be divided up after November. Their own stock holders have said they want the company sold ASAP. This could be the greatest phone ever but anyone that buys one is pretty stupid as the company behind the phone won;t be around in a year.

Even if it was true and they company just closed up shop and no one took over for them why would it matter if they were gone in a year? People aim to buy a new phone every year (see Iphone and Galaxy sales model) I was reading it has even more tricks up sleeve like. Miracast, WIFI Direct. And carries over DLNA and Time shift Camera from the existing devices. Hopefully there will still be a surprise or 2 left in the bag...

25 hour battery life? Props to them for being the only company to give realistic battery life estimates, I'll give them that...

Wow, guys, I really didn't know this. F*** the media!! lol
I like the BB design, specially the physical keyboard. But I'm used to android and not having any app readily available via Google Play is kind of touch to jump ship.

68k said,
Can BlackBerry OS run Android apps?

Just wanted to clarify..

The 10.1 OS does not come with the 4.2.2 Runtime, it comes with the 2.2 Runtime.. The 10.2 Beta, you can install the 4.2.2 runtime. When the 10.2 OS is released, 4.2.2 will be included.

unless.. the app store downloaded the apk to a folder, and you and add an app that watched said folder, and converted the apk to bar and installed it.. trying to get it to work.. lol

I hope Black Berry stays in the game. Loved the Z10 hardware and this one is bound to be good as well. This sheep herd consumer behavior is really annoying.

No the company isn't going bankrupt. Alot of people forget that blackberry is a much larger company then just making smartphones.

People should also checkout the otherside of the business. QNX.com Also when people hear about layoffs from blackberry, that could also mean people from QNX could have been layed off but noone really knows for sure.

Snake89 said,
No the company isn't going bankrupt. Alot of people forget that blackberry is a much larger company then just making smartphones.

People should also checkout the otherside of the business. QNX.com Also when people hear about layoffs from blackberry, that could also mean people from QNX could have been layed off but noone really knows for sure.


What he said

That's the difference between media hype and reality. Blackberry is a 11 billion dollar company and is nowhere near bankruptcy. The problem is they're down from their peak in 2011 and stockholders want them to regain those sales. The big bucks is in consumer but they just don't have a consumer mindset.

DJ Dark said,
More like because it's little late to the game and the only gimmick they have going for them is BBM...

Actually... That battery time is quite pleasing...

DJ Dark said,
More like because it's little late to the game and the only gimmick they have going for them is BBM...

I'd hardly classify BBM as a gimmick. Surely you've noticed the constant flood of news stories since BBM was announched for both iPhone and Android. The fact every other messaging app is still trying to catch up the features it included from essentially day one is a testament to how BBM is more than a gimmick.

Actually Blackberry make great phones.. Did anyone of you know that they can run Android apps? I love the interface, OS, battery life, and the stability.

fusi0n said,
Actually Blackberry make great phones.. Did anyone of you know that they can run Android apps? I love the interface, OS, battery life, and the stability.

Yep, the Android execution environment kind of makes it a no risk buy. The only issue they have is they don't pay attention to fixing annoying details. For example having to reset the dropbox folder every time you want to upload a picture or the inability to turn off the annoying camera shutter sound. Sure it's required in Canada but why should everyone have to put up with an annoyance because the Canadian government is dumb.

BobSlob said,
Gorgeous phone, awesome specs, that'll fail because BB is the new Microsoft... the company everyone loves to hate.

The problem I see with BB is that they're still doing their own OS. To techies its an interesting OS to play around with but to the average consumer its a mystery. They should have dropped the OS and adapt WP or Droid. Then incorporate services like BBM or new ones. So many people want a keyboard phone and in the right markets it would sell. To bad they are stubborn and now may be bought out in pieces.

Spicoli said,

... or the inability to turn off the annoying camera shutter sound. Sure it's required in Canada but why should everyone have to put up with an annoyance because the Canadian government is dumb.

Is it required in Canada for the camera shutter sound to be on?

If so, I had no idea... That is communist (And I'm only half joking)

Edit --> It's not illegal: http://crackberry.com/how-sile...shutter-sound-blackberry-10

It's a common misconception that there is a law in Canada governing it for privacy issues.

Edited by thomastmc, Sep 18 2013, 11:42pm :

thomastmc said,

Is it required in Canada for the camera shutter sound to be on?

If so, I had no idea... That is communist (And I'm only half joking)

Edit --> It's not illegal: http://crackberry.com/how-sile...shutter-sound-blackberry-10

It's a common misconception that there is a law in Canada governing it for privacy issues.

Perhaps Spicoli lives in the EU. Pretty sure the EU has laws that force that. All my phones imported from the UK have had that problem/feature.

Edit: Just read your link. That's a way around the inability to disable the sound - through a different camera app - not disproving that there isn't such a law in Canada.

Fred 69 said,

Perhaps Spicoli lives in the EU. Pretty sure the EU has laws that force that. All my phones imported from the UK have had that problem/feature.

Edit: Just read your link. That's a way around the inability to disable the sound - through a different camera app - not disproving that there isn't such a law in Canada.



Oops, you're right about the link. Sorry.

There is no law such as this. It was a rumor started by the introduction of this bill (link below), but was never enacted into law.

If there is any formal documentation of the law (as there normally is with a real law) please provide it. I couldn't find one other government (Canadian or otherwise) site or credible news source that referenced it. If it does exist, I would be really interested to know.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/...R00414:@@@L&summ2=m&;