CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry announced the Z30 smartphone on Wednesday, a handset verging on phablet territory with its 5in Super AMOLED display.
Blackberry hasn't seen great success with its first Blackberry 10 smartphones, the Blackberry Z10 and Blackberry Q10, so much so that it has been forced to put itself up for sale, but the firm no doubt hopes to change that with the new Z30 smartphone.
In terms of specifications, the Blackberry Z30 features a 5in 1280x720 Super AMOLED display and a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor paired with "powerful quad-core graphics". There's an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, support for 4G LTE and a mini HDMI port onboard.
The Blackberry Z30 will also run the latest version of the firm's mobile operating system, Blackberry 10.2, before it's released for the Blackberry Q5, Q10 and Z10 handsets at some point in "mid-October." This furnishes the phone with Blackberry Natural Sound Technology for BBM voice, message previews and battery enhancements that the firm claims will prolong the life of the handset's 2,880mAh battery.
Carlo Charello, EVP for products at Blackberry said, "The Blackberry Z30 rounds out the Blackberry 10 portfolio and is designed for people looking for a smartphone that excels at communications, messaging and productivity.
"Having apps like the full Documents to Go suite that comes preinstalled, together with its 5in touch display, the Blackberry Z30 gives you a best in class productivity experience on the go," Charello added.
The Blackberry Z10 will be available in the UK from next week, although there's no word on pricing or availability yet. µ
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