Blackberry Z30 official, 5-inch screen and more powerful internals in tow

Jordan O'Brien
September 18, 2013

The Blackberry Z30 has been leaked countless times, but now Blackberry has finally confirmed that the device is actually real — and it’s just like its Z10 predecessor.

The Z30 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display capable of a resolution of 1,280 x 720 — although it won’t be as crisp as the Z10. The Z30’s pixel density is set at 295ppi, which is much lower than the 356ppi, but you are getting a significant increase in screen size, at 5 inches as opposed to the 4.2 inches of the Blackberry Z10.

It’s not just about the display though, with the Z30 being Blackberry’s first device running version 10.2 of the BB 10 OS, which brings some significant improvements to the fledgling OS — including an upgraded Android app emulator.

Unlike the Z10, the Z30 won’t be crippled by slow internals, being powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM. There’s also a dedicated GPU on board, with the Adreno 320.

The performance of the Blackberry Z30 should compare to that of similar flagship devices, notably those from Google — with the Moto X and Nexus 4 being comparable in performance, although the Nexus 4 is over a year old now.

Battery life should also be greatly improved, with a larger 2,880mAh battery, as opposed to the 1,800 mAh one found in the Blackberry Z10.

The Z30’s design should be very familiar to those of you who have used the Z10, with a very similar external design. Turn the phone around though and you will notice something different, the battery is no longer removable.

The Z30 is almost as thick as its predecessor at 9.4mm, as opposed to 9.3mm although it is both taller and wider than its predecessor.

Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band WiFi, NFC and 3G LTE connectivity are all on-board, as well as an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and 2-megapixel front facing one.

The Blackberry Z30 will be available from next week in the UK and Middle East, but will roll out to other markets during the holiday season.

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