BlackBerry has announced a new smartphone, the BlackBerry Z30, and it’s the first BlackBerry phone to feature a truly large touchscreen display. While the 4.2-inch BlackBerry Z10 can’t be called small, it is by today’s standards, but the 5-inch display found on the Z30 means it’s up with the Galaxy S4 and the Xperia Z. At least, it is in terms of screen size, as the 720p resolution doesn’t quite stand up against the very best Android phones available.
The BlackBerry Z30 has been leaked before as the BlackBerry A10, and just last week, a rumour suggested the phone was being tested by the networks, indicating it was close to being officially announced. To go along with the big screen, it has a dual-core, 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM, which should be more than enough to power the new BlackBerry 10.2 operating system.
BlackBerry 10.2 has various new features, including the new Priority Hub, which automatically pushes the most important messages, emails and notifications to the front, and is accessed by a new icon on the home screen. Also, notifications on the lock screen now show a preview when tapped. BlackBerry also promises version 10.2 will put less strain on the battery.
Continuing on from this, the Z30 has a big 2880mAh battery for up to 25 hours regular use, an 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of memory, a microSD card slot, NFC, and a 2-megapixel video call camera. The phone will go on sale in the UK before the end of the month, and is already available as a SIM-free phone through Selfridges for £600.