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It will be released starting next week

BlackBerry has finally announced specs and a release date for its new flagship BlackBerry 10 (BB10) device, the Z30 -- and it's hoping for better reception from customers than the Z10 and Q10 could muster. 

BlackBerry's Z30 will be the new big boy on the company's block, becoming the new top-of-the-line flagship phone for BlackBerry -- a spot once held by the Z10, which launched earlier this year. 

The Z30 sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED touch display, a 1.7 GHz processor and BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2. 

It also has the largest battery seen in a BlackBerry smartphone yet at 2880 mAh -- for 25 hours of mixed use -- allowing you to power extras like BlackBerry Priority Hub (manages all your conversations and notifications in one place) and BBM (messaging service specific to BlackBerry devices). 

“The new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone builds on the solid foundation and engaging user experience of the BlackBerry 10 platform with features like the powerful BlackBerry Hub, its exceptional touchscreen keyboard and industry leading browser,” said Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry.

“The smartphone 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 5” touch display, the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone gives you a best in class productivity experience on the go.”

The Z30, which is meant to compete with the likes of high-end smartphones like Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy line, will launch starting next week in the UK and Middle East. It will launch in other markets closer to the holiday season. 

The Z30 is an important phone launch for BlackBerry. Not only is it an attempt to steal back market share from the competitors that knocked BlackBerry down to where it is now, but BlackBerry is struggling to the point of considering an outright sale. 

Earlier this month, the company's board of directors announced the formation of a Special Committee to explore strategic alternatives to enhance the value and accelerate the development of BB10. The announcement came only a few days after a report surfaced that BlackBerry might go private in an attempt to fix its problems away from the public. 


Only days ago, Reuters reported that bidders for the sale of BlackBerry want only parts of the Canadian company instead of the whole thing. More specifically, they're interested in BlackBerry's operating system and the patents for its keyboard. This further shows that BlackBerry is in such a bad spot that bidders only want to pick it for its valuable parts rather than buy the whole thing and try to fix it. 

The first two BB10 releases -- the Z10 and Q10 -- have failed to grab consumer attention, but hopefully the Z30 will make a bigger splash in the smartphone market. 

Source: BlackBerry

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RE: great timing!
By retrospooty on 9/18/2013 10:10:18 AM , Rating: 5
"only a year after everyone stopped caring."

3-4 years, but yes.

Also, a Q4 2013 flagship with a dual core CPU and 5 inch screen at only 1280x720 ? LOL BB is still stuck in early 2012.

RE: great timing!
By arazok on 9/18/2013 10:17:00 AM , Rating: 2
25 hours of mixed use is pretty impressive.

RE: great timing!
By ClownPuncher on 9/18/2013 2:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
That's the main selling point for me. At least with this type of phone.

RE: great timing!
By flyingpants1 on 9/18/2013 4:28:34 PM , Rating: 1
By "mixed use", they mean 20 of those hours are with the screen turned off and SoC sleeping.

RE: great timing!
By GulWestfale on 9/18/2013 10:18:12 AM , Rating: 2
i hear you... but hey, those are still better specs than a dual-core CPU, 4 inch at 640x1136 screen, like that fruit company is offering.

RE: great timing!
By jimbojimbo on 9/18/2013 11:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
Well, a 4" screen with 1136x640 still looks better than a 5" screen with 1280x720.

RE: great timing!
By danbob999 on 9/18/2013 7:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
No it doesn't Just hold the 5" screen a little further if you prefer.
1280x720 can hold more content therefore look better. You might prefer the smaller display because it allows for a smaller phone, but less pixels do not look better.

RE: great timing!
By exeedorbit on 9/18/2013 1:36:38 PM , Rating: 1
You forget that the A7 is a 64 bit SOC. And while its clockspeeds don't scream crazy, they've been pegged at that point for a combination of best performance and best battery life. I hate apple and everything they do, but your comment was just downright ignorant.

RE: great timing!
By flyingpants1 on 9/18/2013 4:38:12 PM , Rating: 2
Specs don't matter as much nowadays (or rather, even less than before). Brand and features matter more.

Nobody can tell the difference between the display on an iPhone or BB10 or any other phone now. When it comes to display, lower resolution = higher performance.

Nobody can tell the difference in performance between a Moto X, iPhone or BB. The Moto X is dual core, yet manages to clock itself higher than the flagships, because they throttle so much. Android is barely a multi-tasking OS - you can only use one app at a time, each app takes up the whole screen - so of course higher-clocked duals are fine for now.

Needless to say, nobody can tell the difference between pictures taken with any flagship smartphone.

I'd be happy with a Moto X.

RE: great timing!
By Samus on 9/18/2013 5:23:22 PM , Rating: 2
The key problem most of my clients have with their Z10 is the lack of decent Navigation. Blackberry used to have Google Maps. Where is it now?

RE: great timing!
By boeush on 9/18/2013 8:08:06 PM , Rating: 2
IMO, Google should just buy BB and migrate the Android runtime onto the BB10 OS (instead of its current Linux underpinnings), thereby forming a next-gen "Android" architecture.

A native and highly efficient UI layer, plus the already-available native security/multitasking/communication layers of BB10, plus native ability to run Android apps in an optimized environment = win-win-win all around.

It would be the best of both worlds, and would also be the definitive end of Apple and Microsoft's efforts in mobile. Frankly, for Google a BB acquisition would make a whole lot more sense than their Motorola Mobility acquisition. Really, I'm surprised that Google hasn't moved on this already: it's not like they don't have enough cash...

RE: great timing!
By retrospooty on 9/19/2013 5:07:29 PM , Rating: 2
"IMO, Google should just buy BB and migrate the Android runtime onto the BB10 OS (instead of its current Linux underpinnings), thereby forming a next-gen "Android" architecture."

Why? They already have the industry leading OS with 80% marketwhare... Why spend money to have the 3% anad shinking share of BB?

"A native and highly efficient UI layer, plus the already-available native security/multitasking/communication layers of BB10, plus native ability to run Android apps in an optimized environment = win-win-win all around."

I agree with you there, it would be nice to combine the best of both. That would benefit me a great deal and make me very happy, but I dont see it benefiting Google too much financially... Unless hey could get the whole BB IP set for a ridiculously cheap price.

RE: great timing!
By boeush on 9/19/2013 8:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
Well as you mention, they would certainly benefit from BB's IP set (for instance, by all accounts BB's on-screen keyboard is really, really good as well as really really patented...)

But as well, they would benefit from a much more efficient and performant underlying OS (built from the ground-up with RTOS capabilities and security in mind -- unlike Linux or even SELinux...) That means better multitasking, more reliable media streaming/playback/communications in background processes, and just an overall smoother and better user experience.

That would give them killer product so much ahead of the competition, that they would completely dominate the mobile handset/tablet market. But also, QNX being smaller, more efficient, and real-time-capable, it would be a better fit to smaller/cheaper devices like smart watches and whatnot. It's just more scale-able all around, again by design.

RE: great timing!
By iamkyle on 9/19/2013 9:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
Why? They already have the industry leading OS with 80% market share... Why spend money to have the 3% and shrinking share of BB?

Because it would IMPROVE it. Just because Android is the market leader, doesn't mean it has no issues. Android could learn a thing or 2 from BB10's inherently smooth multitasking.

RE: great timing!
By retrospooty on 9/19/2013 9:46:38 PM , Rating: 2
Of course it could improve, but i dont see Google or anyone else paying 100s of millions for it. Rimm has been trying to sell it for a long time, but they want way more than its worth.

RE: great timing!
By GTVic on 9/19/2013 2:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
The recent update to the BB Maps app seems to be fairly well received. Turn by turn, voice enabled, etc.

RE: great timing!
By troysavary on 9/18/2013 5:20:53 PM , Rating: 2
Funny how specs don't matter with Android fans when someone beats their devices in specs, like Apple with 64 bit, but specs suddenly become all-important when it is an Android device winning, like in quad core.

RE: great timing!
By danbob999 on 9/18/2013 7:11:31 PM , Rating: 2
Android is winning in overall CPU speed. The number of cores or bits is not what matters.
A 1 core, 1 MHz, 128 bit CPU would also be slower than Apple's new A7.

RE: great timing!
By troysavary on 9/18/2013 11:12:22 PM , Rating: 1
Android still manages to run like crap on 4 cores.

RE: great timing!
By retrospooty on 9/19/2013 11:35:56 AM , Rating: 2
That's odd, because Android runs great on 2 cores. Even an old GS3 (without Samsungs bloat) runs great on 2 cores. The Moto X has 2 cores and runs perfectly snappy fast.

Some phones use slow memory, and some bloat it out. The combo is bad, but Adroid itself isnt the issue, it's poor implementation.

You comment alot on technical issues that you have no clue about. I just notice its a problem with you. You should probably do some research before posting. It goes alot smoother for you , and saves the rest of us from having to over-explain things to a newb.

RE: great timing!
By boeush on 9/18/2013 8:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
BB10 is a much more efficient OS than, say, Android.

As such, it doesn't need as much (nor as power-hungry) hardware as Android does, to perform at any given level.

Same performance at less power == better battery life.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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