At the beginning of the year BlackBerry made a huge effort to produce a phone which could break away from the QWERTY keyboard equipped devices which brought them so much success in the first place and find a new audience. While there are still new BlackBerry phones with full QWERTY keyboards being produced, the Z10 became the new flagship BlackBerry device and the platform to present the BB10 operating system to the world. The successor to the Z10 is the Z30 (we can only wonder what happened to the Z20, perhaps it’ll come later) a similar but larger and more powerful device.
Visually the Z30 isn’t totally dissimilar to the Z10, but looks a lot less like an HTC One missing the speaker grills than the Z10 did (well the silver version at least), it’s an attractive phone but there’s not much that stands out about it. The Z30 has a fantastic 5-inch Super AMOLED screen which unfortunately is only 720p but that still puts it ahead of many popular devices including the brand new iPhone 5S. Inside the Z30 is a 1.7Ghz quad-core processor paired with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM giving it enough power to run 3D games with ease along with video, web browsing and anything else you throw at it. There’s a 2,880mAh battery powering the Z30 which should provide a decent amount of battery life. In terms of size the X30 is only 0.1mm thicker than the Z10 but to accommodate the larger screen the phone is both taller and wider although this puts it on par with other high-end devices.
There is 16GB of on-board storage but unlike many new phones you can add a microSD card to increase capacity if you need it. The Z30 supports 4G, Wifi, Bluetooth, and NFC as you would expect from a high-end device and has an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front facing camera. BlackBerry say the Z30 has a superior antenna to its predecessor resulting in better reception while there are also audio enhancements for BBM voice and video chats. The Z30 comes with with latest version of the BB10 OS which has various improvements although the Z10 and Q10 will also receive a 10.2 update so it isn’t the only place to get your hands on BB10.2.
An exact release date has not been confirmed but the BlackBerry Z30 is believed to be coming to the UK in the next few weeks. The Z30 is a very solid device but with so many users now loyal to either Android or iOS it’s going to take something special to tempt customers away from Apple and Google.