BlackBerry is no stranger to the smartphone world – the company did make some of the best smartphones ever, especially when that was the only choice for the business community. Although they’ve gradually fallen since then, the recent attempts seem to indicate that BlackBerry is looking to get back in business, and it’s serious this time around. Their latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Z30, has just gone official, and if the specs indicate anything, it might be a phone worth looking out for.
Announced as the successor to the BlackBerry Z10, the device looks and feels quite similar to what the last flagship had to offer. In terms of dimensions, it measures at a reasonable 5-inch display, which makes the device not too difficult to operate and carry around. The screen boasts a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, with a pixel density of 295 ppi. While not bad, this does not even come close to matching the true HD 1080p displays of the recent Android flagships, and even pales in comparison to BlackBerry Z10’s 356ppi. Still, it’s not really bad, and the display should measure up to your expectations just fine. The screen is Super AMOLED, so expect very decent and sharp blacks as before.
On the software front, the device will be running BB10 OS version 10.2, which is definitely a weird naming convention. Nevertheless, it’s the latest that the company has to offer as of this writing.
What’s inside the shell of the device is what sets Z30 completely apart from the previous-gen Z10. The device runs a dual-core Spandragon S4 Pro SoC clocked at 1.7GHz, coupled with a 2GB DDR3 RAM module. The GPU is Adreno 320, all of which combined makes it very capable at handling pretty much everything that you throw at the BlackBerry Z30. The powerhouse is fueled by a 2,880mAh battery, which is non-removable, by the way. BB Z30 features internal memory of a modest 16GB (by today’s standards, at least), but can be increased up to 32GB more using a micro SD card.
On the connectivity front, you get high-speed 4G LTE and dual-band Wi-Fi radio with a/b/g/n support. To keep things friendly on the battery, Bluetooth 4.0 is included, and the device carries Near Field Communication (NFC) as well. The last in the detail is the device’s camera, which features one rear-facing module capable of stills at 8-megapixels, while video recording is 1080p. The front-facing module is 2MP, and can record video at a decent 720p resolution.
So, now that you know it, will you buy it?