For a long time BlackBerry stuck to making average-sized phones. The rumors claiming that the company was working on a phablet started making rounds a few months ago, and it turns out they were true. Though with no big party, BlackBerry announced its first big-screen device, the BlackBerry Z30, yesterday in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The phone will hit the stores on October 5th. The first markets to offer the handset will be Malaysia and Hong Kong, followed by the UK and the Middle East. The Z30 will be priced at about $620. Good news is that the phone also will be available from Verizon Wireless, though we are still waiting for the details about availability and pricing.
BlackBerry Z30 Phablet
The BlackBerry Z30 is the biggest phone BlackBerry ever made. The device sports a 5-inch AMOLED display with 720p resolution at 295 ppi. The handset is powered by a dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with quad-core Adreno GPU.
The Z30 offers 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory expandable via microSD slot up compatible with to 64 GB. The phone is equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper.
The device comes with a 2,880 mAh battery, which according to BlackBerry is capable of delivering up to 25 hours of usage time. The handset also packs stereo speakers and BlackBerry Natural Sound, reportedly with improved quality of BBM Voice and BBM Video chats thanks to a new antenna called the BlackBerry Paratek Antena.