If you were paying attention to the late summer leaks, then the BlackBerry above won’t strike you as a surprise. That’s because it’s the newly announced BlackBerry Z30, the official successor to the all-touch Z10, and it matches up quite closely to what we’ve already seen. The Z30 is the company’s first smartphone to ship with version 10.2 of the BB 10 OS (yes, the naming scheme is a bit confusing) and arrives with a larger 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED display. The device’s pixel density of 295ppi may pale in comparison to the more diminutive Z10’s 356ppi, but its internals are a different matter.
The Z30 takes a modest spec step up with a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro (paired with 2GB RAM) and Adreno 320 GPU, putting its performance somewhat on par with the Nexus 4 and Moto X (sans the X8). There’s also a beefier 2,880mAh battery inside, which the company claims is a first for its product line and, this time around, it’s integrated (read: non-removable). In terms of dimensions, the Z30 comes in with nearly the same silhouette as its predecessor (9.4mm vs 9.3mm), but is substantially taller and wider at 140.7mm x 72mm owing to that 5-inch display. Internal storage remains at 16GB, but users will have the option of augmenting that via microSD. And, as for radios, the Z30 will support 4G LTE (exact bands haven’t been specified), dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The Z30’s camera setup appears mostly similar to the Z10’s, with a 2-megapixel front facer capable of 720p video and an 8-megapixel rear module with an f2.2 lens that captures video in 1080p. %Gallery-slideshow85069%