BlackBerry makes a bigger 5-inch Z30 smartphone: We drool, sort of

Blackberry Z30 has just arrived in our offices and has gotten almost everyone semi excited.  Well, not that much of the excitement since its just a larger Z10.  In a strategy to expand its Smartphone

Line up the Canadian company has released the Blackberry Z30. This is the fourth BlackBerry 10 device, and it’s the largest and most powerful BlackBerry ever. The stretched z10 comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display and an all new 1.7GHz processor capable of quad-core graphics. Battery life can put most android smart phones to shame with a  2,880mAh capable of to 25 hours between charges according to blackberry. It is also LTE capable.

The phone also has stereo speakers also known as Natural Sound. The sound sweetening is made to improve voice and video calls made over BBM. It allegedly makes callers feel like they are talking face to face, though in reality they may be many far away. There is also a new antenna that promises faster data speeds and fewer dropped calls.

The Z30 also comes with a new version of the BlackBerry platform with version 10.2. This next iteration offers a number of enhancements, including a tweaked BlackBerry Hub. There is also a new Priority Hub feature learns users habits overtime to present the what it deems are the most important messages culled from email, social networks, and other accounts. BBM has also been improved as it can  now provide pop-up previews of new messages and details of receiving messages from the phone’s lock screen.

 

We expect the Z30will be available  in the coming weeks here in Uganda on some carriers, though I think those with LTE will benefit more from the speeds it oozes out. The pricing of this device will also be announced soon depending on the carriers. The new BlackBerry 10.2 software update is expected to be available for the Z10, Q10, and Q5 starts in mid-next month.

It’s still unfortunate, that the demand for the Z10 and its comrade, the Q10, has not been very high among consumers, even here in Africa compared to other Smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy series. It’s for such reasons that Blackberry has openly admitted to pursuing a buyout option. We, however doubt if the Z30 will put Blackberry out of these hard times.

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