BlackBerry Z30

Announced:
Sep 18, 2013
Status:
Released

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5
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Display

Size:

5.0 inches

Resolution:

720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density:

295 PPI

Technology:

Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body:

67.71 %

Features:

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware & Performance

System chip:

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T

Processor:

Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300

GPU:

Adreno 320

RAM:

2GB

Internal storage:

16GB

Storage expansion:

microSDXC up to 128 GB

OS:

BlackBerry (10.3, 10.2)

Battery

Capacity:

2880 mAh

Type:

Not user replaceable

Camera

Rear:

Single camera

Main camera:

8 megapixels

Features:

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Video recording:

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Features:

Video calling

Front:

2 megapixels

Design

Dimensions:

5.53 x 2.83 x 0.37 inches (140.7 x 72 x 9.4 mm)

Weight:

6.00 oz (170 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)

Features:

Notification light

Cellular

LTE (FDD):

Bands 20(800 DD), 8(900), 3(1800), 7(2600)

UMTS:

800, 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

Data Speed:

LTE, HSPA, UMTS

SIM type:

Micro SIM

Multimedia

Headphones:

3.5mm jack

Features:

Album art cover, Background playback

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth:

4.0

Wi-Fi:

802.11 a, b, g, n, dual-band; Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct

USB:

microUSB, USB 2.0

Features:

Mass storage device, Charging

HDMI:

Micro HDMI (Type D)

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Altimeter, Compass

Other:

NFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Notifications:

Haptic feedback, (MP3)

Other features:

Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD

This device is also known as BlackBerry A10, BlackBerry Aristo

ALTERNATIVE VARIANTS

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

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For Sprint

Differences from the main variant:

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For AT&T

Differences from the main variant:

US CARRIER AVAILABILITY

Discontinued

Cons

  • Thick body (0.37 inches)

Description

The BlackBerry Z30 includes a 5-inch 720p (295 ppi) AMOLED display, the largest of any BB phone, and also the now aging aged Snapdragon S4 Pro with the four CPUs running at 1.7GHz. Blackberry is yet to shed light on whether we're talking about a dual-core or quad-core, though the less potent version seems likely. In terms of memory, you'll find 2GB RAM, with just 16GB of internal storage, though you can expand that via a microSD card. BlackBerry claims that the battery on the Z30, at 2880mAh, coupled with software optimizations, offers 50% more battery life than its current competitors, though manufactures have a pretty shady track record when it comes to this particular bit of hardware, and its actual capabilities. Turning to the camera on the Z30, an increasingly relevant component of the entire package a smartphone offers lately, we're welcomed by a 8MP rear camera with Auto Focus, 5x digital zoom and a an LED flash. The large five element lens with an aperture of f/2.2 mean that the unit will capture a lot of light, resulting in great shots. The snapper, as is to be expected, is capable of 1080p video capture, and comes with what BB chose to call “Time Shift” – a feature that basically allows you to choose and adjust faces from several snaps, so say goodbye to ill-timed shots. In terms of connectivity and extras, the Z30 is anything but lacking – you get GPS, 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi, of course, but also Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy), NFC, and the rather nice perk that is a microHDMI port.

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