BlackBerry Z30

Announced:
Sep 18, 2013
Market status:
Released

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5
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BlackBerry Z30

Announced: Sep 18, 2013
Market status: Released

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5
Read Full Review
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2880 mAh
  • Fingerprint
  • Lightweight
  • Thin
  • LTE
  • Waterproof
  • NFC
  • Dual SIM

Display

  • benchmark

Display size:

5.0 inches

Resolution:

720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density:

295 ppi

Technology:

Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio:

67.71 %

Features:

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

  • benchmark

Rear:

Single camera

Main camera:

8 megapixels

Hardware Features:

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications:

Aperture size: F2.2

Flash:

LED

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 oz (172 g)

Hardware & Performance

System chip:

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T

Processor:

Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300

GPU:

Adreno 320

RAM:

2 GB

Internal storage:

16 GB

Storage expansion:

up to 128 GB

OS:

BlackBerry (10.3, 10.2)

Battery

Capacity:

2880 mAh

Talk time:

18.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1323 min)

Stand-by time:

16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 21 days (509 h)

Music playback:

90.00 hours

Video playback:

12.00 hours

Cellular

LTE (FDD):

Bands 20, 8, 3, 7

UMTS:

800, 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM:

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Data:

LTE, HSPA, UMTS

SIM type:

Micro SIM

Connectivity

Bluetooth:

4.0

Wi-Fi:

802.11 a, b, g, n, dual-band

USB:

USB 2.0

Connector:

microUSB

Features:

Mass storage device, USB charging

HDMI:

Micro HDMI (Type D)

Location:

GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass, E911

Other:

NFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Altimeter, Compass

Notifications:

Notification light, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone

Hearing aid compatibility:

M3, T4

Other features:

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

Multimedia

  • benchmark

Screen mirroring:

DLNA, Wireless screen share, TV-out

Speakers:

Earpiece, Multiple speakers

Headphones connector:

3.5mm

Additional microphone(s):

for Noise cancellation

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:

Date approved:

Nov 12, 2013

FCC ID value:

L6ARFY110LW link

FCC measured SAR:

Head:

0.77 W/kg

Body:

1.23 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission:

1.58 W/kg

Wireless Router:

1.23 W/kg

This device is also known as BlackBerry A10, BlackBerry Aristo

ALTERNATIVE VARIANTS

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

BlackBerry Z30 RGB141LW

For Sprint

Differences from the main variant:

FCC approval:

Date approved:

Sep 30, 2013

FCC ID value:

L6ARGB140LW link

FCC measured SAR:

Head:

1.33 W/kg

Body:

0.86 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission:

1.56 W/kg

Wireless Router:

1.34 W/kg

BlackBerry Z30 RFV120LW

For AT&T

Differences from the main variant:

FCC approval:

Date approved:

Dec 19, 2013

FCC ID value:

L6ARFV120LW link

FCC measured SAR:

Head:

0.94 W/kg

Body:

0.61 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission:

1.38 W/kg

Wireless Router:

1.11 W/kg

US CARRIER AVAILABILITY

Discontinued

Pros

No Pros

Cons

  • Thick body (0.37 inches)
  • Too little RAM
  • Low pixel density screen (295 ppi)

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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