BlackBerry Z30

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.

This device is also known as BlackBerry A10, BlackBerry Aristo

Cons

  • Thick body (0.37 inches)

Popular Comparisons

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Specs Compare

Display

Benchmarks
Size: 5.0 inches
Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels, 295 PPI
Technology: Super AMOLED
Screen-to-body: 67.71 %
Colors: 16 777 216
Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch
Features: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T
Processor: Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300
GPU: Adreno 320
RAM: 2GB LPDDR2
Internal storage: 16GB
Storage expansion: microSDXC up to 128 GB
Device type: Smartphone
OS: BlackBerry (10.3, 10.2) Screenshots

Battery

Capacity: 2880 mAh
Type: Not user replaceable

Camera

Benchmarks
Rear: Single camera Camera samples
Main camera: 8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
Specifications: Aperture size: F2.2
Video recording: 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Features: Video calling
Front: 2 MP
Video capture: 1280x720 (HD)
Dimensions: 5.53 x 2.83 x 0.37 inches (140.7 x 72 x 9.4 mm)
Weight: 6.00 oz (170.0 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

Benchmarks
Headphones: 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Earpiece, Multiple speakers
Features: Album art cover, Background playback
Screen mirroring: DLNA, Wireless screen share, TV-out
Additional microphone(s): for Noise cancellation

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)
Location: GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass, E911
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Altimeter, Compass
Other: NFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
Hearing aid compatible: M3, T4

Phone features

Notifications: Haptic feedback, (MP3)
Other features: Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:
Date approved: Nov 12, 2013
FCC ID value: L6ARFY110LW link
Measured SAR:
Head: 0.77 W/kg
Body: 1.23 W/kg
Simultaneous Transmission: 1.58 W/kg
Wireless Router: 1.23 W/kg

Availability

Officially announced: Sep 18, 2013
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Alternative variants

BlackBerry Z30 RGB141LW

For Sprint

Differences from the main variant:
FCC approval:
Date approved: Sep 30, 2013
FCC ID value: L6ARGB140LW link
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
Measured SAR:
Head: 0.94 W/kg
Body: 0.61 W/kg
Simultaneous Transmission: 1.38 W/kg
Wireless Router: 1.11 W/kg

Carrier Availability

Discontinued

Verizon

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