Blackberry has just announced their 2nd device in the Blackberry Z-series after releasing the Z10 earlier this year. With the Blackberry Z20 lost in the mail, and the announcement of Blackberry laying off 40% of their workforce, Blackberry had to release some positive news to draw attention away from these negativities, so they announced the new Blackberry Z30 instead. Now you might be wondering, what exactly is it?
Blackberry Z30 — Blackberry Z10 super-sized?
The Blackberry Z30 ships with Blackberry OS 10.2 — the newest version of Blackberry OS, a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro processor at 1.7ghz — o.2ghz faster than the Blackberry z10, the familiar 2 gigabytes of ram, and a 5 inch SuperAMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels — to brag to those with Apple iPhones. On paper, the device is just a larger version of the Blackberry Z10; however, there are a few improvements to the design such as including two speakers instead of one, and a larger battery. Specification-wise, it is a mid-end phablet that is appealing to those who are loyal to the Blackberry OS, and wants a larger phone than the Blackberry Z10. Pricing details have not been announced; thus, this provides Blackberry’s marketing team some room to refine their pricing strategy. Of course, we want to see how thick and weighty this Blackberry Smartphone has become after it sucked down many McDonalds’ double cheeseburgers. So here’s a quick comparison.
|Phone||Dimensions||Thickness||Weight||Screen Size||Screen Resolution|
|Blackberry Z30||140.7 mm x 72 mm||9.4 mm||170g||5.0 “||1280 x 720 px|
|Blackberry Z10||130 mm x 65.6 mm||9 mm||136 g||4.2 “||1280 x 768 px|
|Apple iPhone 5S||123.8 mm x 58.6 mm||7.6 mm||112 g||4.0 “||1136 x 640 px|
|Apple iPhone 5C||124.4 mm x 59.2 mm||8.97 mm||132 g||4.0 “||1136 x 640 px|
|Apple iPhone 5||123.8 mm x 58.6 mm||7.6 mm||112 g||4.0 “||1136 x 640 px|
|Apple iPhone 4S||115.2 mm x 58.6 mm||9.3 mm||140 g||3.5 “||960 x 640 px|
|Samsung Galaxy Note III||151.2 mm x 79.2 mm||8.3 mm||168 g||5.57 “||1920 x 1080 px|
|Samsung Galaxy Note II||151.1 mm x 80.5 mm||9.4 mm||180 g||5.55 “||1280 x 720 px|
|Samsung Galaxy SIV||136.6 mm x 69.8 mm||7.9 mm||130 g||5.0 “||1920 x 1080 px|
|Samsung Galaxy SIII||136.6 mm x 70.6 mm||8.6 mm||133 g||4.8 “||1280 x 720 px|
|HTC One||137.4 mm x 68.2 mm||9.3 mm||143 g||4.7 “||1920 x 1080 px|
|HTC One X||134.36 mm x 69.9 mm||8.9 mm||130 g||4.7 “||1280 x 720 px|
|Sony Xperia Z1||144 mm x 74 mm||8.5 mm||170 g||5.0 “||1920 x 1080 px|
|Sony Xperia Z Ultra||179 mm x 92.2 mm||6.5 mm||212 g||6.4 “||1920 x 1080 px|
|Sony Xperia Z||139 mm x 71 mm||7.9 mm||146 g||5.0 “||1920 x 1080 px|
|LG Nexus 4||133.9 mm x 68.7 mm||9.1 mm||139 g||4.7 “||1280 x 768 px|
Blackberry Z30: War of the Z – weight and dimensions
The Blackberry Z30’s dimensions are similar to the Sony Xperia Z, but weighs 24 grams heavier, and 1.5 mm thicker. This added thickness and weight is due to its 2880 mAh battery. Interestingly, the suggested battery life of the Blackberry Z30 is up to 18 hour talk-time, up to 16 days (384 hours) standby, and up to 90 hours audio playback, in contrast to the Sony Xperia Z, the Xperia Z has a standby time to up 550 hours, but only up to 14 hours talk-time. We must emphasize that the Sony Xperia Z has a full high-definition 1080p display, and the Blackberry Z30 only has a 720p display; thus, this makes the Blackberry Z30 a tough choice for most consumers unless priced below the Sony Xperia Z. But even if Blackberry prices the Blackberry Z30 in accordance to its hardware shortcomings, will the Blackberry ecosystem be holding it back?