The BlackBerry Z30, the company’s newest flagship all-touch smartphone, is making a splash with a 5-inch screen.
Unveiled Wednesday, the jumbo Z30 also features better sound with stereo speakers, a bigger battery and a fresher version of its BlackBerry 10 operating system.
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The new model is billed as the company’s most capable and biggest phone to date. It arrives at a time when the smartphone maker is “exploring strategic alternatives” for itself, CNET reported
. Speculation has ranged from the company looking for a buyer to it forming a partnership.
Whatever its fate, the latest offering is part of the big-screen trend pioneered by Samsung. The Z30 rocks a 5-inch Super AMOLED display and is the first to run the 10.2 version of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Its “top-of-the-line components” include a 1.7-gigahertz processor and quad-core graphics. The phone also features a larger 2,880 mAh battery, which gets 25 hours of mixed use.
The Z30 will launch at select carriers and retailers in the U.K. and the Middle East starting next week, with other regions coming ahead of the holiday season, CBS News reported
. The Canadian carriers will release their availability dates “shortly,” and details for a U.S. release could come soon, according to a representative.
Verizon announced via Twitter that the phone will be arriving shortly.
Online reaction to the smartphone was mixed.
One commenter at Engadget said:
“Looking at the average engadget commenter, they have already made their minds up on BlackBerry and that's a real shame. This OS is simply a dream and this device allows a wider audience to experience it. This is one underdog I am glad, and confident to cheer for.”
Wrote another: “This phone is a great phone that will not sell well because Blackberry can't market. People still think they are making the same crap phones they made 3 years ago. I wish them the best and I love my Z10 but most people still think BlackBerry sucks. They can't beat the image problem.”
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