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BlackBerry Z30: 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2,880mAh battery and BB 10.2

Jamie Condliffe-, Gawker Media

BlackBerry Z30: 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2,880mAh battery and BB 10.2

While there have been leaks aplenty over the summer, BlackBerry has now officially announced the successor to its all-touch Z10. Say hello to the Z30.

To be honest, it matches up fairly closely with what we've seen already. Externally, it measures 140.7mm x 72mm x 9.4 mm. Inside, it packs a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU and 16GB of storage. That's all powered by a 2,880mAh battery.

In terms of cameras, there's an 8-megapixel rear facer which captures video at 1080p, and a 2-megapixel front facer that manages 720p video. In terms of connectivity, it'll support 4G LTE, dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. It's the first phone to ship with version 10.2 of the BB 10 OS, which offers a few notable software upgrades. So, there's BB Priority Hub-a bit like Gmail's Priority Inbox, applied across all your communication-and broad enhancement to message previews and BBM, among other things.

Currently there are no pricing details available. It'll first land in the Middle East and UK sometime next week, but should be available before the holidays in the US. [Engadget]

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