BlackBerry Z30 up for pre-order now, costs £600

BlackBerry Z30 Front RearBlackBerry has announced the BlackBerry Z30, its latest smartphone to run the BlackBerry 10 operating system, joining the Z10, Q10 and Q5. This time, it’s a full touchscreen device, just like the Z10, but with a considerably larger screen. That’s right, BlackBerry has made a smartphone/tablet hybrid, as the Z30 has a 5-inch Super AMOLED display.

However, rather than the 1080p resolution seen on some other 5-inch phones such as the Galaxy S4, the Z30 has a 720p resolution, which is the same as the HTC One Mini and the Nexus 4. It’s not powered by a quad-core processor either, but instead has a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon with 2GB of RAM, however this is more than enough for everyday, normal use.

The BlackBerry 10 operating system has been updated to version 10.2, and with it comes a few new features, plus the promise of improved performance and battery life. Other features of the BlackBerry Z30 include an 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage memory, a microSD card slot, NFC, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 2-megapixel video call camera. Don’t forget that video calls can now be made through BBM.

BlackBerry will put the Z30 on sale in the UK before the end of October, and if you’re really keen to own the phone, it can be pre-ordered through – of all places – Selfridges right now, ready for delivery on September 26. You’re going to have to spend a fair amount of money though, as the SIM-free BlackBerry Z30 is going to set you back £600, which is more than a 16GB iPhone 5S. You can find the pre-order page here, and make sure you check out the launch video below.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars