The BlackBerry Z30 is a flagship device from BlackBerry launching in October 2013. The Z30 is also known as the A10 or A-Series under the codename "aristo". The Z30 is the full-touchscreen follow-up to the BlackBerry Z30 has a 5" display, 1.7GHZ dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, a 2800mAh integrated battery and BlackBerry OS 10.2. An official announcement for the Z30 was made on September 18, 2013 at a special event in Malaysia.
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The BlackBerry Z30 has already launched in some international markets and hits Canadian shelves on October 15th. On the surface, it comes across simply as a bigger version of the BlackBerry Z10, but there’s quite a bit more to it. Rear stereo speakers introduce high-quality sound, new antenna...
As a longtime BlackBerry addict and gadget lover in general, it's pretty rare (read: never) that I feel envious of another person's tech collection. That said, I just had one of those moments where I felt true envy.
The photo above was just tweeted to me by Barry Lapthorne, who in addition to his trusty BlackBerry Z30 is rock'n ALL of the latest and yet to be released BlackBerry 10 phones (Z3 excluded). He has the just-announced BlackBerry Passport, in white no less; the also-brand-new Porsche Design P'9983; and he even has the yet to be released BlackBerry Classic. I've never seen these four devices lined up like this before, so just had to immediately share the photo with CrackBerry Nation.
I'm drooling. Consider me envious, Barry. Nice collection!
Sep 08, 2014
BlackBerry Z30 in Canada priced at $0 with two year contract for limited time
Folks in Canada can now take atvantage of a new, but limited time, promotion on the BlackBerry Z30. The company announced today the price of the smartphone has been cut to just $0 for a two year contract on the Rogers, Bell and TELUS wireless providers.
Sep 02, 2014
Verizon rolling out OS 10.2.1.3289 for BlackBerry Z30 owners
Although some folks have seen it arrive a bit earlier, it seems as though Verizon has now pushed another round of updates for BlackBerry Z30 owners. This time, software release 10.2.1.2991, OS version 10.2.1.3289 is appearing via the OTA update system. The change log is recycled from previous release but we know the update includes general bug fixes and improvements over the previous releases.
Aug 20, 2014
TELUS, Bell and Rogers all offering the BlackBerry Z30 for free!
I'm still no fan of contracts but if you've been waiting to get a BlackBerry Z30 on the cheap or the upcoming BlackBerry Passport isn't for you, now is likely the best time to do so if you live in Canada. Right now, TELUS, Bell and Rogers are all offering the device for free with a 2-year contract on specific plans until Sept. 15th.
Jul 07, 2014
BlackBerry Q10, Q5, and Z30 win Red Dot design awards
On top of being the hugely functional devices we know and love, the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Q5, and BlackBerry Z30 are also earning accolades for design. All three just won Red Dot Awards when faced with a pool of over 4,800 entrants and a panel of 40 design experts judging every aspect of the products.
Jun 30, 2014
BlackBerry Z30 pricing further reduced in India through Flipkart
If you live in India and still haven't picked up a BlackBerry Z30, your patience may have been rewarded. Back in March, the pricing was reduced to Rs. 34,990 but now if you order through Flipkart using a Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Net Banking options you can pick up a BlackBerry Z30 of your very own for only Rs. 24,990 after a Rs. 5000 credit from Flipkart.
Jun 20, 2014
Special pricing offers now available in India for the BlackBerry Z30
While consumers in India have loaded up on the BlackBerry Z10, there's a new deal now rolling that will bring some more attention to the BlackBerry Z30. BlackBerry customers looking to pick one up will be able to take advantage of the offer across all retail networks in India. So what's the deal? Sameer Bhatia, Director – Distribution, BlackBerry India has laid it out.
May 19, 2014
These BlackBerry devices take advantage of Verizon XLTE
So, you're wondering if your Verizon device works with that shiny new XLTE network that just went live in your area? Well, here's a list of BlackBerry devices that can currently take advantage of the added speed from AWS spectrum. Of course as new phones and tablets come out, we can expect that they'll support Verizon's XLTE network.
Apr 05, 2014
White BlackBerry Z30 lands on ShopBlackBerry
Wondering what happened to the white BlackBerry Z30 when the regular black model went on sale at ShopBlackBerry a few weeks back? Fear not, the GSM unlocked white Z30 (STA100-5) is now available to buy from BlackBerry's official online store, priced $499 for those in the U.S. — same device, only with a lighter, brighter exterior.
Need accessories for that new white Z30? ShopCrackBerry has you covered.
Unsurprisingly to BlackBerry fans, Dan walked away from the test really appreciating the BlackBerry Z30 and the timesaving features offered up by BlackBerry 10.
Now Dan is back with another look at the Z30, this time following the big upgrade to OS 10.2.1, which introduced even more features for Dan to play with, not the least of which is the ability to run Android apps.
It's an enthusiastic review, and one well worth watching and reading. So check it out!
Mar 31, 2014
BlackBerry 10 smartphones finally launch on ShopBlackBerry for Canada
BlackBerry has announced that starting today, customers will be able to purchased unlocked GSM versions of a number of BlackBerry 10 smartphones directly from the company's Canadian store ca.ShopBlackBerry.com. The available devices are the BlackBerry Z30, Z10, Q10, and Q5. These devices are compatible with Canadian LTE and 4G networks.
Mar 27, 2014
The BlackBerry Z30 gets a price cut in India for a limited time
Another day and yet more BlackBerry good news out of India. It was only very recently that we told you that the Z10 was back in stock in India after selling out following the promotional price. It seems that BlackBerry have decided to go along the same route with the glorious Z30 as for the next 60 days you can snap it up for just Rs. 34,990.
Mar 19, 2014
BlackBerry Z30 now available from ShopBlackBerry in the U.S.
Up until now Verizon has been the only U.S. carrier to offer up the BlackBerry Z30, but as of today, you can now buy an unlocked, SIM-free Z30 directly from ShopBlackBerry.com for $499. This Z30 is ready to roll with AT&T or T-Mobile and has 4G / 4G LTE bands.
Mar 17, 2014
Speaker Battle: iPhone 5s vs BlackBerry Z30 vs Galaxy Note 3
Our BlackBerry hating friend J_Caloy is back with another video, only this time he isn't hating on BlackBerry — he's putting it up to a test of might against other devices. With three challenges already in the books for alarm clock, picture sharing and multi-tasking (check them out in the gallery above) he's moved onto a battle of speakers to see which device has the best overall sound.
Feb 19, 2014
What happens when you take an iPhone user's iPhone away for 7 days and replace it with a BlackBerry Z30?
That's the question Dan Nessel, the founder of DadDoes.com and big iPhone fan was willing to answer.
The folks at BlackBerry asked if I would do a 7 Day Challenge. Swap out my iPhone 5 for a BlackBerry Z30 for 7 days and just honestly report on how it went. Honestly, I thought this was going to be a train wreck for BlackBerry. I love my iPhone and all I really knew about BlackBerry was that they were that company that made those phones with little keyboards. Still, I figured a week without my iPhone would make me appreciate it even more.
Jan 22, 2014
Want a BlackBerry Z30 from AT&T? Sign this petition and let them know!
I love it when the BlackBerry community takes action, and that's exactly what's happening this week. Nick Cooper (@Nickc1307 on the twitters) wants to buy a BlackBerry Z30 from his carrier, AT&T.
Of course, AT&T is not currently selling the BlackBerry Z30. To date, the 5" touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone has been a Verizon exclusive and there has been no real indication that is going to change anytime soon.
So while it may not help, it certainly won't hurt to let them know you'd love to see the Z30 come to AT&T too. Be sure to jump over to petitions24 at the link below and sign the petition. Let's do this!
Covering CES with the proper gear is hard enough as we know from our own #CESlive coverage, doing it from only smartphone? That's kinda crazy. No matter though, the folks at WIRED were doing it and with CES quickly coming to a close, WIRED has done their due diligence and posted up who exactly came out on top in their Smartphone Thunderdome.
But what about the BlackBerry virtual keyboard? BlackBerry is looking to prove it is with a new video showing off some competitor comparisons. In this case, it happens to word prediction on the BlackBerry Z30 vs. the iPhone 5S. You won't really need to guess who wins but hey, check out the video anyway. It's pretty cool!
Dec 20, 2013
BlackBerry Z30 with AT&T bands heads through FCC
Verizon is holding onto the "exclusive" tag on the BlackBerry Z30 at the moment, but if the FCC tells us anything, that might all change soon. Forums member LutherSnow74 spotted a new device heading through the FCC -- and it looks to be a Z30 model with AT&T bands.
Dec 19, 2013
BlackBerry Z30 tear down photos show us the goods
In case you were wondering what's hiding inside the BlackBerry Z30, forums member chelojavier took the liberty of posting up some photos to give us the inside scoop. The photos show off the motherboard, non-removable battery and all of the other hardware packed inside the Z30. Nothing too surprising lies within, but man is that battery big!
Nov 29, 2013
The best BlackBerry you can buy right now
Let's face it. The selection of BlackBerry devices isn't huge in comparison to the likes of Android -- but there are still a few different options depending on your needs. When we break things down, for the most part all the devices are sporting the same OS (or at least they can be, depending on your carrier) so you don't really have to base your choice off software, which is nice. What you do need to decide however is what you're willing to spend and how you'll be using your device. Are you straight up messaging or do you watch movies often? Play games or stick to social apps? Some of these will influence what device you go with, though you'll be able to do all of them on any BlackBerry you choose.
Let's take a quick look at the best BlackBerry you can buy right now in a few different categories.
Nov 25, 2013
Amazon offers up the Verizon BlackBerry Z30 for $99
If you're a Verizon customer and have yet to pull the trigger on a BlackBerry Z30, Amazon is now offering up a great deal. You can grab a brand new Verizon branded Z30 for just $99 on-contract. The same model direct from Verizon will still run you $199 so it's an easy way to save yourself $100 if you don't mind going through Amazon instead.
Nov 20, 2013
The BlackBerry Z30 to launch on November 23rd in Indonesia
For the good folk of Indonesia who have been waiting to get their hands on the BlackBerry Z30 that time is quickly approaching. BlackBerry have confirmed at a launch event that the BlackBerry 10 flagship will be hitting stores on November 23rd.
Nov 14, 2013
BlackBerry Z30 now available from Verizon Wireless
If you're a Verizon customer and have been waiting on the BlackBerry Z30, today is your day! The Z30 is now available online from Verizon for $199 on a two-year contract or $549 month-to-month. The Z30 is exclusive to Verizon so if you're in the US you may not see it hit other carriers anytime soon, if at all.
Nov 13, 2013
Carphone Warehouse in the UK drop the price of the BlackBerry Z30
It was only very recently that we told you that the Z10 price had been cut at UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. It seems that they are now following suit with the monster Z30, although the prices are not quite as attractive as with the Z10 - but that makes perfect sense.
Nov 12, 2013
BlackBerry Z30 available from Verizon Wireless November 14th for $199
Those of you that have been impatiently refreshing Verizon's site waiting for the Z30, the news in finally in. The BlackBerry Z30 will be available from Verizon Wireless starting November 14th.
The news notes that the Z30 will be available online, but no word if it will be arriving in stores the same day as well. We'd assume that it would show up on shelves as some point, but it could very well carry an online only tag for a while.
Nov 05, 2013
The BlackBerry Z30 launches on T-Mobile Germany
It's always great to see the latest BlackBerry hit another carrier, and this time around it's the Z30 landing on T-Mobile in Germany. T-Mobile have a range of price plans available - with up front costs starting from 9.95€, and ranging up to 539.96€ for the handset only.
If you simply can't get enough of the BlackBerry Z30 and want to check out how it will all work and get a closer, though, virtual look at the hardware, you can now head on over to the BlackBerry Z30 help and how-to demo site. The site will guide you through all the basics of using your device and for those of you who have yet got a look at BlackBerry 10.2, you'll get a good look at some of the...
Posted by Kevin Michaluk on 18 Sep 2013 3:59 am EDT
After months of rumors and speculation, the super sized BlackBerry Z30 has officially been announced!
Sporting a 5" Super AMOLED display, 1.7 GHz processor with quadcore graphics and running BlackBerry 10.2, the Z30 follows up the Z10 as the latest all-touch BlackBerry 10 phone from BlackBerry. To keep it running all day long, the Z30 features a 2880mAh battery - the biggest battery on a...
We're pretty much tuned into what's happening in Malaysia right now and the cat is seemingly out of the bag out about the BlackBerry Z30 despite there being no official press release as of yet. That aside though, we now know for sure that the BlackBerry Z30, when it arrives in carrier retail outlets, will follow some of the Z10 footsteps and be arriving in white for everyone out there who enjoys...
If you fancy some device comparison shots, there's a new batch of BlackBerry Z30 images next to the recently unveiled Sony Xperia Z1 for you all to gaze upon in the CrackBerry Forums. This time around, the Z30 is looking a bit more polished but still showing some serial numbers on it indicating, it's still not yet a retail device but possibly one sent off for carrier testing, the terrible case...
Just after we saw the BlackBerry Z30 leather holster appear on eBay, another accessory for the unannounced device has turned up. The BlackBerry Z30 Transform Hard Shell Case in white and the leather pocket pouch have also been listed up for sale.
As with the other cases we can't verify that this is a legit OEM accessory for the upcoming Z30 though it looks to be so. What's cool here is that...
Hot on the heels of the news that the BlackBerry Z30 has entered carrier testing, it seems as though Canadian carriers are possibly a bit further along. As spotted inside some of Bells internal systems, the BlackBerry Z30 is will be arriving on the carrier at eventually, the exact date and pricing details are still missing from the information. At this point, it's pretty much just a waiting game...
While we can't verify for sure, a new post has popped up in the forums that states the BlackBerry Z30 has started the carrier testing phase (though we're not sure just what carrier this device is on as there's no visible branding).
As you may or may not know, all devices hit the carriers way before launch to undergo extensive tests and according to the post the Z30 is the latest to do so. The...
While the much anticipated BlackBerry Z30 has yet to be announced, it appears that some retailers are getting ahead of the game. As discovered by CrackBerry member Andrew4life, a few "OEM" BlackBerry Leather Holsters for the Z30 have turned up on eBay.
The Z30 is nowhere to be seen though we've caught many photos and videos down the rumor pipeline already. We can't say for sure if these cases...
Posted by Kevin Michaluk on 3 Sep 2013 2:54 pm EDT
Here we go! Our first BlackBerry Z30 contest was a big success and finished strong with over 10,000 comments! All of you are super excited for the arrival of the BlackBerry Z30 and one lucky CrackBerry reader is getting a personal IOU from me to receive a shiny new BlackBerry Z30 as soon as it's officially released. We're still sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for a release date, but...
Over the past weeks, there has been plenty of the BlackBerry Z30 shown off in some great detail. High-res pics have appeared, videos have appeared, the device name was outed and more but just in case that all hasn't been enough for you, another new video has now turned up on YouTube. It's a brief look at the device with no commentary but hey, at this point there isn't much left to say about it...
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