BlackBerry Z30

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BlackBerry Z30
BlackBerry Z30 2.jpg
Slogan"Keep Moving"
Compatible networksLTE


RelatedBlackBerry Q10
BlackBerry Z10
Form factorSlate
Dimensions140.7 mm (5.54 in) H
72 mm (2.8 in) W
9.4 mm (0.37 in) D
Mass170 g (6.00 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: BlackBerry
Current: BlackBerry, released December 8, 2016 (2016-12-08)
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
CPU1.7 GHz dual-core (MSM8960T Pro)
GPUAdreno 320
Memory2 GB RAM
Storage16 GB flash memory
Removable storageUp to the exFAT file system limit[1]
Battery2880 mAH non removable battery
Data inputsMulti-touch touchscreen, on-screen keyboard
Display1,280 x 720px (0.98 megapixels) 5-inch at 295 ppi, 16:9 aspect ratio
Rear camera8 megapixels, 1080p@30fps and 720p@60fpsvideo capture
Front camera2 megapixels, 720p video capture
ConnectivityIEEE 802.11n-2009, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Micro HDMI, Micro-USB
SARHead: 0.70 W/kg 1 g
Body: 0.62 W/kg 1 g
Hotspot: 1.23 W/kg 1 g

The BlackBerry Z30 is a high-end 4G touchscreen smartphone developed by BlackBerry. Announced on September 18, 2013, it succeeds the Z10 as the second totally touchscreen device to run the BlackBerry 10 operating system (and the first with version 10.2). The Z30 includes a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display (built on 86 μm pixel) with "quad-core graphics", speakers and microphones with "Natural Sound" technology, six processor cores (GPU is a Quad-Core Adreno 320, CPU is a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, both 1.7 GHz) and a non-removable 2880 mAh battery.[2] The BlackBerry Z30 also uses Paratek Antenna Technology. This refers to the number of proprietary advancements in antenna hardware and tuning technology that is aimed to improve performance especially in regions with low signal.


Operating system and software[edit]

The BlackBerry Z30 uses the new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system based on QNX. The user interface of BB 10 is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the BB10 operating system and its multi-touch interface.

The Z30 comes pre-loaded with: BlackBerry Browser (with Flash Player), BlackBerry Hub, Contacts, BlackBerry Calendar, BBM, Text Messages, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Remember, Docs To Go (for PowerPoint, Word, Excel), Pictures, Music, Videos, Story Maker, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, BlackBerry Maps, Games, YouTube, Voice Control, Weather, Active Frames, Clock, Calculator, Compass, File Manager, Box, BlackBerry Connect for Dropbox, Print To Go, Smart Tags, Settings, Android Runtime, Adobe Reader, Phone, Camera/Video Camera/Time Shift, Setup, Help, SIM Toolkit, Search.[3]

The phone has a mobile hotspot functionality, which supports up to 8 devices, sharing its internet connection.[4] It accesses the BlackBerry World, an online application distribution platform for the BlackBerry OS. The service allows users to browse and download applications, games, music, videos from the BlackBerry World store.

The touchscreen keyboard provides an advanced typing experience. It learns the user's writing style and suggests words to help the user type faster, more accurately and with the least amount of effort.[5]

The BlackBerry Z30 camera contains the same Time Shift feature as the previous models which is described as: "Time Shift mode captures milliseconds before and after your photo—so you can scroll back on the dial to open one friend's eyes and then forward to catch your other friend smiling, before combining it all to create the perfect picture."[6]

The Z30 has Voice Control, that allows the user to operate the phone by spoken commands. Voice Control recognizes natural speech patterns, so that the user can talk naturally and always be understood. It can be used to send messages, compose emails, dictate documents, and search the phone just by speaking to the app.[5]


The BlackBerry Z30 was first announced on September 18, 2013 in Indonesia.[7]

In Canada, the Z30 became available on October 18, 2013 through Bell Mobility, Telus Mobility, Rogers Wireless (Online Only), SaskTel and MTS Mobility.

In the US, the Z30 first became available on November 14, 2013 through Verizon Wireless.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BlackBerry 10.3.x smartphones support external storage up to exFAT file system limit
  2. ^ "New BlackBerry Z30 Smartphone Full Specs". Sep 18, 2013. Archived from the original on September 25, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "BlackBerry Z10 Specs - Specifications for BlackBerry 10 Smartphone - Canada". January 24, 2013. Archived from the original on September 25, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Michaluk, Kevin (January 30, 2013). "BlackBerry Z10 Review". Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "BlackBerry Z30 Smartphone - BlackBerry 10 Touch Phone - Canada". March 3, 2014. Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "Camera with Time Shift mode - Canada". March 3, 2014. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "BlackBerry Introduces the New BlackBerry Z30 Smartphone with 5" Display and BlackBerry 10.2 OS". Sep 18, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "BlackBerry Z30 Available in November Exclusively from Verizon Wireless". November 12, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2014.