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BlackBerry Z30's 5-inch screen is biggest BlackBerry ever

BlackBerry is turning 30 -- and with its 5-inch screen, the new BlackBerry Z30 is the biggest BlackBerry ever.

BlackBerry is turning 30 -- and with its 5-inch screen, the new BlackBerry Z30 is the biggest BlackBerry ever.

BlackBerry says the Z30 also boasts the biggest battery ever seen in a BB device, a 2,880mAh juice box that is claimed to last 25 hours.

It needs to pump out plenty of juice to keep the vast 5-inch AMOLED touchscreen ticking along, not to mention the 1.7GHz processor and quad-core graphics. BlackBerry also claims a new antenna will keep you talking even when your signal is a bit wonky.

Packing BlackBerry 10 software -- the latest BB10.2 update, to be precise -- the phone includes features such as BlackBerry Now, which gives you a preview of new messages as they arrive, no matter what app you're in.

And it has BlackBerry Messenger built-in, the popular chat app set to appear as a BBM Android app very soon.

The Z30 is the latest BB10 phone after the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and Qwerty Q10 and Q5, which have sought to revitalise the fortunes of the struggling Canadian company.

The Z30 goes on sale in the UK and Middle East next week. Prices are yet to be confirmed by the networks.

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