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BlackBerry takes the wraps off the Z30

The new flagship smartphone from BlackBerry boasts a 5-inch AMOLED screen, BlackBerry 10.2 and a big battery.

Nic Healey Senior Editor / Australia
Nic Healey is a Senior Editor with CNET, based in the Australia office. His passions include bourbon, video games and boring strangers with photos of his cat.
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Step aside, Z10 — there's a new BlackBerry flagship smartphone in town.

The Z30. (Credit: BlackBerry)

BlackBerry has lifted the lid on its Z30, which it is calling the "biggest, fastest, most advanced BlackBerry".

The "biggest" is referring to the 5-inch AMOLED display with 1280x720 resolution and possibly its fairly hefty 170g.

The "fastest" is the 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor along with the quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, backed up with 2GB of RAM.

Finally, the "most advanced" is the fact that the Z30 will come with the latest 10.2 version of BlackBerry OS. This version features, apparently, better message handling, including a Priority Hub — a streamlined version of the BlackBerry Hub from the Z10 and Q10.

The big battery also deserves a mention — it's 2880mAh, but BlackBerry is claiming that with BBOS 10.2 you can get a 25 hours of "standard mixed use" from a single charge.

There's no call on Australian release dates or pricing — at the moment BlackBerry will launch the Z30 in the UK and the Middle East next week, with other regions "into the holiday season".

We'd assume that Telstra will be the initial carrier of choice, based on BlackBerry's past history, with others coming on board later.

We'll have a full review of the Z30 in the coming days.