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BlackBerry Z30 coming to Bell

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BlackBerry has released the Z10, Q10 and Q5 in Canada, but there’s one device that many have been waiting for. The BlackBerry Z30 has already been heavily leaked online in both pictures and videos – see here and here. We can now confirm this phablet will be indeed coming to Canada.

According to an internal doc we received shows Bell on tap to bring this BB10 smartphone to their customers – plus confirms the Z30 as the go-to-market name. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on pricing, or a firm launch date. However, we’re hearing the Z30 should be in-stores by the end of September or early October.

As previously reported, the BlackBerry Z30 is expected to launch with a 5-inch display, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera, 2,880 mAh battery, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and run BlackBerry OS 10.2.

We’ll keep you updated once we hear more.
(Thanks tipster!)

  • JB

    Awesome!!!!…Battery Life is going to be exceptional!

    • Plazmic Flame

      If only it had a physical keyboard, I would be all over this.

    • thisiscjay

      I played with it today. Gorgeous device!!

  • St. Misery

    Pains me to say this from my Z10, but who cares anymore? I’ll be selling this for whatever scraps I can get for it and get the next Nexus phone whenever it comes out. Disappointed.

    • gomez

      yep, blackberry is on last legs, watching my local news last night, the weather girl was making fun of the news anchor for still using a blackberry, lol , she lifted it up and said how old is this thing, lol

    • gomez

      and i have supported the blackberry too, i have used a tour and bold 9900, and they worked well for me, but i gurantee my next smartphone product will not be a rim product,

    • J-Ro

      Your right, it will be a Blackberry product lol

  • Rich

    Really need to settle the future of BlackBerry before launching phones.
    There’s some speculation they’ll sell their hardware division and simply contract someone to build the phones for them.

    • RealDeal83

      How will not launching phones do anything but further destabilize things? Waiting too long to release new and different devices is a big part of what got them into this problem.

    • Rich

      Their phones weren’t selling before, are expected to do even worse this quarter AND there is hesitance from buyers (corporate + consumer) to purchase BB products until the future of the company is determined.

      Great time to launch a new phone, invest millions in manufacturers to build it, and of course spend another ton of money on marketing. Now, if the Z30 was some blockbuster of a phone then you could make a case, but it’s a Z10 with a larger screen then — this will hardly change what’s going on already and may even contribute to a further decline.

      People that passed or were disappointed with the Z10 or Q10 were not saying “I wish this screen was larger.”

    • Scazza

      Not sure how them doing nothing will help them. If anything, looking busy and producing new products will look great for potential buyers/investors. Standing around doing nothing is what will kill them even faster.
      Plus buyer, or not, BB will be going no where. They will still sell hardware and software for a long time to come, so there’s no point in them closing up shop because someone might want to buy them.

    • Rich

      They make money from their services sector & through their old BBOS7, while they are hemorrhaging money with their BB10 hardware.

    • Blocknards

      It was the same reason they were releasing OS7 products while developing BB10, people thought this was absolutely absurd but made complete business sense.

    • Sweet

      “People that passed or were disappointed with the Z10 or Q10 were not saying “I wish this screen was larger.””

      Good point.

    • charlie2010

      BB10 consumers rate their phone much higher than the iphone and galaxy phone owners.

      Only experts in the media trash BB10, along with gullible readers that believe everything they read….if you dont believe me check it out at cnet.com

    • gomez

      yep agreed the issue is not the screen, its all about public perecption now, and lack of support for the product, with all the negative publicity, now, and quite frankly people with smartphones want apps, sure we dont need a million apps, but there is no support for blackberry anymore, netflix wont support it, many other popular apps are not supported, people will not invest in a product like this anymore, and the numbers support it.

    • gomez

      i think its too late, though, the public perceptiion, is already dead, i have in fact talked to people who think blackberry is already out of business, there is no way they can recover from public perception, even if the phones were great, they have lost the confidence of the consumer hate to say its over,

    • J-Ro

      Apple made a huge come back, Blackberry can too.

    • Sweet

      Not releasing phones would make them less attractive to buyers.

      I’m thinking BB would be better off contracting someone else to design their phones. The one big gripe I have with my Z10 is with the hardware. The micro-HDMI socket in my Z10 is too big, causing all adapters to fit really loose, and the phone completely died after 2 months. I’m hoping I simply got a lemon, and that the problems are not design issues.

    • Scazza

      MHL HDMI are always like that, my atrix HDMI cable fits perfectly in the Q10, but other cables never did fit snugly in the atrix or the BB10s, no idea if they are all just cheap cables or thats the standard. If you can find an atrix MHL cable, try that, fits well in mine.

    • Sweet

      Thanks for the tip. I did try several brands and model of adapters, but they all had the same problem. I sent the phone away for repair a few weeks ago, so I can’t do anything about it now. Hopefully they’ll fix it.

      If it wasn’t under warranty, I would have simply opened up the phone and tried to squeeze the socket with pliers to make it smaller. Cheap, fast and effective. :-)

  • Marc Palumbo

    YAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    • brian

      Go back to sleep Marc.

    • Anthony Roberts

      Thank you people are so damn negative like jeez

    • Marc Palumbo

      It’s simple. Blackberry sucks a*s. Too bad so sad!

    • Anthony Roberts

      Yes I will admit they dropped the ball big time and got lazy but BB aint going anywhere the only phone to be used fully and anywhere in the Pentagon BB10 Android and iOS cannot come close when it comes to security. It’s only a matter of time with 10.2 coming soon (Android Runtime 4.2 Jelly bean) The apps will come and with BBM going cross platform and also the Z30 launch. Once the app gap is closed (Instagram,Netflix and so on) All they need to do is market the hell out of it when they have the ammo and they will succeed it will take time and patience. Do you really want to live in a world with only Android and iOS especially since iOS isnt innovating anymore. Come on Competition is needed no one wants a Duopoly

  • eszklar

    Samsung Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1 and Ultra, iPhone 5S/5C, HTC One Max and Nexus 5. Very crowded space this September/October/November.

    EDIT: Forgot to add the Lumia 1020/1520 for the WP8 fans.

    • RealDeal83

      Great news for the consumer. Variety of choice drives innovation and lowers prices.

    • eszklar

      Perhaps not so good for BlackBerry….

    • Scazza

      True, however they might price aggressively and make some consumers happy with a nice high end device for a low cost (especially after seeing the iphone prices…)

    • Subliminal7X

      If they priced the BB10 models aggressively from day one, they might have done better. How could they possibly expect to attract new users by asking a premium for handsets yet to prove themselves when the popular and more powerful blockbuster phones were selling for less ?

    • badtaco

      Heinz ketchup is too schtoopid to understand this.. Oh well.

  • skinnypig

    This can hardly be called a phablet anymore considering most of the flagship phones out there already have 5″ displays… :(

    • Scazza

      Yeah I was confused by that. I think 4.8-5inches is now the standard.

  • brian

    THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU !
    I will actually line up for this one. Might have to surgically remove my Z10 though first.

  • kastor

    Yessssssssss, i”ll be getting this one when it comes out. If it was a slider that would be the perfect combo. Im glad blackberry came out with this. Im more into the unique nature and experience of an os as oppsed to the billion of apps, which im never gonna see in my life time. I, for one, am not afraid of whatever happens to blackberry cus despite was the masses say, its still a powerful brand. And still a very influential player in the mobile universe.
    The masses and medias are not alway correct in their assumptions, and in this case i defy that commen perception and will continue to support blackberry. Despite all the negativity and regurgitation of death, we, the masses, never really know what truly goes on behind closed doors. Blackberry and qnx are genuinely unique technologies to the mobile world and it will survive. And this is not from some immature famboiism attitude but rather from a tech user as far back as when basic was written on computer cards.

    Peace

    • Sweet

      BB said they were going to release 6 devices this year, and so far they’ve released 4. So the 6th one could be a slider, especially since a few months ago they got patent on a slider design.

    • thisiscjay

      Z30 and Porsche designed Z10.

    • kastor

      Awasomeness. I completely forgot about that slider patent. I dont think they would intentionally patent something just to keep it under wraps. BB10 will mature overtime and its a strong os contender, jus like win os. Moblie os will stagnate if it continues with only androids as the main player. We need the apples windows and blackberry in mobile, but i”ll always stick with the tried and true berry. But than thats me.

    • FiveOD

      Hate to burst your bubble but companies file patents that they don’t use and have no intention of using all the time. That way, if someone else uses their design they can demand royalties. A patent application in the mobile world is almost meaningless when trying to predict upcoming products.

    • kastor

      My bad. I should have elaborated further on the slider patent. I realize that companies file patents all the time to protect their innovations, with strong possibilities it may never see the light of day. As with the slider patent, i strongly believe, Blackberry will eventually release a bb10 slider version its just a matter of time. They already have experience with the 9800 series.

    • Jim

      No. Patents are filed if there is a potential business case for the invention (IP) and they want to protect it. If they have an invention they do see as having value (either to own or use) they will actually publish it in a paper or company release.As soon as something is published it becomes public domain and it cannot be patented by anyone else BUT it can be used by anyone.

  • Paspie

    I hope I’m not the only one excited for Blackberry now they’re releasing devices like this. As someone who’s tired of Google’s ecosystem and Android’s inefficiencies both BB10 and the upcoming Sailfish OS present great escape routes to me.

    • Subliminal7X

      Yep !! If the doom and gloom predictors turn out correct, I’m looking at Sailfish !

    • charlie2010

      the doom and gloom predictors have been exposed as frauds for 2 years now, how much more do you need to hear before giving them 0 credibility, here’s a recap of the doom and gloom reporting:

      BB Going Out of Business in 2012
      BB10 Going to Be DOA
      Z10 Returns Exceed Sales
      Z10 Sales Horrible, especially at stores that dont have them for sale
      BB Going Out Of Business in 2013 despite increasing sales and no debt..
      Q10 Sales Horrible, Especially at stores that dont have them for sale
      BB10 Going to Be Sold By November According to some guy in a mall…

  • Beavertail Canada

    Could BlackBerry going to do something right for once this time, with the early launch of Z30?
    Are they priming up the US sales force with Canadian boots on the ground last Monday?
    Isn’t end of summer September 21st? Cross platform BBM launch soon?

    • thisiscjay

      Interesting indeed.

  • WhoCares1000

    It says Sept 24 in the grey call outs.

  • Sweet

    I’ve been balking at phablets because they felt too big. But then I tried the S4, which feels much smaller than it is, so now I’m more open to a phablet. I’ll definitely try out the Z30 when it comes out.

    • thisiscjay

      VERY similar size!

  • EvanKrosney

    I wouldn’t call 5″ a phablet per se, remember that the S4 also has a 5″ screen.

  • J-Ro

    It looks great but I already got engaged to my Q10

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