By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 25, 2013 10:03 AM EDT
The latest BlackBerry Z30 smartphone is apparently headed to the U.S., reportedly launching as an exclusive to Verizon Wireless.
BlackBerry has already started selling its new Z30 powerhouse in various markets worldwide, such as the UK, Canada and India. According to a newly-leaked document, the handset may be getting ready to hit the U.S. as well, landing exclusively on Verizon's network.
The company itself has not confirmed this, but N4BB apparently managed to get its hands on an internal document listing an Oct. 31 launch date for the device and a $299.99 price tag on a two-year contract with Verizon.
BlackBerry was once at the top of the food chain, but the company lost significant ground in recent years to its Android and iOS rivals. The ailing Canadian smartphone maker tried to turn things around with its new BlackBerry 10 OS, but several delays and a lukewarm response to its new BB10 handsets added to its struggle.
The company is still fighting for relevance in an increasingly competitive mobile market, but things are not working out quite as it likely hoped for. T-Mobile has reportedly decided to eliminate BlackBerry devices from its retail stores, and BlackBerry's smartphone sales proved disappointing.
In this gloomy context, the BlackBerry Z30 emerges as the greatest, highest-end smartphone in the entire BB10 lineup, and it's BlackBerry's latest attempt to keep its head above the water.
The BlackBerry Z30 sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display and comes preloaded with the company's latest OS version. Under the hood, the handset packs a dual-core Krait processor clocked at 1.7GHz and Adreno 320 graphics, as well as 2GB of RAM for a fast and smooth user experience. The smartphone also has 16GB of internal storage capacity.
Moreover, BlackBerry also included some neat new features in the BlackBerry Z30. The Natural Sound technology, for instance, is designed to deliver a high-quality audio experience through the handset's built-in stereo speakers. The smartphone also boasts a "new-generation" antenna technology, which reportedly allows for better reception in locations where signal strength is usually an issue. The Z30 also sports the largest battery yet on a BlackBerry smartphone.
"The new BlackBerry Z30s smartphone builds on the solid foundation and engaging user experience of the BlackBerry 10 platform with features like the powerful BlackBerry Hub, its exceptional touch-screen keyboard and industry leading browser," touted Carlo Chiarello, BlackBerry EVP of products, when announcing the handset. "The smartphone rounds out the BlackBerry 10 portfolio and is designed for people looking for a smartphone that excels at communications, messaging and productivity. Having apps like the full Documents to Go suite that comes preinstalled, together with its 5-inch touch display, the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone gives you a best in class productivity experience on the go."
The BlackBerry Z30 is currently available factory unlocked in the U.S. through retailer Negri Electronics, which sells the 4G LTE-enabled device for $657.50. If the latest report proves to be accurate, the smartphone should land on Verizon's network as soon as next week.
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