BlackBerry debuts Z30 smartphone in Australia

BlackBerry Z30 to sell through Telstra, Optus, Harvey Norman

BlackBerry's new Z30 smartphone is on sale in Australia now through Optus business, while the flagship device will hit Telstra, Optus and Harvey Norman retail stores in the coming weeks.

BlackBerry's new Z30 smartphoneBlackBerry's new Z30 smartphone

The Z30 is available now through Optus business, but will hit both Optus and Telstra retail stores from Tuesday, 29th October.

The smartphone will also be available through Harvey Norman retail stores from Friday, 1 November, and is available to pre-order now.

The launch of the Z30 in Australia comes in the midst of troubled times for BlackBerry, as speculation mounts about the future of the once dominant smartphone player.

The company put itself up for sale earlier this year after its BlackBerry 10 operating system and its Z10 smartphone failed to gain traction. Last week, it was widely reported that China's Lenovo Group is considering a bid for the company.

BlackBerry is still pushing its new operating system with the release of the Z30, but currently stands fourth in the global smartphone market behind Android, Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows Phone.

The BlackBerry Z30, as it appears on Harvey Norman's Web site.The BlackBerry Z30, as it appears on Harvey Norman's Web site.

The Z30 is described as BlackBerry's "biggest, fastest and most advanced smartphone yet". It has a large 5in super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x720, is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, and has a large 2880mAh battery.

The Z30 is the first device to ship with the latest BlackBerry 10.2 operating system, an upgrade to the BlackBerry 10 OS unveiled earlier this year.

The major new addition is a 'Priority Hub' that can be configured to display high-priority communications and notifications, and display them on the lock screen.

The BlackBerry Z30 smartphone will retail for $749 in Australia, though Harvey Norman is currently taking pre-orders for $688, and Telstra will sell it for $672.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Topics: Blackberry, BlackBerry Z30, mobile phones, smartphones, blackberry 10, optus, Telstra

Comments

freddysrevng

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My Z10 is superior to the Galaxy S3 I upgraded from in many ways.... The Galaxy S3 was horrible to type on - tried Swype, SwiftKey and about a half dozen other apps - still horrible.

Even BGR - a real bastion of iPhone Fandom - rated the touchscreen keyboard on the Z10 as the best on the market....

Excited to get the Z30 to the U.S.A. and will upgrade for the larger screen, better speakers and "even better typing experience" because of larger screen...

By the way... apps are no longer an "issue" on BB10 phones as the new Android loader on BB 10.2 supports Android Jelly Bean apps "splendidly".... a lot of bloggers forget to mention this point... I have about a dozen Android apps on my Z10... they work great.... even the beloved Instagram....

Oops.... don't let that get out - would blow the whole "BlackBerry doesn't have apps meme" which, of course, is rubbish....

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