BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) has a follow-up to the Z10 all-touchscreen handset in the works, and a video purports to show a hands-on with the device, now known as the BlackBerry Z30. The device was originally thought to be the BlackBerry A10, but more recent leaks have shown the device might bear the moniker Z30, following the naming convention started by the Z10.
Amid talks that BlackBerry is looking at “strategic alternatives” including a sale of the company or going private, the video shows a full hands-on with the BlackBerry Z30, codenamed Aristo. From Vietnamese site Cellphone S, the BlackBerry Z30 video shows a handset in use that looks a lot like earlier images that have leaked online, lending credence to the handset in question being an actual prototype.
The BlackBerry Z30 will reportedly contain a 5-inch AMOLED screen, with 720p resolution at 295 pixels-per-inch (PPI). The BlackBerry Z30 is also reumored to have a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU from Qualcomm, 2GB of RAM, a 2,800 mAh battery and at least 16GB of internal storage.
The rumored BlackBerry Z30 is expected to have an 8-megapixel main camera on the rear of the device, along with a LED flash and a 2-megapixel secondary shooter on its front. The video shows the BlackBerry Z30 with AT&T branding, which suggests the phone will see a release date on the network sometime before this year’s end. The BlackBerry Z30 is shown in the video to have slots for SD cards, SIM, HDMI and USB.
Is it possible that the BlackBerry Z30 shown in the video, and the previously rumored BlackBerry A10 are completely separate models? The BlackBerry A10 was originally rumored to have a release date for Sprint subscribers in November, however the AT&T insignia on the rear of the BlackBerry Z30 suggests an earlier release.
At the time, it was reported that Sprint executives did not carry the BlackBerry Z10 as they thought the A10 was “worth waiting for,” yet the processor specs for the device seem to compare more with the upcoming Moto X and Droid Ultra from Motorola and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), without the additional processors that allow for hands-free voice activation and “contextual computing.”