Failing BlackBerry's Z30 Hits Selfridges Tomorrow: Big Phone, Big Hopes

By Gerald Lynch on at

BlackBerry is basically running on empty at the moment, with the company on the cusp of accepting a buyout and its latest BB10 handsets pretty much universally recognised as a flop. It may have missed the smartphone ship, but that won't stop BlackBerry chasing the latest big mobile craze, with its Z30 "phablet" hitting the UK tomorrow (27 September).

Kicking off as a £529 Selfridges exclusive before becoming more widely available from 30 September, the 5-inch handset sports a Super AMOLED display (sadly only managing a 720p resolution), 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, 16GB of built-in storage and the latest BlackBerry 10.2 version of the company's touch-focussed operating system. 4G is also supported, with Vodafone, O2 and EE all planning to eventually carry the handset on superfast contract deals.

Considering the phablet alternatives out there, with Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and Sony's Xperia Z Ultra picking up rave reviews, don't hold your breath for the Z30 to be the handset to reverse BlackBerry's struggling fortunes.