Darn, close but no cigar. The rumored launch for the all new Z30 in the US scheduled to happen on Halloween this year turned out to be a trick. This treat is coming in November, as confirmed via a press release posted on Verizon's Twitter account just minutes ago. It is slated to launch at an affordable $199 price tag with a new two-year agreement, or Verizon Edge, for current customers seeking an upgrade for 24 monthly payments of just $22.91. BlackBerry did promise the Z30 to hit the US market "in time for the holidays" so let's hope this is just a temporary exclusivity agreement with Verizon.
On a side note, and a very sweet one at that, Verizon also confirmed that the Z30 will have wireless charging capabilities enabled. Some users were worried the carriers would chose not to have this capability enabled out of the box as was the case with the NFC antenna on the 9900 when it launched on AT&T. Whew!
Read the press release below for more juicy details.
Gamers will appreciate the HD screen for mobile gaming on the go, but the BlackBerry Z30 also supports Miracast to wirelessly connect to a compatible HDTV and mirror exactly what’s on the smartphone to the HDTV’s larger display. Business professionals, for example, can walk into a boardroom with only their smartphone and show their presentation on an HDTV to colleagues or supervisors.
Besides the big HD screen, BlackBerry Z30 includes the BlackBerry Hub, a single place on the smartphone where users can access all their conversations. BBMs, Twitter @ replies, emails, text messages, Facebook event invites and more can be found in one place without launching each app individually. And within BlackBerry Hub is the Priority Hub, which learns what conversations are important to the user, helping them stay even more organized and focused.
Watching a video or editing a document requires attention until suddenly a message arrives and the tough dilemma arises – do you continue focusing on watching or editing, or do you leave the app to check and reply to the message? BBM on the BlackBerry Z30 eliminates that dilemma with BBM Now. It gives users a preview of any BBM as it arrives and lets them either dismiss or reply without leaving the app they’re currently using. BBM is now also available on Android and iOS so BlackBerry fans can BBM with friends on those devices.
The BlackBerry Z30 also comes with a 2880mAh battery that can last an entire day (25 hours with mixed usage) and includes support for wireless charging, so users can easily charge it by setting it on a wireless charger – no wires or plugging in necessary.