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BlackBerry has unveiled its latest touchscreen smartphone, the BlackBerry Z30.
The device is the first to run the 10.2 version of its BlackBerry 10 operating system, features a five-inch display and the "largest battery yet" on a BlackBerry smartphone, according to the company.
With apps such as the Documents To Go suite preinstalled, the device is aimed mostly at BlackBerry's core enterprise audience.
Its BlackBerry 10.2 OS includes a number of features new to the operating system, including the BlackBerry Priority Hub, which aggregates priority messages across email, social networking and other accounts to give users faster access to important conversations.
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Users can also get a preview of any message as it arrives in whatever app their using. For example, if a BBM message arrives, users can reply without leaving the app they had open at the time. Users can also see previews of recent messages and notifications without unlocking their phone.
As well as a five-inch Super AMOLED display, the Z30 also includes a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, and what the company calls its 'Natural Sound' technology to make BBM voice and video chats sound more true to in-person conversations.
BlackBerry said its new antenna technology dynamically tunes reception to give the handset better connectivity in low signal areas, while the 2880 mAh battery means it will last for 25 hours of mixed use.
The company said the Z30 will be available in the UK and Middle East from next week, although pricing is yet to be released. Seperately, version 10.2 of the BlackBerry OS is expected to be available for the BlackBerry's Z10, Q10 and Q5 smartphones in mid-October.
The launch of the Z30 comes at a difficult time for BlackBerry. It was for a long time the undisputed leader in enterprise smartphones, and enjoyed considerable success for a time in the consumer space too. But since those glory days it has faded dramatically: across five of Europe's biggest markets — Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany – BlackBerry now has a mere 2.2 percent market share, while its new BlackBerry 10-based handsets so far haven't been the breakthrough hits the company had hoped.
Recently the company revealed its had formed a special committee to explore options for the business which could include joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, or a sale.