The rumor about BlackBerry Z30’s US release timeline from back September may have been off by a month or so, but the biggest and baddest BB device ever has at long last landed on Verizon earlier today.
Given the once mighty Canadian handheld manufacturer is in a severe financial pickle and looking for a buyout, Big Red is the only major carrier stateside that’s shown an interest in picking up the Z30 and it doesn’t look like Sprint, AT&T or T-Mobile will ever follow suit.
Sadly, the stars seem to be aligning in such a way that BB will probably look with envy towards even Z10 and Q10’s otherwise pitiful sales numbers. That’s to say the Verizon-branded Z30 is a bit on the expensive side, going for $199.99 with two-year contracts or $549.99 outright.
For comparison, LG’s G2, which is both larger and more technically impressive than this fellow, can be scored for 50 bucks south of the price tag directly via America’s number one wireless service provider and for as little as $50 through third-party retailers.
There’s also the customizable $50 Moto X that in many ways trounces the Z30, not to mention Google and LG’s Nexus 5, which when available in the Play Store, costs a measly $350 sans any contractual obligations whatsoever.
Oh, well, it’s not like the latest (last?) gizmo to run on BlackBerry 10 OS will stay at $200 with pacts for long. After all, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner and what better way to offload a few dozens of unwanted slabs of silicon than sell them on the cheap when everyone goes berserk for “bargains”?
As a little reminder, the BB Z30 is a slim (-ish) 5-incher with a run-of-the-mill 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, mediocre (by high-end standards) dual-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, solid 2 GB RAM, 16 GB built-in storage, microSD support, 8 MP rear camera and spacious 2,880 mAh battery. So it’s not all bad.