Galaxy S4-sized BlackBerry Z10 reboot now in testing

News Richard Goodwin 13:44, 14 May 2013

Next-generation BlackBerry Z10 now in testing, features Galaxy S4-sized display

BlackBerry fanatics looking for something with a bit more oomph rejoice, a 5-inch next-generation BlackBerry Z10 is now in testing in Canada. 

We know BlackBerry has plans for a few more devices before the year is out but up to now, with the exception of the BlackBerry R10, of course, we’ve heard very little about what these next-generation BlackBerry handsets will be like.

The company is now testing a 5-inch handset in Canada that features similar display proportions to the Samsung Galaxy S4. It sounds like a new flagship device and our source was confident that the unnamed handset would debut inside the next few months.

The source – a handset tester at a large Canadian network – said the large form BlackBerry 10-powered handset once launched would be the company’s rebuttal to big Android players like the HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro.

They didn’t mention any specific specs aside from the display, which they said was very similar in size and resolution to the panel used on the Galaxy S4. The source also said BlackBerry was looking to significantly improve battery performance with this handset, following complaints about the Z10’s endurance capabilities. 

If the launch does take place inside the next few months it’s entirely possible the handset will feature one of Qualcomm’s newer Snapdragon chipsets – either the Snapdragon 600, like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, or the soon to be released Snapdragon 800. 

Given BlackBerry’s track record – the Z10 and Q10 shipped with older S4 chipsets – it’s also possible the next-generation flagship could feature Qualcomm’s still-excellent-but-rather-old S4 Pro. For the sake of future proofing, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the 800.

More news as we get it.

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