1. gunnerfitzy's Avatar
    I'm currently the very happy owner of a Z10 but I'm looking for a device (BlackBerry of course) with improved cellular radio reception. I know the Z30 has the Paratek antenna but I might decide to hold out and wait for the Classic if it has the same or similar antenna.

    Anyone any idea what antenna the Classic will have?

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    06-23-14 08:43 AM
  2. thurask's Avatar
    I have a feeling "Paratek antenna" is a marketing buzzword:

    Inside the BlackBerry Z10 | Chipworks Blog

    We had one of our readers spot another really good chip story, and one that perhaps helps to differentiate Blackberry in terms of their vertical integration and wireless capabilities. There are three impedance matched BST (Barium Strontium Titanate) IC’s that were developed by a company called Paratek, which was acquired by RIM in March 2012 (the orange devices at right). They play a key role in tuning the antenna. One of the investors in Paratek calls the solution a. “game changer by allowing users to upload data faster and experience fewer dropped calls.”

    The BST devices allow for the antenna tuning to be optimized depending upon conditions, thus making them adaptive. Voltages to the BST tuner IC’s are modified to maximize tuner efficiency, thus saving power and reducing dropped calls.
    But still, it should have a few years' worth of software and hardware improvements compared to what the Z10/Q10 launched with.
    06-23-14 12:02 PM
  3. tomistarkapi's Avatar
    Sometimes i have problems with my Q10: droped calls

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    06-23-14 02:12 PM
  4. idssteve's Avatar
    I second that question. Lost calls can cost $$ in business. Sure hope the 20 has good reception, however it does it.
    06-23-14 04:09 PM
  5. gunnerfitzy's Avatar
    Thanks for everyone's input. There doesn't seem to be a definitive answer in the public domain at the moment. Hopefully BlackBerry will release information on this in the near future.

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    06-23-14 04:28 PM
  6. jpvj's Avatar
    I have a feeling "Paratek antenna" is a marketing buzzword:

    Inside the BlackBerry Z10 | Chipworks Blog



    But still, it should have a few years' worth of software and hardware improvements compared to what the Z10/Q10 launched with.
    Thx for sharing.

    Do you have any contacts within BlackBerry that may confirm this?

    In my experience the Z30 does provide better antenna capabilities but I might be biased due to the marketing of Z30/paratek.

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    06-23-14 04:52 PM
  7. AnimalPak200's Avatar
    The paratek antenna technology sounds just like a tunable array. From what I understand it minimizes battery consumption when the device is in standby in low signal areas, and maximizes signal reception (and consequently increases battery load) only when actually being used to transmit/receive.

    In other words, it's biggest contribution is to maximize battery life (as evidenced with the Z30). Since it's pretty hard to squeeze more battery life out of current batteries, it would be very unlikely that they would not incorporate this into any future phones since it would likely decrease any battery life claims.

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    06-23-14 06:09 PM
  8. anon5759238's Avatar
    Reception is also better with z30 then with z10 I know cause I've used both

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    06-25-14 09:46 AM
  9. idssteve's Avatar
    The paratek antenna technology sounds just like a tunable array. From what I understand it minimizes battery consumption when the device is in standby in low signal areas, and maximizes signal reception (and consequently increases battery load) only when actually being used to transmit/receive.

    In other words, it's biggest contribution is to maximize battery life (as evidenced with the Z30). Since it's pretty hard to squeeze more battery life out of current batteries, it would be very unlikely that they would not incorporate this into any future phones since it would likely decrease any battery life claims.

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    If Paratek is some form of "tunable array",
    is it possible a removable battery cover might have complicated FCC compliance for it? Hence, the z30's fixed cover?? ?
    06-25-14 01:49 PM
  10. jpvj's Avatar
    I've asked my very trustworthy source and he replied that only Z30 and future devices have Paratek antenna technology.

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    06-27-14 01:37 PM
  11. gunnerfitzy's Avatar
    I've asked my very trustworthy source and he replied that only Z30 and future devices have Paratek antenna technology.

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    All foreseeable future devices e.g. classic or future full touchscreen devices?

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    06-27-14 02:01 PM
  12. Prem WatsApp's Avatar
    I've asked my very trustworthy source and he replied that only Z30 and future devices have Paratek antenna technology.

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    Wasn't that what they advertised? Z30's battery new and improved? So implicitly the previous devices don't have it.

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    06-30-14 07:40 AM
  13. Prem WatsApp's Avatar
    I have a feeling "Paratek antenna" is a marketing buzzword:

    Inside the BlackBerry Z10 | Chipworks Blog



    But still, it should have a few years' worth of software and hardware improvements compared to what the Z10/Q10 launched with.
    I reckon it's a great advertising buzzword, they should keep using it, and of course fitting the devices with it.

    Do the other phone makers advertise anything like it? Couldn't tell off the top of my head.



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    06-30-14 07:43 AM
  14. mad_mdx's Avatar
    I have a Z30 and hi had the z10 before. Same reception. Same bad reception at the same spots, same good reception at others.
    As far as I can tell
    06-30-14 08:18 AM

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