The all-new BlackBerry Z10 has not helped the struggling Canadian smartphone maker. (Credit: Reuters)

It's been few days since Canadian smartphone maker unveiled the BlackBerry Z30 phablet. Now, the company is reportedly working on a mid-range, C-series smartphone.

BlackBerry community website, BBin, has leaked a snapshot of a the upcoming BlackBerry touchscreen phone, codenamed 'Americano'. The device is said to be in the low-tier c-series handset under trials and is expected to be a hybrid of BalcBerry's Z10 and Q5 smartphones. [To view the snapshot, Click Here]

The handset will reportedly feature a Z10 design frame and come with specifications of the mid-range Q5 model. Other stipulated features inlude a 4.2-inch HD LCD screen with 1280x720p resolution, dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory, 5.0-megapixel camera on the rear side and a front-facing 2.0-megapixel camera. The new phone is expected to be released later this year.

On Wednesday (18 September), BlackBerry unveiled the 5.0-inch BlackBerry Z30 phablet. It sports a super AMOLE display and runs on the new BlackBerry OS v10.2 powered by 1.7GHz processor with quad-core graphics engine.

The device houses a 2880 mAh battery capable of running the smartphone for up to 25 hours under 'mixed' use, a notch up compared to its predecessor BlackBerry Z10 which featured a 1800 mAh battery.

The company will begin sales of BlackBerry Z30 initially in the Middle East and UK in the coming weeks. Other major markets are expected to recieve shipments before the holiday season begins.

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