BY | February 7, 2013

Both the handsets mean a lot for the embattled Canadian tech company. BlackBerry Z10 Vs BlackBerry Q10 specs comparison makes very interesting reading

BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, has announced a couple of nice handsets for its new software. Along with announcing BlackBerry 10 on January 30, BlackBerry rolled out the handsets called the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10; respectively a touchscreen-only and QWERTY-touchscreen combo phones. They will initially represent the innovatively-designed BB 10. BlackBerry may add more devices to the platform sometime later. Here is our comparison of the BlackBerry Z10 and Blackberry Q10.

In many important aspects, both the devices have some features in common. They mainly differ in their input options. The Z10 is a full touchscreen handset, while the other one is looking like a typical BlackBerry phone with a QWERTY keypad and touchscreen combination. Well, let us move to the BlackBerry phone comparison here.

Size & Weight: The Z10 features the dimensions of 130 x 65.6 x 9mm and it weighs at 137.5 grams. The Q10 is a bit smaller as it measures at 119.6 x 66.8 x 10.4mm and it weighs at 139 grams. The former one wins over the latter in both body thinness and weight. Design wise, the Q10 is a largely curved handset that resembles the typical BlackBerry phone. The Z10, on the other hand, is less curved and it has a wider bezel.

Display Screen: The BlackBerry Z10 sports a 4.2-inch touchscreen that packs a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels at 355-ppi. BlackBerry might have put the display size at 4.2 inches deliberately with an eye at directly competing with iPhone 5 that has a 4-inch display. Meanwhile, the Q10 has a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen that touts a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels at 328-ppi.

Processor: The Z10 is equipped with a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 225. The Q10 also have a 1.5GHz dual core processor. It is a Cortex-A9 CPU that packs a TI OMAP 4470 chipset, which is backed by 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX544 graphical processor.

Storage: Both the devices have 16GB internal memory, plus microSD slots for supporting memory cards up to 64GB using external sticks. Indeed, 16GB internal memory is much more as they offer microSD slot for letting users expand memory for more capacity.

Camera: Both the new BlackBerry phones mount 8MP rear cameras with all essential camera features. They include autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and more. The Z10 sports a 2MP front facing camera for video chats; meanwhile, it is not known that what front facing camera the Q10 will have for video chatting.

Connectivity: Both the handsets tout all prominent connectivity options. You have cellular connectivity features like GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA at 21Mbps, HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps, 4G LTE and EV-DO Rev. A. When it comes to other options for connectivity, you have Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and microUSB 2.0 with both the devices.

Battery: BlackBerry has used the same Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery inside the handsets. Because of the powerful battery, the devices will provide up to 10 hours of time with single recharge.

Price & Availability: BlackBerry has launched its first next-gen phone the Z10 in the U.K and U.S. for $200 with two year contracts. All key carriers in the countries sell the device. As writing this, the device has been sold out by some carriers due to huge demand. “The response we’ve seen exceeded all of our launch partners’ expectations. Customers are choosing to buy the BlackBerry Z10 in large numbers,” said BlackBerry UK managing director Stephen Bate.

Meanwhile, the Q10 is likely for release sometime in May or June in the U.S. It will also be coming with an attractive price on data contracts. It will first appear on global carriers in April, said BlackBerry spokeswoman Amy McDowell. “We will announce new pricing and availability information as carriers roll out around the world. We are working closely with our carrier partners to accelerate their testing process, but cannot offer any specifics on U.S. availability,” he added.

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