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The BlackBerry Z10 is the first all-touch smartphone to run the BlackBerry 10 OS and represents a major bet by the company to compete in a modern smartphone ecosystem. It features a 4.2-inch multitouch LCD display and fast LTE connectivity.

Description

While the BlackBerry Q10 QWERTY smartphone looks very similar to legacy BlackBerry devices, make no mistake the Q10 is a thoroughly a modern smartphone: it runs RIM's new BlackBerry 10 OS, and has a 720 x 720 display above that full keyboard.

At first glance, Apple's iPhone 5 looks very similar to its predecessor but on comparison you'll notice it has a larger, 4-inch display and aluminum unibody construction. Its the first iPhone to include LTE connectivity as well as Apple's "Lightning" data connector for charging and sync.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II, successor to the famously huge Galaxy Note, ups the ante with an even larger 5.5 inch screen. Like other Samsung Note products, it's built with stylus use in mind, with several OS enhancements to support it. Additionally, the Note II's hardware has been redesigned to resemble that of the Galaxy S III.

Droid DNA has a 1080p display, the same resolution as a full HD TV, but all in a 5-inch display. This gives the device the highest PPI of any smartphone as of its release. Of course, if the phone looks familiar, it's because its based off of HTC's Japanese release, the J Butterfly.

Nokia's smartphone, the Lumia 920, comes with a significant spec increase over the previous generation. While the Lumia 920 predictably bumped the display size up to 4.5-inches and runs Windows Phone 8, it also adds in some more unique tweaks like wireless charging and an 8.7 megapixel "PureView" camera.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: March 2013
  • Price at launch: $199.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: April 2013
  • Price at launch: $249.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Sep. 21, 2012
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: October 2012
  • Price at launch: $299.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 21, 2012
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 9, 2012
  • Price at launch: $99.00
  • Height: 5.12 inches
  • Width: 2.58 inches
  • Thickness: .35 inches
  • Weight: .3 pounds
  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: Black, White
  • Loudspeaker: Mono

Hardware

  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: White, Black
  • Physical keypad: QWERTY
  • Loudspeaker: Mono
  • Height: 4.87 inches
  • Width: 2.31 inches
  • Thickness: 0.3 inches
  • Weight: 0.25 pounds
  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: White / Silver, Black / Gray
  • Loudspeaker: Mono
  • Noise cancellation: Hardware (multi-mic)
  • Height: 5.9 inches
  • Width: 3.2 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 0.4 pounds
  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: White, Grey
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Height: 5.55 inches
  • Width: 2.78 inches
  • Thickness: .38 inches
  • Weight: .31 pounds
  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: Black
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Noise cancellation: Hardware (multi-mic)
  • Height: 5.11 inches
  • Width: 2.79 inches
  • Thickness: 0.42 inches
  • Weight: 0.41 pounds
  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: White, Black, Yellow, Red, Gray
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Noise cancellation: Hardware (multi-mic)
  • Screen size (diagonal): 4.2 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Pixel arrangement: RGB
  • Resolution (Y): 1280 px
  • Resolution (X): 768 px
  • PPI: 356
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 3.1 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Pixel arrangement: RGB
  • Resolution (Y): 720 px
  • Resolution (X): 720 px
  • PPI: 330
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Screen size (diagonal): 4 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Pixel arrangement: RGB
  • Resolution (Y): 1136 px
  • Resolution (X): 640 px
  • PPI: 326
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Screen size (diagonal): 5.5 inches
  • Technology: Super AMOLED HD
  • Resolution (Y): 1280 px
  • Resolution (X): 720 px
  • PPI: 267
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Screen size (diagonal): 5 inches
  • Technology: Super LCD 3
  • Pixel arrangement: RGB
  • Resolution (Y): 1920 px
  • Resolution (X): 1080 px
  • PPI: 440
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Screen size (diagonal): 4.5 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Pixel arrangement: RGB
  • Resolution (Y): 1280 px
  • Resolution (X): 768 px
  • PPI: 332
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Carriers: Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T
  • UMTS / HSPA: Yes
  • LTE: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC support: Yes
  • Tethering / mobile hotspot: Yes

Connectivity

  • Carriers: Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T
  • LTE: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC support: Yes
  • Tethering / mobile hotspot: Yes
  • Carriers: AT&T
  • GSM: Yes
  • GSM frequencies supported: 1900, 900, 850
  • UMTS / HSPA: Yes
  • UMTS frequencies supported: 900, 2100, 1900, 850
  • LTE: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Tethering / mobile hotspot: Yes
  • Media streaming: AirPlay
  • Carriers: Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular
  • LTE: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC support: Yes
  • Media streaming: DLNA, AllShare
  • Carriers: Verizon Wireless
  • CDMA: Yes
  • GSM: Yes
  • UMTS / HSPA: Yes
  • LTE: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC support: Yes
  • Tethering / mobile hotspot: Yes
  • Media streaming: DLNA, Media Link HD
  • Carriers: AT&T
  • GSM: Yes
  • GSM frequencies supported: 1900, 1800, 900, 850
  • UMTS / HSPA: Yes
  • UMTS frequencies supported: 900, 2100, 1900, 850
  • LTE: Yes
  • Max WWAN downlink speed: 100 Mbps
  • Max WWAN uplink speed: 50 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC support: Yes
  • Tethering / mobile hotspot: Yes
  • Clock speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Number of cores: 2

Processor

  • Clock speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Number of cores: 2
  • Manufacturer: Apple
  • Model: A6
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Number of cores: 2
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Brand / family: Exynos
  • Clock speed: 1.6 GHz
  • Number of cores: 4
  • Manufacturer: Qualcomm
  • Brand / family: Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • Model: APQ8064
  • Clock speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Number of cores: 4
  • Manufacturer: Qualcomm
  • Brand / family: Snapdragon S4
  • Clock speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Number of cores: 2

GPU

  • Manufacturer: Qualcomm
  • Model: Adreno 320
  • RAM size: 2 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB
  • External: Yes
  • Max external size: 32 GB
  • External type: microSD

Storage

  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB
  • External: No
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External: Yes
  • Max external size: 64 GB
  • External type: microSD
  • Internal size: 16 GB
  • External: No
  • Internal size: 32 GB
  • External: No
  • Resolution: 2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p

Front Camera

  • Resolution: 2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Resolution: 1.2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Resolution: 1.9 megapixels
  • Resolution: 2.2 megapixels
  • Resolution: 1.2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Resolution: 8 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p

Rear Camera

  • Resolution: 8 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Resolution: 8 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Resolution: 8 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Resolution: 8 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Resolution: 8.7 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Operating system: BlackBerry OS
  • Launch OS version: 10

Software

  • Operating system: BlackBerry OS
  • Launch OS version: 10
  • Operating system: iOS
  • Launch OS version: 6.0
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: TouchWiz
  • Launch OS version: 4.1
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Sense 4+
  • Launch OS version: 4.1
  • Operating system: Windows Phone
  • Launch OS version: 8
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI

Interface

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Lightning
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Micro USB, MHL
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Micro USB, MHL
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Micro USB
Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Sensors

Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer
Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 1800 mAh
  • Removable: Yes

Battery

  • Removable: No
  • Capacity: 3100 mAh
  • Removable: Yes
  • Capacity: 2020 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Wireless charging: Yes
  • Capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Wireless charging: Yes

Benchmarks

  • The Verge Battery Test: 4 hours and 25 minutes
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