The BlackBerry Z10: How It Stacks Up Against The iPhone, Android And Windows 8 Superphones [Chart]

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How does the BlackBerry Z10 Compare?
How does the BlackBerry Z10 Compare?

It’s official: the BlackBerry Z10, the first smartphone to ship with the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and what many believe is the last chance for BlackBerry (formerly RIM) to save itself from complete irrelevance.

The early reviews of the Z10 aren’t bad, but aren’t great, pretty much agreeing that the smartphone is just good enough to buy BlackBerry some time. But how does it stack up, spec-for-spec, against the iPhone 5 and some of Android’s top phones? We’ve put together a chart for you to see for yourself.

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BlackBerry Z10

iPhone 5 

Nokia Lumia 920

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Samsung Galaxy SIII

HTC One X
Operating System BlackBerry 10 iOS 6 Windows Phone 8 Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwitch
Display 4.2-inch LCD display (1280 x 768) 4-inch Retina display (1136×640) 4.3-inch AMOLED display (800×480) 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display (1280×720) 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display (1280×720) 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display (1280×720)
PPI 356 326 332 312 306 312
Processor 1.2GHz dual-core 1.3GHz dual-core A6 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9
RAM 2GB 1GB 1GB 1GB 1GB-2GB 1GB
Storage 16GB + microSD slot 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 32GB 32GB + microSD slot 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 32GB
Camera(s) 8MP (rear) + 2MP (front) 8MP (rear) with f2.4 + 1.3MP (front) 8.7MP PureView (rear) + 1.3MP (front) 8MP (rear) + 1.3MP (front) 8MP (rear) + 1.9MP (front) 8MP (rear) + 1.3MP (front)
Wireless UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTE UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTE HSDPA, GSM, LTE HSDPA, GSM, CDMA, LTE UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GSM, CDMA, LTE UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, GSM
Dimensions 130mm x 66mm x 9.3mm 123.83 x 58.57 x 7.6 mm 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm 131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3 mm 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight 136 g 112 g 185 g 157 g 133 g 130 g
Battery 1,800 mAh 1,440 mAh, 3.8V 2,000 mAh 3,300 mAh 2,100 mAh, 3.8V 1,800 mAh

Please scroll the table left and right to see all of its contentsAs you can see, hardware-wise, the BlackBerry Z10 is about on-par with what we expect from a modern smartphone, but doesn’t exactly push the envelope in anything except pixel density. And with Mobile World Congress 2013 right around the corner, it’s likely that before the Z10 even launches in March, we’ll see some smartphones that blow the BlackBerry 10 out of the water.

Even so, compared to the hardware Dark Ages that BlackBerry users have been haunting up until now, the Z10 is clearly a step in the right direction: the first truly modern BlackBerry that the company has introduced in years. But are decent specs alone enough to stop BlackBerry’s calamitous plummet when it comes to market share?

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