Research In Motion, now simply named BlackBerry, is making headlines right now. They just recently released the Z10, a touchscreen smartphone that boasts their new OS the BlackBerry 10 OS. Itâs a huge revamp from previous versions.
As a whole, the Z10 is now similar to other leading smartphones in the market. It has a large touchscreen and an operating system that takes advantage of it. It also contains high â end components similar to other top smartphones.
How does its hardware compare to other phones, such as the industry â leading Samsung Galaxy S III? Letâs take a look, shall we?
The BlackBerry Z10 joins the fray of smartphones with big screens. Featuring a 4.2 inch screen, it is rectangular in design with soft corners, reminiscent of the iPhone, but much simpler in design. It is 0.4 inches thick, 2.6 inches wide and 5.1 inches long.
The Galaxy S III is larger than the Z10. It features a 4.8 inch screen. It features curved ends instead of being purely rectangular. Itâs thinner at 0.33 inches, but is longer and wider, measuring 5.37 x and 2.77 inches wide.
As mentioned earlier, the BlackBerry Z10 has a 4.2 inch screen. It has a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, giving it a high pixel density. It certainly matches up with the other smartphones out there.
As for the Galaxy S III, it has a 4.8 inch screen with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720. It makes use of a Super AMOLED display, resulting in very bright colors and smooth images.
Just like other high â end smartphones today, the BlackBerry Z10 has an 8.0 megapixel rear camera. Earlier high â end BlackBerry models carried 5.0 megapixels, so itâs nice to see a substantial upgrade. In the front of the smartphone, you get a 2.0 megapixel camera. Thereâs also an LED flash.
There are lots of features included in the camera to assist you. Thereâs autofocus and the ability to choose aspect ratios. You also have three shooting modes and scene modes too. Overall, the camera is impressive, since it also records video in 1080p HD.
The Galaxy S IIIâs camera is also very capable. While still maintaining 8.0 megapixels, picture quality hasnât really improved. What the Galaxy S IIIâs camera leads in are features. For example, it has zero shutter lag, meaning you can instantly take many pictures. Other features include the ability to filter out certain colors before taking shots.
Again, other mainstay features include the ability to record in 1080p HD.
For the BlackBerry Z10, youâll only get 16 GB of storage. Itâs already a lot, but it may be too little for people who heavily rely on their smartphones.
The Galaxy S III has more storage choices, from 16 GB to 64 GB. On top of that, you also have a micro SD card slot for further expansion.
Processors are very important in smartphones. They handle all the tasks and make sure the interface flows smoothly, thatâs why manufacturers place a lot of emphasis on them. They also handle the graphics for great â looking games.
In the Z10, you get one of the best processors right now, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. Itâs a dual â core processor with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz.
For the Galaxy S III, youâll find Samsungâs very own Exynos quad â core processor. It has a clock speed of 1.4 GHz. This allows the phone to perform amazing stunts, such as running multiple apps at the same time.
Overall though, both of the phones are smooth in terms of operation. Youâll barely notice the difference.
Hardware â wise, the Z10 can compete with the best smartphones today. While late to the competition, BlackBerry needs it to boost their revenue.
How about the software though? We didnât tackle that here, as exploring the facets of both the BlackBerry 10 and Android Jelly Bean would take too much time.
Hopefully by looking at the hardware, youâll be able to gauge how well the Z10 performs.