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A Brief Look at the Technical Specs of BlackBerry Z10, Q10

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

The hardware behind BlackBerry's hope for the future.

BlackBerry spent the majority of its time preaching the virtues of its BlackBerry 10 OS, and with good reason. The future success of the company rests on the performance and acceptance of BB10. Now we're taking a look at the technical specs of the Z10, the all-touch version, and the Q10 that's meant for those classic BlackBerry users who need the hardware keyboard.

While not explicitly listed in the specifications, both BlackBerry phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chips -- the same as found in the North American Samsung Galaxy S3 and many of the latest Windows Phone 8 models. In line with previous BlackBerry hardware, the specifications themselves aren't world-beating, but rather the company is counting on its specialized software and unique security features to be the key differentiators. Of course, there's also what will likely be the world's best hardware keyboard on a phone in the Q10.

A BlackBerry Q10 compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2A BlackBerry Q10 compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The entire Q10 can fit inside the Note 2's 5.5'' screenThe entire Q10 can fit inside the Note 2's 5.5'' screenMashable also has a chart comparing the Z10 against the Lumia 920, iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3.    

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    Thunderfox , January 31, 2013 6:26 PM
    4.2"? Pass. It's basically a mini S3. I wonder how long until somebody puts Android on it.

    And the Q10 is like a tiny child's toy.
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    meltbox360 , January 31, 2013 6:29 PM
    Quite a nice phone. Unfortunately not the absolute best on the market but the UI and the way everything works is completely new. I'll have to pick one up and see but as long as you are running native apps the thing never stutters. I for one would not like a bigger phone like the S3 but to each their own.
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    sulanis , January 31, 2013 6:32 PM
    hardware is only part of the equation! if the kernal knows how to manage the resources of the hardware effectively thats all that matters.

    I prefer the size of the z10 myself, but I wouldn't be opposed to getting the q10
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    john15v16 , January 31, 2013 6:37 PM
    I really hope this new blackberry does well...
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    wdmfiber , January 31, 2013 6:59 PM
    Wow, varying opinions what a good physical size for a phone should be. I'm disappointed in the Z10; only because physically it's too big. I think the iPhone 4 dimensions are perfect and I won't buy anything bigger. Mainly do to the inconvenience, but also embarrassment... "look at the tool on the phablet"

    But it looks like history may repeat itself. Dust off the old Motorola DynaTAC, it's back in style.
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    lradunovic77 , January 31, 2013 7:24 PM
    Better than iPhone and Windows Phone. The beauty of it is OS which owns Android, Windows 8 Phone and iOS all together.
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    Vorador2 , January 31, 2013 8:08 PM
    This is what should have been launched last year. Now after so many delays, the only thing drawing clients to Blackberry is brand loyalty and a physical keyboard. Even their own Blackberry Server now works with Android and iPhone, skewing the need of purchasing a BB.
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    djfv , January 31, 2013 8:16 PM
    wdmfiberWow, varying opinions what a good physical size for a phone should be. I'm disappointed in the Z10; only because physically it's too big. I think the iPhone 4 dimensions are perfect and I won't buy anything bigger. Mainly do to the inconvenience, but also embarrassment... "look at the tool on the phablet"But it looks like history may repeat itself. Dust off the old Motorola DynaTAC, it's back in style.


    It is only 0.2 inches bigger.
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    iknowhowtofixit , January 31, 2013 8:18 PM
    Why does everyone seem to forget all the hype that surrounded the original BlackBerry Storm and the subsequent flop? BlackBerry haven't proven in 3-4 years that they can compete with the rest of the smart phone market. What's so different now, or is this paid "news" advertising?
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    Thunderfox , January 31, 2013 9:13 PM
    wdmfiberWow, varying opinions what a good physical size for a phone should be. I'm disappointed in the Z10; only because physically it's too big. I think the iPhone 4 dimensions are perfect and I won't buy anything bigger. Mainly do to the inconvenience, but also embarrassment... "look at the tool on the phablet"But it looks like history may repeat itself. Dust off the old Motorola DynaTAC, it's back in style.


    Unless you have tiny woman hands, an S3 is not too big at all. And if you actually use your smartphone for, you know, smartphone things, the bigger screen is a major benefit.
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    Thunderfox , January 31, 2013 10:23 PM
    otacon72I have huge hands and the S3 is too big..it didn't fit in my pocket and I couldn't operate it with one hand. Anything bigger than a 4.2" display is a waste in a smartphone.

    I can't imagine what kind of clothes you wear if it did not fit in your pocket. I can operate it with one hand if I have to, but it is easier to use two. But the same was true when I had a 4" phone. It is just easier to use your opposite index finger as a pointer than a thumb.

    But to each his own, I suppose. As long as there is a range of choices, I will stick with bigger phones. I actually kind of wish I had gotten a Note.
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    meltbox360 , January 31, 2013 10:45 PM
    iknowhowtofixitWhy does everyone seem to forget all the hype that surrounded the original BlackBerry Storm and the subsequent flop? BlackBerry haven't proven in 3-4 years that they can compete with the rest of the smart phone market. What's so different now, or is this paid "news" advertising?


    Well sir how about you even know what BB10 is before comparing it to the storm which was a complete failure. They are nothing alike. Hardware and software are entirely different. You sir are comparing a reliant robin to a BMW M3. Hardly a comparison that makes sense unless its done on top gear with silly intents.