Difference between Blackberry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S3

Key Difference: The BlackBerry Q10 has a 3.1-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that allows users to access data using touch and weighs approx 139 grams. Below the screen, there is a full QWERTY keyboard that is similar to those found on the old BlackBerrys. The device is powered by 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 Dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor and PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Samsung Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4.

Blackberry added a new phone, Q10, to its growing line-up that is aimed at the original users as it features a full QWERTY keyboard. Separating themselves from the full-touch smartphones, the company is trying to garner attention among the users that do not have time to play with touchscreen and require keyboard for typing. However, fret not; the device is also has touch capability on its screen.

The BlackBerry Q10 has a 3.1-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that allows users to access data using touch and weighs approx 139 grams. Below the screen, there is a full QWERTY keyboard that is similar to those found on the old BlackBerrys. The phone has a custom glass-weave black panel that can be popped off to access the battery, SIM and microSD card slots. The USB and the charging port can be found on the left side of the device, while the right side has the volume rocker and a middle button for play/pause and quickly toggling vibration mode. The Power button is placed at the top of the screen, while the mic and the loudspeaker are placed on the bottom of the device. The back of the device has the camera and the flash, which is separated from the removable back by a metal band.

The device is powered by 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 Dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor and PowerVR SGX544 GPU. The device comes with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage system that can be expanded by 64 GB via SD card. The device comes with an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera. The primary camera comes with multiple features such as 5-element F2.2 lens, Dedicated ISP (image signal processor) with 64MB frame buffer, Enhanced Super Resolution Digital Zoom (5x), 4 DOF (Degrees of freedom) video stabilization, Hybrid absorptive IR filter and Time Shift.

The company has also incorporated the features and apps that are found in the Z10 including The Hub, which is a screen that is available by swiping left after the first menu page and task switcher and it is creates a single point where the user can check all updates from SMS, e-mail to facebook notifications. The phone also comes with Blackberry Balance that allows users to create multiple profiles on their phone separating their professional life from their personal life. Other included features also include LED Indicator, BlackBerry Story Maker, Universal Search, already loaded Blackberry Apps and other apps such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. The phone houses a 2100 mAH removable battery.

Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. Samsung Electronics has become one of the key competitors in the smartphone market due to innovative technologies. The group has launched popular phones such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II.

The Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can be upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy S III has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 supports a 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU and 1 GB RAM. The S3 is available with 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity, which can be expanded up to an additional 64 GB.

The phone boasts an 8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with flash, zero shutter lag and BSI. It also supports a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera that is capable of recording HD videos @30fps. When the phone was initially launched in May, the phone was considered to have been backed with innovative features and the TouchWiz "Nature UX" GUI was considered to be advanced. The GUI also included the “Water Lux” effect which can produce water ripples on contact. The phone also offered S Voice in response to Apple’s Siri, which enabled users to verbally control 20 functions on the phone. It was effectively considered as a iPhone killer. It also received additional publicity because of the ongoing patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Blackberry website, Samsung website and GSMArena.com.

 

Blackberry Q10

Samsung Galaxy S3

Launch Date

April 2013

May 2012

Company

Research In Motion

Samsung Electronics

Size

119.6 x 66.8 x 10.4 mm

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Display

3.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED

Screen

720 x 720 pixels (~328 ppi pixel density), 16M colors

1280x720 pixels

Protection

-

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

139 grams

133 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

CDMA 800 / 1900 - SQN100-2, SQN100-4

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - SQN100-1

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - SQN100-2, SQN100-3, SQN100-4

HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - SQN100-5

(HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 - SQN100-1, SQN100-5

LTE 700 / 1700 - SQN100-2

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - SQN100-3

LTE 1900 - SQN100-4

Depends on market availability.

GUI

BlackBerry Flow user interface

TouchWiz "Nature UX"

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 Dual-core

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

PowerVR SGX544

Mali-400MP

OS

BlackBerry 10 OS

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

TI OMAP 4470

Exynos 4412 Quad

RAM

2GB

1 GB

SIM Size

mircoSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB

16/32/64 GB (The 64GB model has been discontinued)

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

microSD up to 64 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Connectivity

2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi hotspot

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0(LE), microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, wireless charging.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.

Speed

EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, HSPA, LTE (market dependent)

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR.

USB

microUSB v2.0

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

8MP 3264 x 2448 pixels

8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI.

Secondary Camera

2MP

1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI

Video

[email protected]

[email protected], zero shutter lag.

Camera Features

  • Autofocus rear camera
  • LED Flash
  • Geo-Tagging
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection
  • 5-element F2.2 lens
  • Dedicated ISP (image signal processor) with 64MB frame buffer
  • Enhanced Super Resolution Digital Zoom (5x)
  • 4 DOF (Degrees of freedom) video stabilization
  • Hybrid absorptive IR filter
  • Time Shift mode for pinpointing and adjusting individual elements of your picture
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • Burst shot & Best photo
  • Recording snapshot
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

-

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

3GP, 3GP2, MP4, WMA, MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, AWB, OGG, FLAC

Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X.

Video supported formats

M4A, M4V, MOV, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS

Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p).

Battery Capacity

2100 mAH removable battery

2100 mAh battery

Talktime

3G: 13.5 hours

2G: 21 hours 40 minutes

3G: 11 hours 40 minutes

Standby Time

3G: 14.8 days

2G: 590 hours

3G: 790 hours

Available Colors

Black, White

Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur

Messaging

SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

TBA

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS

Preloaded with BlackBerry Maps application

GLONASS support

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

MIDP 2.1

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • HDMI port
  • BlackBerry maps
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • BlackBerry® Hub
  • Preloaded BlackBerry applications
  • Password protection and screen lock
  • BlackBerry® Balance™ technology
  • LED indicator
  • Voice natural language, commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: us.blackberry.com, samsung.com

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