Difference between Blackberry Q10 and Sony Xperia Z

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. Sony Xperia Z is the latest smartphone designed, manufactured and marketed by Sony Mobile and was released February 2013. The Xperia Z is a bar phone that is available with 5 inch TFT touch screen that has approximately 441 ppi pixel density that produces a sharp and clear display. The phone sports 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait, 2GB RAM with up to 16 GB internal memory storage capacity and up to 32 GB expandable storage available.

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.

Xperia Z and Xperia ZL are two phones that Sony has launched in competition to Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5. These two phones are similar in design and features, with only slight alterations to the ZL. These phones are Sony’s plan to put itself back on the smartphone market. Sony announced the phones at the 2013 CES in January.

The Sony Xperia Z is the latest smartphone designed, manufactured and marketed by Sony Mobile and was released February 2013. The phone is powered by Android and is one of the latest additions to phones launched by Sony after its separation from Ericsson. The Xperia Z is a bar phone that is available with 5 inch TFT touch screen that has approximately 441 ppi pixel density that produces a sharp and clear display. The design of the phone is focused on creating a balance and symmetry in all directions and is termed as “OmniBalance” by Sony.  The phone is held together by a skeleton frame made from glass fibre polyamide. The glass on the front and back are covered by shatterproof film. One of the amazing features about the phone is that it is dust and water resistance. It has captured attention for its ability to being submerged in water.

The phone differs from its predecessors in many ways. The company has also shifted the power button from the top of the phone to the middle of the right side making it easier for the person to operate the phone with one hand. The phone sports 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait, 2GB RAM with up to 16 GB internal memory storage capacity and up to 32 GB expandable storage available. The quad-core processor makes the phone pretty fast and powerful, though Wired Magazine claims that the phone is a bit slow during starting up the camera. The phone offers a 13.1 MP Exmor RS camera and a 2 MP 1080p Exmor R front camera. The camera reviews on almost every website have been spectacular claiming that phone produces crisp images and the quality of the pictures is good even in low-lighting situations. The phone also offers USB-on-the-go, which allows users to connect USB drives to the phone. The phone is also offered at a decent price is considerably worth the every penny it charges.

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

 

Blackberry Q10

Sony Xperia Z

Launch Date

April 2013

February 2013

Company

Research In Motion

Sony Mobile

Size

119.6 x 66.8 x 10.4 mm

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Display

3.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

1920 x 1080 pixels, (~441 ppi pixel density) 16 million colors

Screen

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

5.0 inches TFT

Protection

-

IP57 certified - dust and water resistant, water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes and shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass.

Weight

139 grams

146 g (5.15 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

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

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - C6602, C6603

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

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6603

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - C6602

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

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - C6603

GUI

BlackBerry Flow user interface

Sony UI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 Dual-core

1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait

GPU

PowerVR SGX544

Adreno 320

OS

BlackBerry 10 OS

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

TI OMAP 4470

Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064

RAM

2GB

2GB

SIM Size

mircoSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB

Up to 16 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

up to 32 GB

Sensors

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

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

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

4G LTE (100 mbps), GPS, GLONASS, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, DLNA, USB On-The-Go and MHL.

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, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0.

Primary Camera

8MP 3264 x 2448 pixels

13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and Burst Mode; 4128x3096 pixels

Secondary Camera

2MP

2 MP 1080p Exmor R

Video

[email protected]

[email protected], continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer, HDR

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
  • 16x digital zoom
  • HDR for both picture/film
  • Face detection
  • Flash/Pulsed LED and Photo light
  • Geotagging
  • Image stabilizer
  • Picture Effect
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene recognition
  • Smile detection
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

-

xLoud™ Experience, 3D Surround Sound (VPT)

Audio supported formats

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

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac

Video supported formats

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

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV

Battery Capacity

2100 mAH removable battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery

Talktime

3G: 13.5 hours

Up to 11 hours

Standby Time

3G: 14.8 days

Up to 550 hours

Available Colors

Black, White

Black, White, Purple

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

TBA

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS

Preloaded with BlackBerry Maps application

GLONASS support

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

MIDP 2.1

Yes, via 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
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
  • MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Pre-loaded Google applications

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

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