Difference between Sony Xperia SP and Blackberry Z10

Key Difference: Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor. The Blackberry Z10 is the latest smartphone that has been released in January 2013 by Research in Motion. The Z10 is a bar phone that is available with a 4.2 inch capacitive touch screen that has approximately 355 ppi pixel density, providing a clear and sharp display. If supports a 1.5 GHz Dual-core Krait, 2GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage capacity and expandable capacity up to 64 GB.

Almost every year a bunch of new phones and tablets are released and announced. The constant upgrade in technology ensures that people always have new products to purchase. However, it also increases the amount of decisions that a person has to make. Is the Blackberry worth the price or the new S4? Or is it better to go for another phone or an older model. All these decisions require a person to have a distinct comparison in front of them to allow them to decide which phone is worth the price and which phone is offering what features. Sony has announced new medium-range and low-range phones that will be released later on in the year and is considered to be a blessing in the high priced technology market, while Blackberry Z10 was announced last year and is already available in the market.

Sony announced the launch of its most anticipated smart phone the Xperia Z in January. In March, it also announced its revamped cell phone line up. In addition to the high and mighty Z, the company has also announced the launch of the mid-range cell phone Xperia SP. The SP model combines features from the Sony’s 2012 models S and P as well retains some features from flagship.

The Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor. The phone is available with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with no word on if it is upgradeable to the 4.2 version. The phone has 8 GB worth of internal space, of which only 5.8 GB is available to the users; however, fret not Sony also offers a SD card slot that is expandable up to 32 GB.

For all the camera shutterbugs, the SP houses the 8MP Exmor RS camera that gives brilliant and sharp images in low-lighting, back-lighting and snaps shots with low noise. The camera also has features such as Superior Auto that uses Scene Recognition to automatically adjust the photo setting. Additionally, it also offers 16x digital zoom, autofocus and pulsed LED flash. One of the old features that have been revamped is the notification light from the Xperia P. The notification light has been added as a see through strip on the bottom of the handset. The notification light is customizable and the user can add different lights to different callers. The lights also changes pulse rate during songs. The notification light is visible on the both sides of the phone, making it easier to determine the caller through the light when the phone is placed faced down. The phone also offers aluminum power button the right panel and has also brought back the physical camera button. However, the phone isn’t able to record HDR video. Sony has not yet announced the prices and the launch dates for the phone.

The Blackberry Z10 is the latest smartphone that has been released in January 2013 by Research in Motion. The phone is powered by the company’s BB10 and is believed to be the company’s latest attempts to capture the smartphone market. The Z10 is a bar phone that is available with a 4.2 inch capacitive touch screen that has approximately 355 ppi pixel density, providing a clear and sharp display. The phone is also light in weight and perfect for one-hand operation. If supports a 1.5 GHz Dual-core Krait, 2GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage capacity and expandable capacity up to 64 GB. The Z10 has an 8MP auto-focus camera along with 2MP front-facing camera for video conferencing. The camera offers a new Time Shift mode that allows users to pinpoint and adjust individual elements of a picture.

The users can interact with the OS using gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch. The phone comes with a few new features such as Hub, Balance, Story Maker and Remember. The Hub 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. It also offers the users to post messages, update twitter, facebook and any other services. BlackBerry Balance is a feature that allows people to separate their work life from their personal life. It allows easy access to creating two separate profiles, where work related and personal related profiles can be kept separate and maintained. Story Maker is an app that allows users to create a story by selecting photos and an audio clip to go along with it. The app will automatically create a video and will also include effects. The new keyboard on the Z10 has an adaptive feature that learns as the user types words and also suggests future words that can be used making typing e-mails and messages easier. Many reviews do state that one of the downfalls of the phone is the camera as well as lack of apps. The camera is not as sharp as it could be and the phone does not offer many apps in the BlackBerry World store.

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

 

Sony Xperia SP

BlackBerry Z10

Launch Date

Q2 of 2013

January 2013

Company

Sony Mobile

Research In Motion

Size

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98mm

130 x 65.6 x 9 mm

Display

4.6 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

4.2 inches capacitive touchscreen

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)

768 x 1280 pixels (~355 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

Protection

Shatter proof sheet on Corning Gorilla glass

Password protection, screen lock, and sleep mode, BlackBerry® Balance™ offering dedicated profiles to keep work and personal data separate and secure.

Weight

155 g

137.5 g (4.83 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - STL100-1

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - STL100-2

4G Network

LTE availability depends on the market.

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - STL100-2

GUI

Sony unified UI

Blackberry UI

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro Dual Core

1.5 GHz Dual-core Krait

GPU

Adreno 320

Adreno 225

OS

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

BlackBerry 10 OS

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

RAM

1GB

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

16 GB

Expandable Memory

Expandable up to 32 GB

Up to 64 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, ambient light sensor

Connectivity

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, USB tethering, USB charging and USB High speed

Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, 4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB

Speed

HSPA+ 850, 900, 2100, LTE

HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps; LTE, EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

microUSB v2.0.

Primary Camera

8 MP Sony Exmor RS camera with auto focus

16x digital zoom, pulsed LED flash

8 megapixel auto-focus camera

Secondary Camera

VGA

2 megapixel fixed-focus camera with image and video stabilization, 3x digital zoom and 720p HD video recording

Video

[email protected] HD video recording, video stabilization

1080p HD video recording with 4 DOF (Degrees of freedom) video stabilization

Camera Features

  • Scene recognition, Face detection and Smile detection
  • HDR for picture
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Flash - pulsed LED and photo light
  • Image stabilization
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Back Side Illumination for better low-light performance
  • 5-element F2.2 lens
  • Dedicated ISP (image signal processor) with 64MB frame buffer
  • Flash, continuous and touch to focus, image stabilization
  • Enhanced Super Resolution Digital Zoom (5x)
  • Time Shift mode for pinpointing and adjusting individual elements of your picture

Sound Enhancement

xLoud Experience, 3D surround sound, Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

No

Audio supported formats

MP3, AVI, 3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG-TS, SMF, WAV, Ogg vorbis, FLAC

3GP, 3GP2, WMA, MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC

Video supported formats

3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG2-TS, MPEG-4, WEBM

M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV,

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery

Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery

Talk time

18 hours and 53 mins

Up to 10 hours (3G)

Stand-by

734 hours

Up to 13 days (312 hours)

Available Colors

Black, White and Red

Black, white

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML

HTML5

Radio

FM Radio with RDS

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

MIDP 2.1

Additional Features

  • Screenshot capturing
  • Glove mode
  • Light effects
  • Transparent / Aluminum frame
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • TV launcher
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Pre-loaded applications
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration
  • SNS integration
  • HDMI port
  • BlackBerry maps
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Pre-loaded apps

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

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