BlackBerry Z10 smartphone spec battle

The new BlackBerry Z10 takes on the iPhone 5, HTC Droid DNA, and Nokia Lumia 920.

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If you're wondering just how well the new BlackBerry Z10 stacks up against the smartphone competition, wait no longer. We've compiled the key speeds and feeds of RIM's latest touch-screen handset along with the iPhone 5, HTC Droid DNA , and Nokia Lumia 920.

In a nutshell, the BlackBerry Z10 can certainly hold its own in terms of raw hardware and important mobile features. While the phone's 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor isn't as muscular as the HTC Droid DNA's quad-core S4 Pro, it boasts a full 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card expansion slot. That has the Nokia Lumia 920 beat for sure.

The Z10's 8-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel front-facing imaging system also put it on par with the iPhone 5, at least on paper. Of course, the boldest BlackBerry RIM can muster still can't stand the heat from Verizon's fiery red Droid DNA, which rocks a massive 5-inch HD-resolution screen as well as the extremely functional Android Jelly Bean operating system. But don't take our word for it; check out our comparison chart and decide for yourself.

Phone RIM BlackBerry Z10 Apple iPhone 5 HTC Droid DNA Nokia Lumia 920
OS BB10 iOS 6 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Windows Phone 8
Processor 1.5GHZ dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus Proprietary A6 CPU 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHZ dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus
Screen 4.2-inch LCD; 1,280x768, 355ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136x640 pixels, 326ppi 5-inch LCD 3; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 440ppi 4.5-inch IPS LCD; 1,280x768 pixels, 332ppi
RAM 2GB Not listed 2GB 1GB
Internal storage 16GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB 32GB
Expansion slot Yes, up to 32GB No No No
Carrier TBA AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Verizon AT&T
4G LTE LTE LTE LTE
Battery 1,800mAh, removable Not listed; embedded 2,020mAh, embedded 2,000mAh, embedded
Camera 8 megapixels, 2-megapixel front-facing 8 megapixels, 720p front-facing 8 megapixels, 2.1-megapixel front-facing 8.7 megapixels, 1.2-megapixel front-facing
Bluetooth version 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.0
NFC Yes No Yes Yes
Wireless charging No No Yes Yes
Dimensions (inches) 5.1 x 2.6 x 0.35 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 5.6 x 2.7 x 0.4 5.1 x 2.8 x 0.4
Weight (ounces) 4.8 4 5 6.5
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Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.

 

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