The specs: how new BlackBerry 10 models stack up

Wednesday - 1/30/2013, 11:41pm EST

By The Associated Press

(AP) - Research In Motion Ltd. showed off two new BlackBerry phones on Wednesday. They will run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. Here's how the phones compare with Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S III.

BlackBerry Z10 tech specs:

_ Display: 4.2-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels (356 pixels per inch)

_ Keyboard: Touch screen only

_ Memory capacity: 16 gigabytes, expandable with microSD card of up to 32 gigabytes.

_ Price: Varies by carrier, some of which have yet to announce details. Verizon Wireless says it will sell it for $200 with a two-year service agreement.

_ Size: height: 5.12 inches; width: 2.58 inches; depth: 0.35 inch (130 x 65.6 x 9 mm)

_ Weight: 4.78 ounces (135.4 grams)

_ Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 2-megapixel on front.

_ Video recording: high-definition for rear camera (1080p _ comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV); lower resolution for front (720p)

_ Battery life: talk time is up to 10 hours on 3G. Up to 60 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by user with a spare.

_ U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and others.

_ Operating system: BlackBerry 10

_ Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.

_ Availability: In U.S. in March. Varies elsewhere, including U.K. on Thursday, Canada on Feb. 5 and Latin America by end of March.

BlackBerry Q10 tech specs:

_ Display: 3.1-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 720 by 720 pixels (330 pixels per inch)

_ Keyboard: Touch-screen and 35-key physical keyboards. Physical keyboard will have back light, with language-specific keyboards such as QWERTY and AZERTY depending on market.

_ Memory capacity: 16 gigabytes, expandable with microSD card of up to 64 gigabytes.

_ Price: Not yet announced.

_ Size: height: 4.71 inches; width: 2.63 inches; depth: 0.41 inch (119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35 mm)

_ Weight: 4.90 ounces (139 grams)

_ Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 2-megapixel on front.

_ Video recording: high-definition for rear camera (1080p _ comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV); lower resolution for front (720p)

_ Battery life: Not yet announced.

_ U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint and others.

_ Operating system: BlackBerry 10

_ Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.

_ Availability: In some markets in April, but unknown when it will be available in the U.S.

iPhone 5 tech specs:

_ Display: 4-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels (326 pixels per inch).

_ Keyboard: Touch screen only

_ Memory capacity: 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes, depending on price. There's no way to expand it with memory cards.

_ Price: Starting at $199, for 16 gigabytes of memory.

_ Size: height: 4.87 inches; width: 2.31 inches; depth: 0.30 inch (124 x 59 x 7.6 mm)

_ Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)

_ Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 1.2-megapixel on front.

_ Video recording: high-definition (1080p _ comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV) up to 30 frames per second with audio

_ Battery life: talk time is up to 8 hours on 3G. Internet works for up to 8 hours on LTE and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Up to 10 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by service personnel only.

_ U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and others.

_ Operating system: Apple's iOS 6

_ Near-field communications: None.

_ Availability: Sept. 21, 2012, initially in U.S. and selected markets. Expanded throughout the world in subsequent months.

Samsung Galaxy S III tech specs:

_ Display: 4.8 inches (diagonal) with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels (306 pixels per inch).

_ Keyboard: Touch screen only

_ Memory capacity: 16 or 32 gigabytes. Can be expanded by up to 64 gigabytes with a memory card.

_ Price: As low as $99 for basic model, though carriers typically charge $199 with two-year contract.

_ Size: height: 5.4 inches; width: 2.8 inches; depth: 0.34 inch (137 x 71 x 8.6mm)

_ Weight: 4.7 ounces. (133 grams)

_ Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 1.9-megapixel on front.

_ Video recording: high-definition (1080p _ comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV) up to 30 frames per second with audio.

_ Battery life: Up to 9 hours of talk time (depends on network). Battery replaceable by user.

_ U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and others.

_ Operating system: Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's Android (at release).

_ Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.

_ Availability: Worldwide, including U.S. in June 2012 and Europe in May 2012.


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