If there’s one thing that struck us during the presentation of the BlackBerry Z10 today is how similar BlackBerry’s latest handset is to Apple’s flagship handset, the iPhone 5. Both sport an edge-to-edge glass front and the same charcoal finish that give to the two handset a resolutely conservative appearance. The BlackBerry model though is slightly taller, slightly thicker and a tad wider than Apple’s model.
Inside, a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960, the same dual-core SoC found inside the Lumia 820, Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X, powers the Z10 paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage. There’s also a user-replaceable 1,800mAh battery that can power the smartphone for more than eight hours.
The Z10 also sports a 4.2in display rated at 800nits and with a 1,280 x 768 resolution (WXGA) which allows it to reach a 356ppi pixel density but no Gorilla Glass overlay. There’s a front facing 2-megapixel camera that can record 720p footage and an 8-megapixel rear unit that does 1080p videos.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the Z10 boosts a microUSB, a microHDMI connector, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card, LTE capabilities baked in, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
BlackBerry was never known for being at the cutting edge of technology and it is not surprising to see that it stuck with a dual-core SoC for the Z10 rather than jump on the quad-core bandwagon like so many.
All in all, it is a fairly decent smartphone as far as hardware is concerned, reminding us of the likes of the Sony Xperia T or the Xperia S. Software experience (and pricing) is what will make or break the Z10 as far as we’re concerned.