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The Specs: How New BlackBerry 10 Stacks Up

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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins displays the new Blackberry 10 smartphone at the BlackBerry 10 launch event by Research In Motion on January 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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The Associated Press via USA Today

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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