Nokia Lumia 920 vs. BlackBerry Z10: Specs Shootout

BlackBerry launched its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, which runs on the new BB10 OS, earlier in January 2013. With the launch of the Z10, the Canadian company is looking to establish a stronger foothold in the consumer market and regain its lost glory; however, with challengers like Nokia's Lumia 920 breathing down its neck, the BlackBerry Z10 has a tough road ahead.

Nokia's Lumia 920 may not be the new kid on the block but it certainly is one of the most popular smartphones around. Since its November 2012 release, the Lumia 920 has garnered plenty of accolades and been lauded for its durability and stellar camera performance. No surprise then that the WP8-powered smartphone is giving the likes of the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 a run for their money.

Here's a look at how the Lumia 920 and BlackBerry Z10 stack up against each other:

Form Factor

The Lumia 920 measures 5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches, whereas the BlackBerry Z10 has 5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 inches dimensions making the former wider and thicker.

What's more, at 6.52 ounces, the Lumia 920 is a lot heavier than the BlackBerry Z10 which weighs 4.85 ounces.

Processor

Processor-wise, the two smartphones are on even keel, as both the Lumia 920 and BlackBerry Z10 feature the 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Qualcomm S4 processor, which Qualcomm claims has "best in-class performance."

Display

The Lumia 920 sports a 4.5-inch AMOLED PureMotion HD+ display with 1280 x 768 pixels resolution. On the other hand, the BlackBerry Z10 features a slightly smaller 4.2-inch LCD display with the same resolution.

Moreover, the Lumia 920 has a super-sensitive touchscreen ensures that "detects bare skin and gloves."

The Lumia 920 has a pixel density of 332 pixels per inch (ppi), which is bettered by the BlackBerry Z10's 356ppi.

Memory and Storage

The Lumia 920 has 32GB of on-board storage option but no option to expand the memory using a microSD card. By contrast, even though the BlackBerry Z10 has 16GB on-board storage, it comes with the option to expand up to an additional 64GB via a microSD card.

Memory-wise, the BlackBerry Z10 betters the Lumia 920, offering double the memory i.e. 2GB of RAM whencompared to Lumia 920's 1GB.

Camera

The Lumia 920 betters the BlackBerry Z10 easily when it comes to camera performance. The Nokia offering features an 8.7-megapixel rear-facing camera compared to BlackBerry's 8-megapixel one. While pixel wise there's not much between the two, the Lumia 920's camera packs in Carl Zeiss optics, which is touted as one of the best in the business, giving it the clear edge. The Lumia 920 is also lauded for its impressive low-light performance.

However, the BlackBerry Z10 has a better 2-megapixel front-facing camera when compared to the 1.3-megapixel front-facing snapper of the Lumia 920.

Operating System

The BlackBerry Z10 comes pre-loaded with the company's latest BlackBerry 10 operating system, whereas the Lumia 920 comes with the latest Windows Phone 8 OS out of the box.

Battery

The Lumia 920 houses a 2000mAh, which compared to the 1800mAh battery of the BlackBerry Z10. The Lumia 920 supports up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G, whereas BlackBerry claims that the Z10 will support 10 hours as well. The Lumia 920 also offers support for wireless charging, unlike BlackBerry Z10.

Availability and Colors

The Lumia 920 hit the shelves in November 2012 and is one of the most popular smartphones around. The BlackBerry Z10 will be available from March in the U.S. and released on Jan. 31 and Feb. 5 in the UK and Canada, respectively.

The Lumia 920 is available in yellow, white, red, black, and gray. The BlackBerry Z10 will be available in black and white models.

On paper, both the smartphones seem to be on even ground. Ultimately, user preference will determine which ecosystem, BB10 or WP8, comes out on top.

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