A look at technical specs for major smartphones

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm •  Published: April 24, 2013
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The BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung's Galaxy S4 are among the latest smartphones going on sale in the U.S. soon. Here are the technical details on those devices, along with other major ones out over the past several months.

BlackBerry Q10 tech specs:

— Manufacturer: Research In Motion Ltd.

— 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 32 gigabytes.

— Price: Expect to pay about $250 with a two-year contract.

— Size: height: 4.71 inches; width: 2.63 inches; depth: 0.41 inch (119.6 by 66.8 by 10.35 millimeters)

— 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: talk time is up to 13.5 hours on 3G. Up to 61 hours of audio playback and 9 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by user with a spare.

— 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: Expected in U.S. by the end of May. In Canada on May 1.

BlackBerry Z10 tech specs:

— Manufacturer: Research In Motion Ltd.

— 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: $200 with a two-year contract.

— Size: height: 5.12 inches; width: 2.58 inches; depth: 0.35 inch (130 by 65.6 by 9 millimeters)

— 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: Launched in the U.S. in March, earlier in U.K. and Canada.

Samsung Galaxy S4 tech specs:

— Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics Co.

— Display: 5 inches (diagonal) with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels (441 pixels per inch)

— Keyboard: Touch screen only

— Memory capacity: 16 or 32 gigabytes, expandable with microSD card of up to 64 gigabytes.

— Price: Roughly $150 to $250 in the U.S., with two-year contract, for base model

— Size: height: 5.38 inches; width: 2.74 inches; depth: 0.31 inch (136.6 by 69.8 by 7.9 millimeters)

— Weight: 4.59 ounces (130 grams)

— Cameras: 13-megapixel camera on back, 2-megapixel on front

—Video recording: high-definition (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV)

— Battery life: talk time is 17 hours. Up to 69 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video playback. Up to 8 hours of Internet use on 3G and 4G, 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Battery can be replaced by user with a spare.

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