The Z10 will be available on all four major U.S. carriers and will launch in March for $199 — on Verizon at the very least — with a new two-year contract, or $599 off contract. (Photo : BlackBerry)
Yesterday, video leaked of HTC CEO Peter Chou showing off the new HTC M7 flagship smartphone and taking pictures of the crowd at HTC's end of the year party. The crowd of HTC employees proudly chanted "M7 M7 M7!" lead by Chou.
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So this week we officially had two CEOs of tech companies holding two flagship smartphones on stage: Peter Chou with the HTC M7 and earlier, Thorsten Heins, introducing the Blackberry Z10. How do these phones stack up against one another afte the PR spectacle?
Thanks to some leaked specs for the M7 that have been on the web for a long time, we can compare some of the specs between the two. From what we know, the Blackberry is pretty comparable to HTC's upcoming phone, though slightly slower and less adept at photography.
The Blackberry Z10 has a 4.2-inch touchscreen with 1280x768 resolution. The HTC M7 has a slightly larger 4.7-inch display with 1080p HD output, though the exact resolution is unknown.
The Blackberry Z10 will be slightly slower than the M7, which will likely sport a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, compared to the Blackberrys Z10's 1.5GHz dual-core. Both come with 2GB RAM.
HTC is putting a 13-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel front-facer on its M7, which will probably be the new standard for Samsung, Sony, and other smartphone competitors. However, Blackberry hasn't made photography a priority, and while it has a 2-megapixel 720p front-facing camera for video chatting, its main rear-facing camera runs at 8 megapixels.
The HTC is rumored to have 32GB of storage capacity, and while the Blackberry's 16GB internal storage seems weak comparatively, Blackberry has a microSD card slot for up to 64GB more storage, while it's unconfirmed if the HTC M7 will have expansion microSD capabilities.
The M7 is expected to run the most up-to-date Android system, version 4.2 Jelly Bean. Blackberry's App store has a healthy 70,000 apps as of its launch, but is currently missing some of the bigs, like Netflix, Google Maps, Pandora, and Instagram.