Nokia Lumia 920 vs. BlackBerry Z10: The Smarter Smartphone?

By Anu Passary email: | Feb 08, 2013 12:52 PM EST

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BlackBerry recently launched its newest smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10, which runs on the Canadian company's newest BB10 OS. With the launch of the all touchscreen smartphone, BlackBerry is looking to reinstate its place in the consumer market, but with challengers like Nokia's Lumia 920, the going will surely not be easy.

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Nokia's Lumia 920 is one of the most popular Windows Phone 8 handsets currently available in the market. Since its November 2012 release, the Lumia 920 has garnered plenty of accolades, especially for its durability and camera. What's more, the smartphone is even giving the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 a run for their money!

We take a look at how the Lumia 920 and BlackBerry Z10 measure up against each other.


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."


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.

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

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.

The Lumia 920 is wider and thicker than the BlackBerry Z10. Moreover, at 6.52 ounces, the Nokia offering is much heavier than the BlackBerry Z10 which weighs 4.85 ounces.


The Lumia 920 has 32GB of on-board storage option but no option to expand the memory using a microSD card. 

On the other hand, the BlackBerry Z10 has 16GB on-board storage. It also comes with the option to expand up to 64GB via a microSD card.

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


The Lumia 920 edges out the BlackBerry Z10 when it comes to camera. The Nokia offering features and 8.7-megapixel primary camera compared to BlackBerry's 8-megapixel one. Moreover, the Lumia 920's camera packs in Carl Zeiss optics and is touted as one of the best in the business.

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

Operating System

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


The Lumia 920 packs in a 2000mAh, which is slightly bigger when 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.

Availability and Colors

The Lumia 920 started retailing from Nov. 2012 and is among one of the most popular smartphones available in the market. The BlackBerry Z10 will be available from March this year in the U.S. and is hitting the UK shelves in February itself.

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

On paper, both the smartphones seem evenly matched and it's difficult to ascertain which is the smarter smartphone. However, in terms of ecosystem - BB10 or WP8 - Microsoft edges out BlackBerry.

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