Nexus 4 vs. BlackBerry Z10: Can Google’s Latest Out-Shine BlackBerry's Pricey Smartphone

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By Rohit KVN | February 28, 2013 9:36 PM EST

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry recently launched its flagship Z10 handset in India a month of its global unveiling.

Rival Nexus 4, despite recording huge sales globally, is still yet to make its debut in the one of the world's fastest growing smartphone market - India.

Will the BlackBerry make use of the delayed Nexus 4 launch by aggressively marketing its Z10 smartphone to gain an upper hand? Well, that remains to be seen.

Here is a Break-down of Comparison of Nexus 4 and BlackBerry Z10:


BlackBerry Z10

Nexus 4


4.2-inch display with

1280x768p resolutions

(Pixel density:356 pixel per inches)

4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with 1280x768p

resolutions(pixel density:

320 ppi)


BlackBerry 10 OS

(has more than

70,000 Apps)

Android v4.2 Jelly Bean OS

(has more than 675,000 Apps)


1.5 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor

 Quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 1.5GHz

CPU speed


Adreno 225

Adreno 320







16GB, expandable up to 32GB

16GB(With no options for

Memory expansion)


Rear:8.0-megapixel camera

Front:2.0-megapixel camera

Rear:8.0-MP with LED Flash Support



3G & 4G/LTE in select market

3G & 4G/LTE (not available

in India)


1800 mAh

Standby time up to 13 days

2,100 mAh with standby time up to 12 days


Around Rs. 43,500



Both smartphones Nexus 4 and BlackBerry Z10 match spec-to-spec in terms of graphics processing unit, memory, and camera features. But BlackBerry Z10's has three major drawbacks - its dual core processor is no match to Nexus 4's quad-core processor and another detrimental factor is that its mobile OS BlackBerry 10 is very new in the mobile OS arena and it has just over 70,000 apps.

On the other hand, the Nexus 4 which runs on the Android OS has a well established ecosystem of its own. Android has a big collection of more than 675,000 apps.

BlackBerry's third major weakness would be its overpriced ₹43,500 plus price tag, where as Nexus 4(in USA) is priced around $300(around ₹16,250) for 8GB model and $350(₹19,000) for 16GB.

If the Nexus 4 is released in a similar price range in the price-sensitive Indian market, it would likely make a dent on BlackBerry Z10 sales.

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