BlackBerry Z10 vs. Amazon Fire Phone – Specs and Price Showdown

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | June 24, 2014 8:23 AM EST

The BlackBerry Z10 was released in the first quarter of 2013, whereas the Amazon Fire Phone was recently unveiled. Amazon's first smartphone offers 3D visual effects with the help of camera sensors and gesture controls. This unique 3D smartphone has lots of striking features that other phones do not offer.

Readers who are interested in purchasing the BlackBerry Z10 or the Amazon Fire Phone should check out this specifications and price comparison.

Display, Exterior and Size

The Amazon Fire Phone features a 4.7 inches IPS LCD display and it packs a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. Whereas the BlackBerry Z10 features a relatively smaller 4.2 inches display, with a screen resolution of 768 x 1,280 pixels. The BlackBerry Z10 is capable of supporting up to 356 ppi of pixel density, which is slightly higher than the 312 ppi pixel strength of Amazon Fire Phone.

The Fire Phone sports glass exterior and rubber-like corners to stave off damages caused by accidental fall. The BlackBerry Z10, meanwhile, comes with a plastic body but the handset feels solid and comfortable on the hand. In addition, the Amazon handset is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The thickness and the weight of Amazon Fire Phone are 0.35 inches and 160 g respectively, whereas the BlackBerry Z10 is 0.35 inches thick and it weighs 138 g.

Hardware and Software

The Amazon Fire Phone is powered by a superior quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) Krait 400 processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz. While the BlackBerry Z10 is powered by a dual-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus) Krait processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz. However, both the phones house a solid 2 GB of RAM. The Amazon Fire Phone runs on a forked version of Android OS along with Amazon's Fire OS 3.5, while the BlackBerry Z10 runs on BlackBerry 10 OS.

Camera               

The BlackBerry Z10 sports an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash and a 2 MP front-facing camera unit, while the Amazon Fire Phone features a whopping 13 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera unit.

Interestingly, Amazon Fire Phone's 2.1 MP front-facing camera comes with "Dynamic Perspective" sensors. These sensors along with "invisible infrared" LEDs are used to locate the face (head) and eyes of the person in focus. This new sensor has the capability to even respond to the way a user holds, views and moves the phone. There by, this phone supports single-handed navigation and gesture controls. Interested readers can check out 5 killer reasons to buy Amazon Fire Phone.

Memory

The BlackBerry Z10 comes with 16 GB of internal storage, while the Amazon Fire Phone comes with 32 GB and 64 GB of internal storage capacity. However, the Blackberry handset supports microSD card for expansion up to 64 GB, while the Amazon handset doesn't.

Battery

The Amazon Fire Phone houses a solid non-removable 2400 mAh battery unit, whereas the BlackBerry Z10 houses a relatively inferior 1800 mAh user-replaceable battery unit.

 

Fire Phone

BlackBerry Z10

Talk Time

22 Hours

10 Hours

Stand-by Time

285 Hours

312 hours

SIM

The Amazon Fire Phone supports nano-sim, whereas the BlackBerry Z10 supports micro-sim type.

Colour

The BlackBerry handset comes in 2 standard shades black and white, while the Amazon Fire Phone comes in a variety of shades like black and cayenne (in premium leather), or black, cayenne, citron, blue, or royal (in durable polyurethane).

Misc

The Amazon Fire Phone supports NFC, while the BlackBerry Z10 doesn't. 

Price

The BlackBerry Z10 (16 GB) with 4G LTE can be purchased at US$419 at eBay and AU$329.95 in Mobicity. Amazon Fire Phone, on the other hand, is priced atUS$199 (32 GB variant) and US$299 (64 GB variant) under AT&T contract in the U.S. The shipment of this 3D smartphone is expected to begin on July 25 in the U.S. Also, Amazon is giving away free Amazon Prime service for 12 months with this phone. Nevertheless, there is no information available on the availability of this 3D smartphone in other parts of the world at this point in time.

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(Photo: REUTERS / Jason Redmond)
An Amazon representative shows off the 3D map features of the company's new Fire smartphone at the company's campus in Seattle, Washington June 18, 2014. Amazon.com Inc's new cellphone seeks to offer shoppers instant gratification by recognizing thousands of products, television shows and songs and allowing users to immediately buy them - on the e-commerce giant's own site, of course.
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