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Galaxy S4 vs Note 3 vs BlackBerry Z10: Event Expectations

Under: BlackBerry, Events, Phone Debates, Samsung
Date: January 28th, 2013

There are some hugely significant smartphones coming out this year that are likely to have notable impacts on the market. Two of these are Samsung flagship devices, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, major players for the Android platform. Another is the BlackBerry Z10 and the importance of this one cannot be underestimated. It’s the first handset that will be released running the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS, the success of which is crucial to RIM. Today we’re looking at the Galaxy S4 vs. Note 3 vs. BlackBerry Z10 and event expectations.

Obviously the next Apple iPhone will also have a big impression on the smartphone market and we already gave readers the latest news on that earlier today so we haven’t included it here. Although none of the three phones we’re looking at here have been made official yet, we do have a good idea of what to expect from leaks and rumors, the majority of which usually turn out to be fairly accurate. We’ll give you a brief idea of what to expect for each device as well as what we anticipate as far as launch events are concerned.

Firstly the Samsung Galaxy S4 (S IV) and we’ve posted numerous articles on likely inclusions for this handset. Its success is already assured, being the next in the very popular Galaxy S line and specs-wise it’s likely to include a 1.8GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor 4.99-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with a whopping 440 ppi, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Other things mentioned for the Galaxy S4 are a 2600 mAh battery and it’s likely to launch running the Android Jelly Bean OS while wireless charging has also been rumored.

The Galaxy S4 is expected to be released sometime in spring and although many were hoping to see it debuted at MWC in Barcelona next month (February 25 to 28) it’s much more likely to be officially introduced at an exclusive event. We recently heard claims that a Samsung Unpacked event could be taking place in the U.S. on March 22 with a possible release date for the Galaxy S4 around April 15. However, just to confuse the issue we then heard of a purported image of the Galaxy s4 where the handset shows a date of April 22. This could mean nothing but it could also be a clue to an announcement date or a release date so at the moment we can only wait and see.

The Galaxy Note 3 is also drawing a lot of attention as the next in the line of Samsung’s ‘phablet’ handsets. Rumored specs so far include the new Exynos 5 Octa processor, as with the Galaxy S4, an increase in screen size to a massive 6.3-inches and possible flexible display. As the Galaxy Note 3 is likely to launch in the later part of the year it also looks likely that it will be running Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

Again, some were hopeful of seeing the Galaxy Note 3 at MWC in Barcelona next month but as this device isn’t expected to release until later in the year it seems more likely that it will be made official at IFA in Berlin, which runs between September 6 and 11. The initial Galaxy Note 2 model released in September last year and so this event would tie in nicely with a yearly release cycle, with the phone possibly hitting the shelves very shortly after an announcement.

Now on to the BlackBerry Z10 and this is something we’re pretty excited about. This is the first smartphone that will launch running BlackBerry 10, the completely overhauled BlackBerry operating system. We’ve been detailing the importance of BB10 and the devices that will run it for some time as RIM really needs a big success to revive its fortunes. The Z10 is likely to have a 1.5GHz TI OMAP dual-core or Snapdragon MSM8960 processor, 4.2-inch display with resolution of 1280 x 768 and 356ppi, 2GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD. Other leaked specs include an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture and 2-megapixel front-facing camera and also a 1800 mAh removable battery, LTE connectivity and NFC.

For the BlackBerry Z10 we already know when the big event to reveal it will be as it’s only two days away. On January 30 RIM is holding a media event in New York to introduce the new BlackBerry 10 operating system and some of the first devices so the Z10 should become official and we’ll know all the confirmed details. We’ve heard of a rumored release date for the BlackBerry Z10 in February or March but hopefully this will also be confirmed at the event.

Remember that the specs for all three devices we’ve looked at are not confirmed yet and based on widely reported leaks or rumors. Nevertheless we would expect many to turn out to be accurate and it will at least give you some awareness of what to expect. We’d like to hear from you about your thoughts on these three smartphones? Is there one of the three that you’re looking forward to hearing about most? Are you drawn to Samsung’s Android offerings or open to what the new BB10 OS and BlackBerry Z10 may bring? Send your comments to let us know.

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  • Brooke617

    I have been a Blackberry loyalist for many years and had been tempted to stray for the Samsung S111 or the Samsung Note due to the size of the screen and ease of virtual typing. As a Reator, I was concerned about leaving what I loved about Blackberry as a communication device and did not move quickly. When I heard about the release of the new Blackberry 10 OS and some of its revolutionary aspects I figured I could wait a little longer. The new OS is expected to bring together the best of both worlds as apple (security) and android (flash enabled/flexible) now stand and then some! I decided, in the interim, to purchase the Playbook with Blackberry Bridge relieving me of some of my frustrations with internet browsing and found I really liked its ease of use. I could leave applications open, swype down from the top to move around, swipe up from the bottom to bring up the keyboard with predictive text, swipe to the side to bring up contacts, etc. It was a pleasure to use. I also have an ipod touch 5 ( iphone essentially w/o the phone) for my music and love the browser speed and apps, but it is frustrating to have to go back to the home button to switch what you are doing and the “back” button on the browser doesn’t always bring you back to what you expect. However, I love it too for what it is. However, BB10 will bring it all together for me enabling me to have the best of blackberry with a device fully capable of fast browsing, flash ( I still need for business) and a great virtual keyboard (yes, I will give up the physical keyboard) virus resitant and a fluid user experience with Blackberry’s flow concept and HUB. I am excited and just can’t wait to order!!

    • (anon)

      Ditto, why on earth were you downranked for such a fine piece? Can’t wait till Wednesday, BB10 here we come.

  • finna12

    bb1o is a way 2 go

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