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Specs Comparison: BlackBerry Classic vs. BlackBerry Q10

With the launch of the BlackBerry Classic (also known as BB Q20) in the Philippines yesterday, a lot of people were comparing it to its predecessor the BB Q10 considering that their price difference is almost half. So we’re making a case for the BB Q20 to see if it’s still worth the Php20k retail price.

In terms of physical features, the BlackBerry Classic Q20 has a few improvements like a slightly bigger screen and the return of the optical trackpad.

In photo, from left to right: BB Bold, BB Q10, BBQ20


However, the internal hardware configurations are almost identical except perhaps for the 20% higher battery capacity. Here’s a side by side specs comparison between the Q10 and the Q20.

 BlackBerry Q10BlackBerry Q20
Display3.1 inches Super AMOLED @ 720 x 720 pixels3.5 inches @ 720 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 1.5GHz dual-coreQualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 1.5GHz dual-core
GPUAdreno 225Adreno 225
microSD Expansion32GB128GB
WiFiWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi hotspotWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi hotspot
Rear Camera8MP8MP
Front Camera2MP2MP
OSBlackBerry 10.3.1BlackBerry 10.3.1

The biggest difference between the two is that the older BlackBerry Q10 has significantly depreciated with a street price of just under Php10k while the newly launched BB Q20 is more than twice that price.

So the question becomes, if people are convinced to get the BB Q20, why spend Php20k when you can get an almost similar device for half the price with the BB Q10.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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8 Responses

  1. lee says:

    what shop is selling the BB Q10 with the price of Php9,980?

  2. MeAgain says:

    Q10 is still on OS 10.2

  3. Yuj says:

    Mas malaki ba yung keys sa keyboard ng classic keysa sa q10 or bold?
    May Bold kasi ako and naliliitan ako sa keypads nya.

  4. Jhay says:

    So the question becomes, if people are convinced to get the BB Q20, why spend Php20k when you can get an almost similar device for half the price with the BB Q10.

    Advantages of Classic
    – Toolbelt (trackpad)
    – Larger screen
    – Bigger battery (2515mah)
    – Excellent keyboard (no double typing issue)
    – Two speaker
    – More corporate look, heavier than Q10
    – Comes with 10.3.1 OS (
    – 3x faster than Bold 9900 (if you still own one)

    Just like BlackBerry Passport, Classic is definitely not for everyone. It is not merely created for consumers but also especially for enterprise and business persons, who somehow still sport BlackBerry Bold 9900 as their main email device.

    Bold 9900 and Classic shares same passion and style (toolbelt and premium quality) only OS and improve specs are different. You cannot force enterprise users to switch on new and modern OS without learning curve themselves, nor force them to jump ship because BlackBerry is old fashion and dying. Sorry, it’s not that simple as you think.

    Here’s a good read and honest review about BlackBerry Classic (damn, I miss the old Yugatech)

    • fce says:

      @ Jhay….The classic also has corning gorilla glass in its favor. Also a quick look at the detailed Spec shows that the Classic has slim port for USB on the Go.

      @ Exe…Have you used any of the BlackBerry 10 devices.? If you do, you would know that BlackBerry like Windows and Apple, don’t need high Specs to run its OS efficiently. I know because I’m a BlackBerry user. Even my Q5 phone with same processor (Snapdragon) but lower speed clock of 1.2 Ghz as opposed to 1.5 Ghz of the Classic, run BB OS flawlessly and without any lag. The Classic is a device good for Emailing, texting, calling, internet browsing, and not much else. Definitely not suited for playing Angry Birds and watching movies.My second phone, Z30 is better suited for media consumption.
      For me, choosing the right phone is better than ‘future proofing”. I am saying that if the phone doesn’t fit the needs, move along and buy something else.Besides, how does one ‘future proof” BlakBerry, Windows, and Apple phone? It seems that only Anroid phone makers are involved in the Specs War.Sure in Android, you could easily buy a phone with Octa Cores, with 3 GB RAM, but not so in the other mobile platforms. It’s not done and it’s not there.
      The Classic might be worth P15 K or less to some people, but to others who want the Classic for what it can do for them, it’s probably worth the asking price. BTW, it’s no surprise that the Q10 was discounted to P9980 as this was a discontinued model.

  5. exe says:

    Jhay thats a 2 year old tech for blackberry. Yeah it’s classic doesn’t mean you need to bring the classic spec with it. How about a little bump in specS? Like WhY are you going to purchase a device which is not future proof? A high end spec would be a safe bet for those who wants future proofing of their devices. DeFinitely that device doesn’t cost 20k at this point In time. 15k maybe but 20k For dual core snapdragon s4 and adreno 225? Nu uh

  6. Jack Montesor says:

    People who complain too much on BB phones dont have a decent job. Hahahahaha

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