Gaming On Your Blackberry Z10: What You Need To Know

The BlackBerry Z10 finally launched last week. There has been a massive media buzz for the Z10 and it’s BlackBerry 10 OS but in this article we’re going to outline a few points to note if you are a gamer and considering the Z10 as your next mobile smartphone.

Little over medium-sized screen
At 355 ppi, 4.2 inches and with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels, the Z10′s screen isn’t as big as the glorious HTC One X  which sports a 4.7 inch and way bigger than a Samsung Galaxy Ace which is 3.5 inches, but get this, the Z10 boasts a higher pixel per-invg than the One X and more lateral pixels. That’s like getting all the One X’s incredible visuals then compressing it just a bit and making it even more beautiful. The Z10 screen is just right for gaming. Call it HD if you will.

Just enough power
The Z10 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual-core clocking at 1.5Ghz coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU, the Z10 hasn’t been properly benchmarked yet simple because the benchmarking apps available to Android and iOS aren’t available yet.

To give to you a sense of scale, the Samsung Galaxy S III has the same processor, and that’s not slow but it’s no longer cutting edge. What defines cutting edge? iPhone 5 and Nexus 4. That said, the S III (and Z10) have enough raw power for most of today’s mobile games, but they aren’t pushing the performance envelope these days, and they have a bit less graphical power than other phones in the same price range.

Anything Else?
Yes, the Z10 can render at 1080p resolution to capable TV’s and monitors via microHDMI port. It has a Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery which more or less standard for similar priced phones. It’s way more than the iPhone 5′s 1440 mAh, not quite touching the Nexus 4′s 2100 mAh. But do note that the power management and drain due to internal components will make this comparison not so accurate, just rough enough to make decisions.

Will there be games to play?

Looks promising, BlackBerry, has announced a gaming partner. GameLoft will be porting 11 games in the near future to the new mobile OS. GameLoft will help dramatically increase the gaming selection for the BlackBerry. Some of the titles that will be ported include: The Amazing Spider Man, UNO, Six Guns, N.O.V.A 3, and Real Soccer 2013.

With any luck the competition i.e EA Mobile, Digital Chocolate and Glu Mobile will jump on the band wagon.

The Verdict
The word is “promising”, the Z10 has just the right power, just the right visuals and just the right media attention to turn it into not just a really good comeback for BlackBerry but also a great gaming phone.

Not convinced? Let us know your thoughts below. For the latest on Blackberry Z10 and Q10, keep it right here on Technesstivity.

Adetunji Openiyi (freeshype)

Creative Tech Disciple. Studying Computer Engineering at Kharkov National University of Radioelectronics. Programmer, Graphic Designer, Producer, follow on Twitter @S_Hype.

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  • darmie

    As a Video games / Computer Graphics programmer, leaving out the screen size, at the mention of 1.5GHz. CPU and Adreno GPU any high-end mobile 3D games developed to Adreno’s standard will run seamlessly. Different GPU’s have their own CG programming rules that force programmers to write specific shader scripts to enliven Console quality games on mobile devices. So as of 2013, the Z10 is safe enough to handle the gaming market bubble.