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HP Pre 3 vs BlackBerry Torch 9810

HP has released the new HP Pre 3 in hopes of tapping into the professional smartphone market. We see how it stacks up to its chief competitor, the BlackBerry Torch 9810.

Dimensions and Form :

  • HP Pre 3 – 111 x 64 x 16mm, 156g
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810 – 111 x 61.9 x 14.5mm, 161g

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 emulates the build of the previous Torch 9800, but this is not necessarily a negative as the preceding design was nicely balanced by melding modern angles with traditionally softer curves. The HP Pre 3 uses a similar aesthetic, only with slightly rounder corners. Each smartphones offers a slide-out portrait keyboard.

Ultimately the Torch wins out for its sharper, more angular design, although the Pre 3 is not shabby either.

Winner: BlackBerry Torch 9810

Display Screen

  • HP Pre 3 – 3.58 inch TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen 480 x 800 pixel resolution
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810 – 3.2 inch TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen 480 x 640 pixel resolution

RIM’s BlackBerry Torch 9810 features an impressive pixel density of 250 pixels per inch (ppi). The multi-touch is supported by the usual optical trackpad and an accelerometer sensor assists screen orientation. In comparison, the HP Pre 3 offers a larger 3.58 screen with a resolution of 480 x 800, resulting in a pixel density of 260ppi.

Although most smartphone manufacturers have been selling larger displays without upping the resolution, HP has its mind on both quantity and quality with its screen.

Winner: HP Pre 3

Storage Capacity

  • HP Pre 3 – 8GB or 16GB, no external card
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810 – 8GB of internal storage, 32GB Micro SD

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 provides a healthy amount of internal storage space and couples it with an external expansion slot of up to 32GB with Micro SD. The HP Pre 3 offers more in terms of internal storage by offering a choice of 8GB or 16GB models, but provides no external card support. The lack of Micro SD expansion is a curious decision, and ultimately what gives the BlackBerry Torch 9810 more flexibility with regard to data storage.

Winner: BlackBerry Torch 9810

Processing Power

  • HP Pre 3 – 1.2GHz dual core APQ8060 Snapdragon processor with Adreno 220 GPU, 512MB RAM
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810 – 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor with Adreno 205 GPU, 768MB RAM

Both the Torch 9810 and the Pre 3 utilize 1.2GHz Qualcomm processors, but the Pre 3 takes advantage of dual core architecture and a slightly more powerful GPU. The BlackBerry does offer slightly more RAM, but the raw power of the multiple cores easily makes the Pre 3 the more powerful machine.

Winner: HP Pre 3

Operating System

  • HP Pre 3 – webOS 2.2
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810 – BlackBerry OS 7

The Torch 9810 will be one of a handful of new devices to employ RIM’s new BlackBerry OS 7. The new version has a Search from Home function a Notifications tab similar to the one found in Android. The Webkit based browser bestows faster speed and function with a pinch zoom feature, voice activated search and tabbed browsing.

The HP Pre 3 is also shipping out with a new version of webOS, which adds more intuitive scrolling by allowing all menus and apps to be navigated through a flick of a finger. Open apps are displayed together and can be tethered into a single group. Social networking integration has been enhanced in both devices, as well as Flash and HTML5 support, but webOS 2.2 gets the nod for better usability.

Winner: HP Pre 3


  • HP Pre 3 – 5 MP primary cameras at 2592 х 1944 pixel resolution, VGA secondary
  • BlackBerry Torch 9810 – 5 MP primary cameras at 2592 х 1944 pixel resolution

Each smartphone has 5 megapixel cameras with identical resolution, LED flash, geo tagging, and video capture in 720p HD. The Pre 3 also comes loaded with a secondary camera for video chat, whereas the BlackBerry offers more in the feature department with auto-focus, image stabilization, face detection, and multi-shot.

Winner: BlackBerry Torch 9810


With a better operating system, a dual core processor, and additional features such as a secondary camera, the HP Pre 3 edges out the Torch 9810 in total functionality.

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar is a professional blogger from Pune, India. He is Software Engineer, Web Addicted. At Shake the Tech, he writes on Technology, Gadgets & so on. Follow me @vishal

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