As what tends to happen with a new flagship smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10 has been torn down by TechInsights to uncover the mysteries that lie within.
It appears that the phone contains many of the same Qualcomm and Samsung components as the North American Galaxy S III, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC. The takeaway from this is not that the Z10 is underpowered, but that BlackBerry built the device with the Qualcomm chip in mind, optimizing the BlackBerry 10 platform for use with the SoC.
Other interesting additions to the Z10 include 2GB of low-power Samsung DDR2 memory, and 16GB of Samsung NAND flash memory, also similar to the Galaxy S III. The 1280×768 pixel screen relies on a Synaptics touchscreen controller, which brings the four-point multitouch capabilities to the device.
Hit the break for the full specs breakdown. Looks like a win for both Qualcomm and Samsung, especially if the BlackBerry Z10 continues to sell well.
Samsung K3PE0E000A – Multichip Memory – 2 GB Mobile DDR2 SDRAM
Samsung KLMAG2GE4A – Multichip Memory – 16 GB MLC NAND Flash, Controller
Qualcomm MSM8960 – Snapdragon S4 Baseband / Applications Processor
Qualcomm WCD9310 – Audio Codec
Qualcomm PM8921 – Power Management IC
Qualcomm RTR8600 – GSM / CDMA / W-CDMA / LTE RxD Transceiver + GPS
Texas Instruments WL1273L – Single-Chip 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, and FM
TriQuint TQP6M9017 – Dual-Band WLAN Module
RF Micro Devices RF7252 – CDMA/WCDMA BAND 2 Linear Power Amplifier Module
RF Micro Devices RF7303 – LTE/UMTS/CDMA BAND 3 Linear Power Amplifier Module
Inside Secure SECUREAD IC5C633I4- NFC Solution Module
Avago ACPM-5017 – LTE Band XVII Power Amplifier
Avago ACPM-7051 – Quad-Band GSM / W-CDMA Bands I & V Power Amplifier
Sony CXM3582UR – SP10T Antenna Switch
ST Microelectronics LIS3DH – MEMS Accelerometer
STMicroelectronics LSM330DLC – 3D Accelerometer & 3D Gyroscope
Synaptics Clearpad 3203 – Capacitive Touchscreen Controller