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BlackBerry Z10 Gets Tear Down Listing Its Components & Chip Partners

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UBMTechInsights has done an amazing job of tearing down the BlackBerry Z10 with lots of pictures. The best part is that they list out all the device components used and how they stack up to the competition. What they found very interesting was that the device shares many of the same chips as the LTE Samsung Galaxy S3 which is interesting to see.

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Mostly we are seeing Qualcomm chips but here is the full listing:

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

This clearly shows that Texas Instruments has really been replaced with Qualcomm for these devices compared to the PlayBook. Also of interest is the tie in with Samsung. Check out all of the images and tear down here and let us know if you spot anything interesting!

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  1. Seems like RIMM has a lot of potential for making their camera the best of the best. Not that it really matters – I don’t plan on rebooting BB10 too much when I receive it. But, I was hoping for a faster boot time that would compete with the competetion.

  2. The only “problem” is that the S3 is a 2012 phone and BlackBerry considers this high-end. I hope I’m wrong and that they also have a Galaxy S4 hardware clone ready to be released in Q3 along with a software refresh.

    • Well, as far as we consider that to be ’2013′, it is still a solid phone and as of launch and now, it still holds its reins as one of the higher end devices.

      TBH, I don’t think BlackBerry can compete with sammy in terms of hardware because, one, don’t forget that sammy is a hardware producer. Definitely, they will design and produce hardwares for themselves (tested for their own devices) first before releasing it to public. So on our own reliance end, sometimes its hard.

      But that said, to have a hardware that can compete with strong rivals, at the end of the day, if our performance is able to par or out perform rivals, I think it is the more essential thing that having the best hardware.

      We can have the best hardware, but if our performance fails to prove it, then it kills.

      • I agree on the performance bit and that’s the problem with Android. It’s still not optimized enough for mobile platforms.

        Having said that, I really hope that that exec misspoke and that BlackBerry has a high-end device lined-up for 2013, because there are at least 2 things which can’t be fixed via software:
        - the dated GPU
        - the camera module

        It won’t be long before we find out what other manufacturers have planned for this year and I’m pretty sure they all will have better camera modules. Timeshift is great, but grainy pictures aren’t ;)

        • Blackberry’s have never been about engaging Android in a spec war. Having said that, for a new device, the smooth sophisticated Z10 OS simply runs circles around the bloated, clunky, mess that is the Android OS.

          • Exactly and there lies the problem. You do need some good specs in order to offer some functionalities to the end-users. As I said above, software can’t fix everything. People will have crappy low-light pictures and less pretty games and it will matter to some.

            Although I miss the gestures on Android and keep doing them, I miss the power of Android when using a BB10 phone. It’s like using OSX or Linux.

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