BlackBerry Z10 teardown reveals internal components

BlackBerry Z10

Blackberry recently announced two new devices, BlackBerry Z10 and Q10. The Q10 comes with a hardware qwerty keyboard and hasn’t been launched yet due to reasons best known to Blackberry. Z10 on the other hand is a full touch screen device, much like the iPhone and Android devices. The Canadian smartphone manufacturer wants its share of pie in the smartphone market, and since the Z10 is already available to be bought in UK, we can see that the device has indeed garnered a lot of interest among smartphone users and many are adopting the device.

One of the most not-so-cool things about previous blackberry devices was that they didn’t come with great internal hardware. Blackberry seems to have taken a note of that, and if it does want to survive the competition, it has to give good set of hardware features in order to capture some market. In the case of BlackBerry Z10, the hardware is pretty good and below is the hardware specifications:

• Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz – Snapdragon S4 Plus
• Display: 4.2”, 4 point multi-touch LCD display, 1280 x 768 resolution at 356 DPI, Touch On Lens
• Camera: 8MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5X digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording ・2MP front facing camera, 3X digital zoom, 720p HD video recording
• Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz ・4G Mobile Hotspot
• GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
• Battery: 1800mAh Removable ・Talk Time: up to 10 hours on 3G・Standby Time: up to 305 hours on 3G, up to 316 hours on 2G・Audio Playback: up to 60 hours・Video PlayBack: up to 11 hours
• Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
• Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
• Size (LxWxD): 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm

The above list is the spec sheet for public, but folks at UBM Tech Insights have gone one step ahead and tore apart the new Z10 in a bid to find out what’s hiding beneath the plastic body, and the findings are pretty interesting and surprising. The device has somewhat same internals as the LTE version of Samsung GS3. Below is a listing of the key hardware components in the Z10:

• 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

Source: UBM Tech Insights