BlackBerry Z10 teardown reveals key Qualcomm and Samsung internals

BlackBerry Z10 teardown reveals key Qualcomm and Samsung internals
The BlackBerry Z10 has already arrived in a few markets and while we are still waiting for it to arrive in the United States bringing the new BlackBerry 10 platform in March, UBM Tech Insights has torn the whole device down revealing its hardware. Somewhat surprisingly, it is very similar to the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S III in that it runs on an identical Qualcomm chip. BlackBerry has obviously ditched its previous partner Texas Instruments and opted for Qualcomm’s chips.

The BlackBerry Z10 has a Qualcomm MSM8960 chip manufactured on the 28nm node with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The chip integrates 3G and 4G LTE on board.

Otherwise, the Z10 uses two other key Samsung components - a 2GB RAM module and 16GB of Samsung-made internal flash storage.

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

Related phones

  • Display 4.2" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Samsung is clearly monopolizing the mobile world!!! Not surprising though... I believe their products are satisfaction guaranteed.

2. wendygarett unregistered

And Qualcomm :)

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Indeed...i forgot! Their "Snappy Draggy" processors are not to be messed with :)

5. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

their S4 chips arent to be mess with. I wasnt too impress with S3 and below. Qualcomm will continue to munch on the competition unless this Exynos octa-core delux times 10 to the N-degree or whatever they call it chip released by Samsung owns on the processing and batter consumption end. My current phone has a pretty decent TI OMAP 4460 processor. Gets the job done but I would prefer the S4 no doubt.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2299; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Who makes the screen??

6. MartianMe unregistered

That list looks like a cup of noodles.

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012


8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So....who is gonna say the hardware in the Z10 is so so now... Its almost a GS3.

9. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

blackberry is crap!

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