Nokia Lumia 900 teardown exposes $209 worth of parts
posted by Nick T. / Apr 11, 2012, 8:53 AM
Want to see what exactly makes the Nokia Lumia 900 tick? So were the folks at iSuppli, who got a hold of a unit and gave it a full-fledged teardown treatment. It turns out that the smartphone is made out of about $209 worth of components, or approximately $240 less than what it costs off contract. Also, the teardown reveals that the smartphone relies on tried and tested components, instead of going for the most advanced parts available today.
But given how efficient the Windows Phone platform has become, especially after the Tango update, there isn't necessarily anything wrong with that. As a matter of fact, a Windows Phone handset can run perfectly smooth on a single-core Qualcomm processor and with only 512 megabytes of RAM.
And in case you are wondering, there is one top-of-the-line component used in the Lumia 900, namely the gyroscope chip, which is used to determine the physical orientation of the device. The chip used is made by ST Microelectronics and is the same one used by Apple for the iPhone 4S.
source: iSuppli via AllThingsD
- Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055, Single core, 1400 MHz
- Storage 16 GB
- Battery 1830 mAh(8h 3G talk time)
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Why cant mobile phones be like pcs with upgradable processors!!!!
posted on Apr 11, 2012, 9:16 AM 10
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Because CPU, GPU and other components are integrated inside SoC (system-on-a-chip) and they are the part of the SoC. In other words it is "single piece" and thats mean if you want change CPU, you must change whole SoC which place CPU, GPU and other components inside. And since SoC is one of expensivest part in your phone, financially it is not worth to do that.
posted on Apr 11, 2012, 10:03 AM 3
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That would be awesome, but there's so much going on in terms of power consumption, compatibility, as well as the SoC (as mentioned above) that it would be impractical. That being said, I dream of a day when users can swap out the guts of their phones for newer ones, just like upgrading a motherboard and CPU on a PC, but keeping the hard drive and body intact. Though it'd be great if the screens were modular as well, so one could upgrade from, say, an old LCD to the new LCD used in the HTC OneX, or from AMOLED to Super AMOLED+
posted on Apr 11, 2012, 11:03 AM 1
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How cheap... it's a high end comparing to other's!
posted on Apr 11, 2012, 9:53 AM 3
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Yeah right, fandroid. Even with your expensive equipment an android still can't be as smooth as windows phone
posted on Apr 11, 2012, 10:58 AM 5
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And the mighty Troll shows his head YET again on a WP7 post... Can we get info on how much it costs in parts for a Galaxy 2, that was twice as much new as this phone? Or some comparative Android, which needs more power to run smoothly. WP7 uses 512mb of ram for the same reason the 4S only uses 512mb of RAm, cause IT CAN!
posted on Apr 11, 2012, 11:52 AM 1
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Im not troll..... just expressing. Well you cant push the limit on that phone.... Well atleast they use quality components unlike.... Nokia phones allways lack hardware allways Will allways have going back years. I lovev nokia Phones I still have the N95 8600 luna 8800 N95 8gb E71 E72 E55 8800 arte n86 N900 N97 I havnt sold them! I just dont like windows very Restrictead prison. Symbian is way much better....
posted on Apr 11, 2012, 12:52 PM 3
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A phone can be made with parts that total $500 dollars, but not perform smoothly. -ALSO- A phone can be made with parts that total $200 dollars, and perform as smooth as silk. As a consumer I prefer option B... Its not WHAT you got, but HOW you use it... besides it's not like Nokia is using "low end" parts... NOKIA is using "HIGH END" PARTS, just not the most expensive options (some of those more expensive options are more susceptible to crashes anyways).
posted on Apr 11, 2012, 7:15 PM 1
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i would like to see phones with changeable os and multiboot so that i can swap from win to andro just like i swap from Linux to win and vice versa on my pc...
posted on Apr 12, 2012, 12:37 AM 1
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Does no one here get it? It's not about what the OS can do (WP7 rocks, sure). Nokia is scalping users for no apparent benefit of theirs. Nokia is making more twice what it puts into the phone and the users are NOT getting anything unique in terms of hardware. And I suspect they're not doing this because they want the profits, either. They just didn't want people to know that their new "premium" smartphone isn't too much better than their lower-end models.
posted on Apr 30, 2012, 3:39 PM 0
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