Nokia Lumia 900 teardown exposes $209 worth of parts

Nokia Lumia 900 teardown exposes $209 worth of parts
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.

That keeps manufacturing costs down, which in result allows for companies to offer decent smartphones at competitive prices. For example, the Qualcomm chip inside the Nokia Lumia 900 costs $17 apiece, while a dual-core alternative would run for about $22. Even the Bluetooth chip used in the Lumia 900 is an older, but cheaper by $2.50 model, which goes to show how much effort is being put in making the smartphone as affordable as possible.

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

Related phones

Lumia 900
  • 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)



1. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Why cant mobile phones be like pcs with upgradable processors!!!!

2. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

LOL! I know what you mean but as they are that would take some serious soldering skills! :p

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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.

5. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

If that could be possible then mobile phone companies will have huge losses cuz everyone will just upgrade the CPU and RAM :D lol

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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+


Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

How cheap... it's a high end comparing to other's!

6. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Yeah right, fandroid. Even with your expensive equipment an android still can't be as smooth as windows phone

10. eyephone

Posts: 69; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Yea with you'r bisected braise!


Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Go to prison enjoy.

8. Wolves11

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

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!


Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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....

11. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Says the idiot that's living in his own world


Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Says the destitute! Covetous eye$h??p

12. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

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).

15. Maxaravind

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

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...

16. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Exactly! That would be awesome. :)

17. ananthonline

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

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.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.