TechInsights BlackBerry Z10 Teardown reveals key components

TechInsights BlackBerry Z10 Teardown reveals key components
By Bla1ze on 11 Feb 2013 09:42 pm EST

These days, it's pretty much an ongoing ritual when a new piece of technology hits the market. If you build it, someone will want to tear it down and that's no different when it comes to the BlackBerry Z10. Ottawa's TechInsights have now splayed all the key components of the latest BlackBerry smartphone for all to see. Overall, there aren't a whole lot of surprises to be found within but for those who care about the finer details, here's a list of what they found.

  • 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 

If you're into the nitty gritty details of how it all works together, TechInsights has a pretty expanded write up of their device on their site. You can hit the link below to skip on over there and check it all out. It's a pretty interesting read as they offer up some opinions on how the device stacks up against the likes of the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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TechInsights BlackBerry Z10 Teardown reveals key components


The biggest limiting factor there would be an antenna. If the board is wired to allow the headphones to work as an antenna, cool, but if they haven't made that provision there isn't a hope it would work.

It looks like the radio in the phone is both CDMA and GSM...does that mean one could theoretically buy an unlocked canadian/UK Z10 from GSM provider there, and then use it on Verizon/Sprint in the US?

Correct me if I am wrong... I think that Sprint and Verizon don't activate sim card (unless it is for international services "gsm" services on their worldphones). When activating a phone on their networks it is via the ESN number. So if my previous statement is correct, you can have it flashed and activated on those carriers only if they are willing to do it for you.

No. Verizon and Sprint will only activate phones on their networks that have known ESNs. IE they wont activate a phone on their network if it belongs to another carrier. They can tell it belongs to another carrier because the ESN of each phone will not be in their database.

I bet you could get it working on PagePlus, though. PagePlus lets you activate unknown ESNs on their network.

Yea that's what I was wondering. I know they have a VERY NICE looking TAT inspired radio tuner app for their QNX Car 2.0. I wonder why that app isn't on the phone...maybe it will come with BB 10.1

I love seeing things like this in a review for the Z10: Unequivocally, I would say that this is the best touchscreen keyboard I have ever experienced."

"there's really nothing here to make you want to come back., unless you really miss BB Messenger. " Once again, someone hasn't done their homework. SMH

You clearly belong to the Specs Police but you've missed a step there.
This thing doesn't have to lug Android OS around daily have you see how these "lowly specs" compare in real life operation with the greatest you've got right now?
It's a hardware plus software kinda thing, sir.

Torch 9860 + Playbook 64GB = Fun times!

Where's the camera module? My guess is that it's from Sony.

I desperately need a new phone, because the touchscreen on my 9800 has failed. Can't wait for the Z10 to come to ATT!

My netgear router supports the ac standard so I was hoping for that on the z10 too. No biggie though.

AC & AD standards wont be finalized until the end of the year. I suspect you won't see many phones with them until after that happens....(maybe some androids but that's it)

Last year's hardware, saved for a few months by fresh software, for now.
BlackBerry better have a nice high-end phone in Q3!


So the Texas Instruments WL1273L - Single-Chip 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, and FM. Supports FM if its activated in the OS?
Also any hardware pieces listed implies that USB on the go is supported (hardware-wise)?

I thought the exact same thing two weeks ago when I saw what SOC they were using. I have asked this question on the forums to see if anyone has checked, many views of the post but no replies. It isn't like the adapters are expensive, I got one on Amazon for less than 1USD.

Am I the only one who recalls Mike Lazaridis saying that BB10 would be delayed because they were waiting for a new chipset to hit the market?

Don't see anything in that list that hasn't been in market for some time...

Yah... He said that over a year ago.. THen when Throsten Took over he pushed the launch back because the OS wasn't close to being ready.

Lazaridis may have been correct as the s3 came out in june or may in the uk, so in the fall of 2011 the chips may not have been ready.. But This isn't have Thor pushed it back.. The software made him push it back.

Worth the wait.. the OS is great and i don't miss my s3 so far. A few people here at my work with iphones and droids are really thinking about switching in the upcoming months as their contracts end... Pretty surprised.

With all the chatter about image quality with the camera, the fact that the camera component isn't mentioned specifically (manufacturer and part number) is kind of irritating.

(novice question) I thought that there would be Paratek technology in the Z10. Is it there? I believe it was manufactured by STMicroelectronics.