Ottawa-based tech industry analyst firm UBM Techinsights says the BB Z10 shares a lot of parts with rival Samsung
The BlackBerry Z10 could cost as much as $154 per unit to build, according to estimates by UBM Techinsights of Ottawa which did a tear down of the handset recently. By comparison, Apple’s 16GB iPhone 5 costs around $139.20 per unit to build, according to UBM.
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The BlackBerry Z10 retails for around $650 without a contract and about $140 on a three year contract in Canada.
UBM also found out that the phone considered by many as BlackBerry’s “Hail Mary” product, has a lot in common with Samsung’s Galaxy S III handset.
“When we took apart the BlackBerry Z10, the one thing that immediately stood out to us…was the number of familiar components we saw,” according to a report by UBM. “All in all, the BlackBerry Z10 seems to incorporate many of the component selections of the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE.”
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The BB Z10 also uses Qualcomm’s PM8921 power management IC (found on Galaxy S III LTE and Galaxy Tab 2) and RTR8600 multi-mode transceiver and GPS (found in the S III LTE and 4th generation iPad).