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Blackberry Torch revealed to light of day

Posted: 20 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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RIM's Blackberry Torch (Click on image to enlarge.)

The new Blackberry Torch smart phone from Research in Motion Inc. uses parts made by CSR, Synaptics, Samsung Electronics and Sandisk Corp., among others. The total BOM is $171.05, according to iSuppli Corp.

Also found inside the Torch were an integrated baseband from Marvell Technology Group, a 3-axis accelerometer made by ADI, Infineon Technologies' PMB5701 tri-band RF transceiver, Renesas Electronics' R2A60177BG quad-band RF transceiver and TI's WL1271x WLAN/BlueTooth IC, according to iSuppli.

The market analyst also found a GPS chip from CSR inside the Torch and a controller IC from Synaptics, a 4-gigabyte eMMC NAND flash memory device from Samsung and a removable Micro SD memory card from SanDisk. The handset also features STMicroelectronics NV 's STV0987 video/image processor, TI's TLV320AIC36IZQERaudio codec and CrucialTec's optical trackpad assembly, according to iSuppli.

ISuppli was not able to identify the manufacturer of the Torch's display, but said that in the past RIM has employed displays from Samsung Mobile Display, Toshiba Mobile Display Co. Ltd. and Sharp.

The Torch's BOM is $171.05, according to iSuppli Corp. (Click on image to enlarge.)

The Torch features a number of firsts for a BlackBerry, including a Qwerty slider keyboard, a rewritten OS and social feeds, universal search and a faster WebKit-based browser, according to iSuppli.

ISuppli's analysis concluded that the Torch bears some similarity to smartphones from other brands, including the Tilt 2 from HTC, Motorola's Droid X and Microsoft's Kin 2.

"On the inside, the Torch's electronic design heavily leverages subsystems used in previous members of the BlackBerry smartphone line, specifically the Storm2 and the Bold 9700," said Andrew Rassweiler, principal analyst and teardown services manager at iSuppli.

When adding in an estimated manufacturing cost of $12, the Torch's combined production and BOM cost amounts to $183.05, according to iSuppli. By comparison, a June teardown analysis by iSuppli found that the 16GB version of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4 carries a BOM cost of $187.51.

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