BlackBerry Z10 teardown

If you want a smartphone that you can crack open and take a peek inside — and possibly swap the battery out when the old one gets flat — then the BlackBerry Z10 is the handset for you.

Smartphones aren't generally considered to be the easiest of things to repair, but when it comes to the new BlackBerry Z10, things are looking up.

According to a teardown carried out by repair form iFixit, BlackBerry's new button-less smartphone proves that you can have a device that is thin, easily repairable, and feature a user-replaceable battery.

Did I say "user-replaceable battery"? I most certainly did. Getting into the Z10 is simply a matter of popping a few clips with nothing more than a stout fingernail, and then you're inside the handset, where the battery can be easily removed and swapped out. There are no screws or clips or nasty adhesive holding the 3.8 V, 1800mAh Lithium-ion power pack in place.

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The battery might be small, but it packs quite a kick and can keep the Z10 going for 10 hours of talk time on 3G, with a standby capacity of 13 days.

Once inside the Z10, the iFixit team discovered a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor, a Texas Instruments WL1273L wireless module, 2GB of Samsung K3PE0E000A XG Mobile DDR2 SDRAM, and storage in the form of 16GB of Samsung KLMAG2GE4A MLC NAND flash.

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Overall, iFixit gave the Z10 a repairability score of eight out of 10, which is a very high score for a smartphone. However, there were some aspects of the device that bothered the team. Take the display for example, which while being thin, has the digitizer applied directly to the glass and fused in turn to the LCD. This means that if the glass is shattered, the entire display will need to be replaced.

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