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BlackBerry Z10 repairable, not droppable

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The iFixit team have torn into the new flagship phone from BlackBerry, the Z10.

The team at iFixit.com are known for tearing apart modern tech to assess how repairable the device may be, often discovering interesting insights along the way.

They've most recently revealed the inner workings of the BlackBerry Z10, the newest offering from BlackBerry launched at the end of January

The team's teardown is proof, they say, that smartphones can be thin, easily-repairable and have replaceable batteries. They were impressed enough to award the Z10 an 8 out of 10 repairability score, an achievement no other smartphone has been able to reach in some time. 

 

The rear-facing camera was dispatched from the Z10's motherboard with ease.

Of course, we were most interested in the camera component. The teardown confirmed the rear-facing 8 megapixel camera has a 5-element f/2.2 lens, with a dedicated ISP (image signal processor) with a 64 MB frame buffer.

A few more iFixit findings: 

  • The rear panel contains an integrated NFC antenna, similar to the antenna found in the Samsung Nexus S.
  • The easily removable 3.8 V, 1800 mAh Lithium-ion battery allows for up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G with up to 13 days standby time. 
  • The display unit is ultra thin, a feat achieved by some serious fusing. The digitizer is applied directly to the glass and fused in turn to the LCD. The downside to this design decision: shattering the glass means losing all touchscreen capabilities. A drop from ear-height on concrete spells death.
  • The glass is not the lauded Gorilla Glass, but a new kind of hardened display.
    The display unit is ultra thin, a feat achieved by some serious fusing. The digitizer is applied directly to the glass and fused in turn to the LCD.

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