Samsung’s Galaxy S10 contains a good number of chips from San Diego’s Qualcomm Inc., a recent teardown published by iFixit shows.
A “teardown” is a step-by-step, photographic account of the disassembly of a new electronic device, showing the reader what’s inside.
It’s kind of like dissecting a frog. More importantly, it’s another way of keeping score regarding which electronics companies have a place in the next hot gadget.
Many Galaxy S10 phones contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip, able to tap the new, ultrafast wireless data networks.
Also spotted in iFixit’s S10 teardown were the Qualcomm WCD9341 audio codec; the Qualcomm SDR8150, likely a radiofrequency transceiver; the Qualcomm PM8150, likely performing power management duties; and a Qualcomm QDM3870 radiofrequency front-end module.
Galaxy S10 phones in some markets have a Samsung Exynos 9820 chip rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. Tech Insights tore down a Galaxy S10+ from South Korea and found the Samsung chip — and apparently little other Qualcomm content other than the biometric fingerprint sensor.
It is common for smartphones to have different content in different countries.
How much money, you ask, is Qualcomm making from a each Samsung Galaxy S10, or the whole Galaxy S10 line?
That’s a matter Qualcomm keeps close to the vest. Maybe someday, when they write the history books, we’ll know.