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Market Insight: Component Comparison of Two Smartphones Highlights Semiconductor Vendor Challenges

Published: 27 March 2013

ID: G00246275

Analyst(s): Jon Erensen , Alfonso Velosa , Amy Teng , Hugues J. De La Vergne


The battle for the third smartphone OS is under way with Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS competing for a place behind Android and iOS. Semiconductor vendors should note that key components used in the Nokia Lumia 920 and BlackBerry Z10 point to challenges for the future as the market consolidates.

Table Of Contents


  • Light Teardown Highlights the Similarities Between Leading-Edge Phones
    • Nokia and BlackBerry Smartphones Are Similar

Background and Context

  • The Smartphone Market is a Virtual Duopoly
    • The Rise of OS-Based Ecosystems Has Changed Market Competitiveness

The Impact

  • Neither Nokia nor BlackBerry Will Drive the Largest Semiconductor Opportunity
    • Consumer Surveys and Enterprise Needs Point to an Opportunity for Microsoft
    • Semiconductor Companies Face Threats In the Smartphone Market


  • The Battle for the Third Smartphone OS Presents Semiconductor Opportunities

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