Say what you want about how Nokia's N8 smartphone stacks up to Apple's iPhone 4, but at a minimum, the two devices share one trait in common: Bill of Materials (BOM).
According to iSuppli, the N8's BOM comes out to $187.47. If you want to split hairs over four cents, then technically Apple's iPhone 4 costs more to produce. Otherwise, the two are identical in terms of component parts.
"The N8's BOM shows Nokia is targeting the product squarely at the touchscreen smartphone segment now dominated by the iPhone," said Andrew Rassweiler, director, principal analyst and teardown services manager, iSuppli. "Although the two phones differ markedly in key areas, including th camera and core silicon, both are designated to hit similar production cost budgets."
While the costs are nearly identical, the parts in each device are not. The N8, for example, makes use of a CMOS sensor with a 12-megapixel resolution, whereas the iPhone 4 goes up to 5 megapixels. At $31.08, the camera subsystem is the third most costly part of the N8.
The N8's display ranks as the most expensive piece of hardware. It uses an AMOLED screen, while the iPhone 4 comes with an 3.5-inch LCD screen using In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology.
In case you happen to be anxious with anticipation over the upcoming release of Nokia's N8 smartphone, you can relax, everything is proceeding as scheduled, Nokia claims. According to Nokia, rumors that the N8 release is being pushed back are all false.
"We have said we expect to ship the N8 by the end of the third quarter and that hasn't changed," a Nokia spokesman told AFP.
As for how the rumors started to swirl in the first place, Nokia says it's all just a misunderstanding from Nokia's marketing department telling customers who pre-ordered the device that it wouldn't ship until October.
That's good news for Nokia, which is banking on the N8 being a hit in the smartphone market, a sector Nokia desperately wants to be relevant in.
The whole high-end smartphone thing might be a bit more challenging than Nokia thought. After having rolled out its N8 smartphone in the Netherlands, it looks as though a global release is being pushed back so that Nokia can work on the phone's buggy software, according to reports.
It's unclear exactly what these issues are, only that they're apparently serious enough to warrant holding off on releasing the N8 stateside (and elsewhere) to at least October, with some rumors suggesting you'll have to wait until November.
The software glitches couldn't have come at a worse time for Nokia, which is trying establish a major presence in the high-end smartphone market. According to Nokia, demand for the N8 has been high, saying "The amount of preorders has exceeded our expectations and we are working hard to deliver th Nokia N8 to the market."