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Motorola DROID 3 teardown reveals juicy hardware & tough disassembly process

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Motorola DROID 3 teardown reveals juicy hardware & tough disassembly process
Surely, we know that the Motorola DROID 3 isn’t messing around nowadays with its larger presence than its predecessors, but its solid construction does make it one difficult handset to take apart.

Well, the team over at iFixit know all too well about this handset seeing that they recently took up the daunting task of taking apart Motorola’s latest big boy in the Motorola DROID 3. For starters, they mention that the handset is notoriously difficult to repair due to the lengthy disassembly process that it requires just to access its display and glass. Additionally, the entire process is slowed due to the fact that Torx screws and glue are abundant everywhere throughout the handset’s construction that will keep even veterans sweating as they meticulously take it apart.

However, it should be worth noting that the handset finally sees a much significant upgrade in hardware versus its predecessor – and boy does it impress some people with its arsenal. In fact, their teardown reveals that the handset packs a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU, which is highly regarded as a proper processor upgrade. In addition, some of the new items on board with the handset is its much useful SIM card slot that enables owners to use it with various GSM networks and front-facing camera.

With the motherboard, it includes the following on it:

  • Qualcomm MDM6600 supporting HSPA+ speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps
  • SanDisk SDIN4C2 16GB MLC NAND flash
  • Elpida B4064B2PB-8D-F 512MB RAM
  • TI OMAP 4430 CPU (hidden underneath the Elpida RAM)
  • Triquint TQM7M5013 Linear Power Amplifier
  • Kionix KXTF9 11425 1411 three-axis accelerometer
  • Qualcomm PM8028 chip that works in conjunction with the Qualcomm MDM6600 to provide wireless data connection
  • Hynix H8BCS0QG0MMR memory MCP containing Hynix DRAM and STM flash

source: iFixit

Motorola DROID 3 teardown reveals juicy hardware & tough disassembly process
Motorola DROID 3 teardown reveals juicy hardware & tough disassembly process
Motorola DROID 3 teardown reveals juicy hardware & tough disassembly process

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posted on 18 Jul 2011, 13:06

1. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Ok i'm confused. This has a A9 and an OMAP CPU? I guess I don't understand correctly.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 13:41 4

2. ehaus81 (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Feb 2010)


OMAP is the name TI gives it's ARM processors. The OMAP 4 is built using the ARM Cortex A9 CPU design which TI then builds the rest of the processor from. Just like Qualcomm builds the Snapdragon processor using ARM designs.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 14:01

3. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Oh ok thank you for clearing that up for me I appreciate It!!

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 18:02 2

4. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Too bad the chips can't be properly utilized by being in the bloatware boat.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 18:31 2

5. DroidGod (Posts: 48; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Miz i wish i could block you on here.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 23:04 1

8. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Why, because I am speaking the truth about the Droid being inferior devices compared to far better models of Android phones? Though that's not saying too much.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 01:27 1

9. Sniggly (Posts: 6962; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Or maybe it's because you keep repeating the same bulls**t over and over again while constantly ignoring the evidence that you're wrong?

Or maybe it's because people can't figure out whether you're simply a troll or just incredibly stupid. Either way it explains why you named yourself after a pro wrestler on multiple accounts.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 11:52 1

10. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


"Or maybe it's because you keep repeating the same bulls**t over and over again while constantly ignoring the evidence that you're wrong?"

that sounds exactly like you, sniggly.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 11:54 1

11. Sniggly (Posts: 6962; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You're another one. You never have anything constructive to say and offer absolutely nothing to support your opinions. And s**t, you're so unimportant that when you're not posting I forget completely about you.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 21:13

13. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Sniggy, stop trying to talk like you're more important than everyone here. Only reason why someone remembers you is because of that goofy profile pic. And then you always whine and moan whenever someone disagrees with you.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 21:12

12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Oh snap, you just burned him lol.

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 21:15

14. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


What evidence? Every evidence you've stated has been nothing but circumstantial at the most.

Oh I don't need to figure you out - you're just someone with no direction in life trying to put down others to mask your own insecurities.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 21:58

7. Stormtroopin (unregistered)


Seriously it does not look tough at all, its not that different than the tear down of the Motorola atrix for att minus the fact that it has a slide out keyboard. this build type is pretty standard for Motorola similar to the droid x and x2 also.

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