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Motorola DROID RAZR cracked open to expose the making of an engineering marvel

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Motorola DROID RAZR cracked open to expose the making of an engineering marvel
The Motorola DROID RAZR is the thinnest LTE smartphone out there, and the thinnest Android device overall, if we don't count the camera hump. iFixit has disassembled a unit and exposed how has Motorola reclaimed its manufacturing prowess with the DROID RAZR.

Since the battery is non-removable, there is no cranny to slide your nail into and pop the cover open, so you have to use something really thin to separate the Kevlar-woven plastic back half. Once in, the battery's sockets are actually connected with contacts, instead of soldered onto the main board, and there is a handy label to pull to take it out, so replacing it is not that hard if you have something thin to crack the case open.

The juicer itself is a thin engineering marvel, allowing the handset to attain this 0.28" (7.1mm) profile, since it is in itself just 0.11", but taller and wider than usual for its generous 1750mAh capacity.

The Qualcomm MDM6600 dual-mode baseband inside is a combined GSM/CDMA module, meaning that this is a world phone with up to 14.4Mbps HSDPA download speeds, and the LTE module seems to be of Motorola's own making, the same one that is found in the DROID BIONIC - T6VP0XBG-0001.


To achieve the incredible thinness, yet keep things rigid and dirable, Motorola has used things like a diamond-cut inner metal frame, and the Kevlar-infused back. Also, most all chips in the phones have been crammed on one side of the motherboard, with EMI shields on top of every major emitting part, and a lot of adhesive to keep parts together. iFixit gave the Motorola RAZR a repairability score of 4/10, due to the tightly packaged design that requires certain instruments just to remove the battery.

source: iFixit

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posted on 14 Nov 2011, 06:16 3

1. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


Measure it at the thickest part not the thinnest. Idiots!

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:10 1

2. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


That's how I feel. This seems to be a cheap wap way to steal bragging rights. I don't care how thin something is at the thinnest part. My pocket its gonna feel the thickest part.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:34 8

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


only 10% of the phone is thicker than the s2, the iphone, etc.

the 90% is thinner.

Therefore: the other phones are 90% thicker.

Still the thinnest.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 08:46 1

8. cfprelude (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


actually you are very incorrect.... your pocket is going to fill the thickness of the majority of the phone. and i keep hearing that its thicker than the iphone at the thickest point but when i lay it down next to my wife's iphone they are the same thickness for about 7% of the phone.... and then WAAAAYYYY thinner for the rest. And from a usability standpoint, i'm not even saying the razr thin is the easiest thing to hang on to BUT the very slight bump on top is the perfect place to help you hold it.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:40 3

11. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


My pocket dosent feel the thickest point what so ever. It's like having a little thing chapstic on the bottom of my pocket while I have a bad ass thin phone in there as well. I almost forget I have the phone on me at times.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 09:39 2

9. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Haven't seen you in awhile. I would agree with you if most of the phone was thicker and they had a slight portion that was the "thinnest".

The reality is, as mentioned above about 90% of the phone IS the thinnest phone on the market, by quite a bit.

Get over it.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 13:40 1

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Poor you. When you planing on getting 4-5 razr? I mean you need to keep your record. Now seriously the phone is super thin and doesn't sacrifice anything but the removable battery it looks amazing

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:37 1

4. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Apple can slavishly copy the solutions found by Motorola and put a patent on them

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:41 2

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5913; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Moto/VZW can spin the phone how ever they want to spin it. Regardless, it is one amazing example of engineering.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:42 1

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5913; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I am curious what the projected cost to produce the RAZR is going to come in at.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:43 2

7. PhoneLuver (Posts: 468; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Wow! Impressive how they managed to get everything in there!

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:37 1

10. jdrevolution (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


That's a pretty nifty breakdown, but did they really open it up with a saw?! Ahahaha, ah, new technology, meet you're exposure at the hands of old technology.

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 22:35

13. emburybrett (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


If this COULD work on GSM why don't they push an update so when I go outside the USA I can use my phone without paying an arm and a leg! They know that they could do this because why would they put the GSM with the HSPA+ chip? HSPA+ is 14.4 so why not push a simple update like you are to stop us from rooting...?

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