Motorola Moto X gets the teardown treatment and shows off the X8 SoC

Motorola Moto X gets the teardown treatment and shows off the X8 SoC
Today was the first day of sale for the Motorola Moto X, so that obviously means that iFixit had to tear it apart to see how it all fits together. The good news is that the Moto X scores well on iFixit's reparability scale, but there weren't any real surprises hidden inside Motorola's new flagship device. Everything is as we expected it to be.

It seems that the Moto X is a pretty easy device to repair, the only real negative mentioned is that Motorola used some pretty sticky adhesive to secure the back plate, but that will really just slow you down if you're determined. The X8 SoC is on display inside, nicely bordered by the NFC antenna so the impressive new chip is framed.

The entire device is very modular and easy to assemble and disassemble. We wouldn't be surprised if this was a conscious choice to make sure Motorola could build the devices fast enough. Many of the components, including the camera flash and headphone jack are modular and easy to replace.

The back side of the display assembly has a bit of foam to cushion it. And it is interesting to see that the colors labeled as "woven black" and "woven white" are actually woven as in you can see through the material when you are looking at the back plate by itself. 

Otherwise, there's nothing surprising inside the Moto X. But, it's always nice to know that you can fix it fairly easily, if you want. 

source: iFixit

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)



1. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Lol this phone is such a fail.

2. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

and yet you find it productive to comment on its news.

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

He's right, but jt is no less trolling on his part. The battery life is far from impressive, and that was a major piece of hype. If you skimp on parts (1080p screen, amazing SoC), you better deliver some great battery life. It doesn't feel like anything special in the hand, it is mid-2012 fast, and AT&T has already screwed the launch by requiring a 2-year contract for a customized version.

4. rtol1

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Just out of curiosity and with no hostility intended whatsoever, have you had personal experience with the phone's battery or is that based off of reviews?

5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I've read quite a few reviews, and my time with it has been rather brief. I, and they, could be wrong, but I'm inclined to believe the consensus. I love the concept, and the fit and finish were nice, if mixed (Some accents are cool and look/feel very nice, while others had me scratching my head). If Moto had a little reputation capital built up, I would say they could probably overcome the rocky start, but they really don't. Too many heavyweights are a few weeks away, so this will be a tough sell by the time they get the custom program expanded and distribution expanded.

6. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

N_3: You are too kind. People need to remember Moto had sufficient time to get the product "right". This was not one of those products "rushed" to market. Some Moto exec's with high pay grade CLEARLY screwed up on the execution and timing. You look at Blackberry, aka RIM, that also took its time release their products. However great or huge improvements from prior handsets, the fact remains the market is intense with Apple raising the bar each year and the other OEMs constantly trying to steal Apple's "deep-pocket" customers. So yes, by delaying the product, I agree with you the timing is now going work against Moto, especially if Apple releases the 5S and 5C in a two-prong attack to further squeeze the marginal OEMs like Moto.

7. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Now watch other companies follow moto foot steps on how the chip processes it's impressive ppl like u don't understand it

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