Are you fascinated with the innards of a mobile device and dying to see what is inside of Verizon Wireless’ flagship DROID X handset? If you answered with an enthusiastic “Yes!”, then check out the disassembly video and 26 photo exposè put together by DROIDX.net. Unlike iFixit which painstakingly identifies each and every component, this disassembly is more a “How-To” guide designed to prep future DROID X owners who wish to take apart their own handset when it lands next month. Potential followers looking to tear down their DROID X should note that there is a no re-assembly guide at this time and should take heed as the phone is useless once it is broken down to its side rails and motherboard. Nonetheless if you’re interest is piqued, hit the read link to gawk at all the guts and glory of this upcoming Android handset.
The fine folks iFixit have once again teamed up with Chipworks to tear down one of the greatest latest gadgets to hit the scene in the KIN TWO. Before you tune out and keep on scrolling, we should let you know that a lot of impressive stuff was uncovered after cracking the thing wide open. So without further ado, here’s a summary of what was found. The brains of the phone, a NVIDIA Tegra APX2600, are sandwiched together with memory in a four die, chip-on-chip package. The 8 megapixel IMX046 image sensor from Sony takes up only .5mm3 and has a pixel size of 1.4 micrometers. Other chips include a Qualcomm QSC8065 and a Texas Instruments WL1271A that takes care of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the FM Radio. The digitizer is a Clearpad made by Synaptics, and the USB 2.0 transceiver is an incredibly tiny 4mm2. Pretty crazy to think that there’s so much advanced technology in a cheap featurephone, right? More →
Yesterday many people across the country eagerly waited in line to get their hands on the most anticipated handset of the year, the Palm Pre. While the overwhelming majority of people who took a Pre home with them are counting on it to be their reliable companion for the foreseeable future, the people at Rapid Repair were merely interested in taking it back to their offices and ripping it apart. So what did we learn other than the fact that disassembling a Pre is best done by people who really, really know what they’re doing? Pre components are worth about $170 — a massive leap above the iSuppli estimate of $138. In other words, it’s probably best to actually have a unit on hand before estimating its production cost. Just a thought.
The Kindle 2 is one of those gadgets that people either love or hate. One the one hand it’s a glimpse into the more versatile, eco-friendly and portable future for the written (and spoken) word. On the other hand it is also the devil’s dandruff, a little white monster that is attempting to ruin the noble and glorious history of the written word. But no matter what people think of it, most everyone is fascinated by the Kinde 2 and the technology that lurks underneath those understated looks. Thankfully the jewelers screwdriver-wielding maniacs at iFixit did their thing because we’re quite fascinated by some of the findings:
- The Kindle 2 is powered by a 532MHz ARM-11 Freescale MCIMX31L processor
- The 3.7 V 1530 mAh Li-Pol battery makes up roughly 10% of the weight of the Kindle 2 coming in at 31g
- Upon disconnecting the battery from the unit, the E-Ink display continued to display the last image before the power disconnect
- An outline of a SIM card is present indicating the potential for international versions of the Kindle 2
- A Samsung 2GB moviNAND and two 32MB DDR RAM chips perform all memory duties
- Only 26 screws and four connectors need be removed to completely disassemble the Kindle 2
There are of course a few more pics after the jump, but before we have to say it; the Kindle 2 has a processor that is faster than the iPhone 3G and on par with the Curve 8900. So sad and so true, but we’re so over it. More →
Everyone knows that the best thing about getting a hot new gadget isn’t the high you get when purchasing it, the joy of unboxing powering it on, or the the enjoyment it brings you over a period of time. It’s taking that expensive piece of equipment apart the first night with Red Bull-fueled precision. And that’s exactly what the same people that brought us the first iPhone 3G disassembly did. Through their latest ritualistic disassembly two interesting things were discovered. First, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro feature the same single-piece internal design, and second, removing the keyboard requires the removal of 56 screws. Yeah, that’s right. 56 screws.