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Motorola Droid 3 teardown shows same 3G chip as iPhone 4

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Mon July 18, 2011

Droid 3 torn down by iFixit

A new teardown of Verizon's just-launched Motorola Droid 3 has shown a link to its rival at Verizon, the iPhone 4. iFixit's disassembly found that the Droid 3 was using the same Qualcomm MDM6600 as in the CDMA iPhone 4. Unlike the Apple-made device, though, the Droid 3 makes full use of its chip and can roam in Europe and elsewhere with both GSM and HSPA 3G.

Many of the other parts are appropriately different. The 1GHz, dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor was known to be different, but Motorola also makes use of SanDisk rather than Toshiba or Samsung for its built-in flash memory.

Repairing the Droid 3 isn't always easy, the breakdown showed. While the battery wasn't trapped inside and there weren't security screws, many of the common tricks to slim down a phone made it difficult to fix. Adhesives hold much of it together and render parts tough or impossible to repair. Many things inside area also joined on a single ribbon cable, which leads to having to replace all of the components on that ribbon if just one breaks. The LCD also can't be easily removed and makes repairing a broken screen impractical.

The Android 2.3 phone is already on shelves in the US for $200 on contract. In Canada, it will be available without the CDMA features as the XT860 4G sometime this summer.












by MacNN Staff

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  1. J2-Droid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Whats that?

    Oh, it was Apple filing another lawsuit. Sorry Moto, you are not allowed to be mentioned in the same article as Apple...they patented that already.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    WTF!

    "the Droid 3 was using the same Qualcomm MDM6600 as in the CDMA iPhone 4. Unlike the Apple-made device, though, the Droid 3 makes full use of its chip and can roam in Europe and elsewhere with both GSM and HSPA 3G."

    You mean to tell me Good Old Apple CASTRATES its devices for the benefit of its iDumb users?

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