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Droid RAZR teardown reveals tightly packed construction

updated 12:50 pm EST, Fri November 11, 2011

iFixIt teardown scores Droid Razr 4 out of 10

iFixit has, once again, published one of its device teardowns, this time turning its tools on the Motorola Droid RAZR. The team found the ultra-thin 0.28-inch design of the phone cost it a strong repairability score, with the handset posting a 4 out of 10 lower than most Apple devices. This was due to a lot of glue to hold it together, an LCD fused to the glass, and lots of fairly delicate plastic throughout the construction.

Another surprise was the flexibility of the back Kevlar and plastic cover. The interior houses two liquid damage indicators, with one on the bottom and the other on the right side. The battery is held in place using contact points and has a tab dedicated to its removal. It is rated at 1,750mAh, or 300mAh more than the iPhone 4S, although LTE might negate the advantage.

The chips found inside are located on the front side of the mainboard. The Qualcomm MDM6600 3G radio is the same as the one used in the original iPhone 4, while Toshiba provides the 16GB of flash memory. Samsung provided the RAM, while Avago shipped the quad-band power amplifier. Motorola's own T6VP0XBG-0001 acts as the 4G radio.

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