Motorola Atrix 4G Teardown Shows All – We Like

The Motorola Atrix 4G Android smartphone, which was only released a few days ago on AT&T, has been the subject of a lot of positive attention and now we have news of a full teardown that has already been carried out, which shows all. Among our many posts on the Atrix we’ve already given you an unboxing article, a story about it being rooted before release, and a comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S II but if you’ve ever wondered what’s inside then read on.

The teardown comes to us courtesy of the iFixit team who are well renowned for such things and give a very objective view of what they find when they strip apart devices and we can tell you from the off that they were impressed with what they found for the Motorola Atrix 4G. This significant phone with its 1GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, 4-inch qHD display, 1GB of DDR2 RAM and 5-megapixel rear camera, received high praise for its repairability factor. As always with our teardown articles we don’t advise you try this for yourself, it’s just so that you can see what’s going on inside your device.

First off, although the carbon fiber finish is said to be sleek all is not what it seems as it’s actually made of plastic with a carbon fiber pattern. We then see the micro USB port and micro HDMI port before moving on to the back cover, which was easy to remove. It’s always a big plus when handsets have easily removeable and replaceable batteries so thumbs up for that. The battery is a 1930 mAH Li-ion, capable of 530 minutes of talk time on GSM or 540 minutes on WCDMA.

Delving further into the innards of the handset proved relatively simple and there’s a reminder from iFixit that although this is labeled a 4G phone at present the data transfer can only run on HSPA+. Onto the LED Flash unit and then the removal of the motherboard. Individual components on both the front and back of the board are then detailed before going on to the two complex ribbon cables and then getting a look at both cameras, earpiece speaker, microphone, power button assembly, proximity light sensor, ambient light sensor and yet more.

One of the most admired features, the capacitive fingerprint scanner for added security, is also noted. Moving on the LCD can be lifted from the front panel and more plus points are gained for Motorola by the fact that it’s not stuck down. All-in-all it’s an impressive teardown for an impressive device, scoring 9 out of 10 for repairability factor. That’s one of the highest, if not the highest, we’ve ever seen. You can see step-by-step photos and all the details of the teardown at the iFixit link above.

If all this has made you want to see more, head to the Motorola Atrix 4G product page here. Are you heading out to grab your Motorola Atrix 4G? Why not let us know what you think of the handset and the teardown and did anything surprise you? Let us know with your comments.