Motorola Droid Bionic Teardown: Exposure Shows All

We know that many of our readers were avidly awaiting the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon and since its launch yesterday we’ve already given you a review roundup and also news of a great price reduction for the Bionic from Amazon. Today we want to look at the Motorola Droid Bionic exposed, specifically a teardown showing all.

We always enjoy a good teardown at OSM and recent ones we’ve reported on include the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air and another smartphone creating waves at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S II. As always with our teardown reports we’ll warn you not to treat it as a reason to take your own device apart but it’s certainly interesting to see what somebody else has managed to get a look at. Today’s teardown of the Motorola Droid Bionic comes to us again, courtesy of the expert team at iFixit.

It’s been a long wait for the Droid Bionic and basic specs include a 1GHz dual-core processor, 16GB internal storage, 16GB external storage, 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel rear camera and 4G LTE connectivity for the Verizon network. After noting micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports on the left side, iFixit notes the headphone jack and power button on the top side of the Bionic and then goes on to start the teardown. The back cover was easily removed revealing the 16GB microSD card, 4G LTE SIM card and large Li-Ion 1735 mAh battery, which is also removable so replaceable.

Some clips, screws and a sticker are then removed to take off the rear case and following that the display ribbon cable connector is also removed before the motherboard can be lifted away from the display assembly showing the camera/ear speaker assembly and revealing that the VGA quality of the front-facing camera suggest it’s 0.3-megapixels. The rear facing camera easily comes out (component NCAABA 65161 0100698 2001 SH!) and just some of the big boys on the motherboard include the Elpida B8064B2PB-8D-F 1 GB DRAM and TI OMAP 4430 processor, SanDisk SDIN4C2-16G 16GB Flash memory and ST Ericsson CPCAP 006556001.

The reverse of the board sees the microphone, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. The display assembly is then looked at before a repairability score of 9/10 is awarded by iFixit. This is one of the highest repairability scores we remember seeing from the iFixit team, which is significant. As we advised before we caution people not to disassemble their devices but the Droid Bionic is at least one of the most accessible and many components can apparently be individually replaced. We’ve inserted some images from the teardown but it you want to see more head to the full teardown feature at the earlier iFixit link.

Are you a Droid Bionic enthusiast and have your hands on one already? Maybe you’re intrigued to see what’s inside your device? Perhaps you’re intending to make the Bionic your next smartphone? Why not let us know by letting us have your comments.

  • Edwards Staci77

    The Bionic is going to be my next phone! I’m getting it Monday.