Motorola XOOM (Verizon) Teardown

Motorola XOOM (Verizon) Teardown

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open the Motorola XOOM, which runs on the Nvidia Tegra T2 dual-core CPU and has chips from Samsung, Toshiba, Broadcom, and more.

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  • For the past year, the Apple iPad has been the king of the tablet/slate PC market. Motorola is seeking to unseat the iPad with the XOOM, a 10.1-inch tablet with impressive hardware from tech heavyweights like Nvidia, Toshiba, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Broadcom, Qualcomm, Hynix, and more. Follow along as he crack open the Motorola XOOM in this TR Dojo Teardown gallery.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

  • As of this writing, the Motorola XOOM is available in the U.S. for $599 (with a 2-yr contract from Verizon) or $799 (with no contract). It runs Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system. The first XOOMs are 3G models, but Verizon plans to offer an LTE 4G upgrade. Once we begin dissecting the device, you'll see how.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

Topics: Verizon, Hardware, Mobility, Processors

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  • RE: Motorola XOOM (Verizon) Teardown

    At least the battery is easier to replace than the iPad battery. If I can get a battery. That takes care of one issue I have.
    jtarheel
  • RE: Motorola XOOM (Verizon) Teardown

    Great presentation !!! I just hope I never HAVE to teardown a 600+ dollar item such as this. But it was very informative and very well documented.
    marinechief@...
    • RE: Motorola XOOM (Verizon) Teardown

      @marinechief@...
      Lol it's not such a huge deal as its really made user friendly. i do repairs and refurbs and I rip down ipods and ipads daily as they are very poorly made and tend to break really easy and I know people for some reason pay that much for the ipads and new iphones. they definately aren't worth that but the xoom would be a pleasure to do work on it's designed very friendly.
      Fletchguy
  • RE: Motorola XOOM teardown

    I thought the presentation was very good. I assume that since I didn't see one here and haven't heard it discussed that the XOOM lacks a microphone. I know there is more data than voice over the cell phone networks today, but since this being sold by Verizon I would think a mike would be included.
    akeller728
    • There Is A Microphone, But . . .

      @akeller728 There IS a microphone. If you look at picture 15, showing the bottom edge, look to the right of the main panel of ports for the tiny little hole. That's it.

      Now, aside from being in a lousy position, my understanding is that the pick-up is really weak, so don't expect much out of it. If you're doing a lot of VoIP with this, it sounds like you'll want to pick up either a wired headset with a built-in mic to plug into the 3.5mm audio jack, or a Bluetooth headset.
      Whyaylooh
  • LOOKING GOOD... But

    Still not up to the challenge against today's Tablet PCs.
    MrElectrifyer
    • RE: Motorola XOOM (Verizon) Teardown

      @MrElectrifyer You mean all those tablet PC's we've been tripping over for 10 years? Quite the challenge indeed!
      I12BPhil