Motorola Droid 3 Disassembly Shows Link to iPhone 4

July 19, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Motorola Droid 3 which came on Verizon has been under the scalpel. The guys at iFixit peeled the phone layer by layer to bring out the components.

The scrutiny has led to the discovery that the Droid bears a link to its Verizon rival, the iPhone 4. Both the devices use the same Qualcomm MDM6600.

But unlike the iPhone 4, the Droid makes complete use of this unit to roam in Europe and elsewhere with both GSM and HSPA 3G. It must have been a tad difficult to open up the compactly packed Droid.

The disassembly brought forth a1GHz, dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, a SanDisk built-in flash memory, and a SIM card slot for global use. The Droid features a 4-inch qHD 960 x 540 touchscreen and packs an 8 Megapixel rear shooter capable of 1080p full HD video capture.

The handset runs Android 2.3 and has the ability to function as a mobile hotspot but it doesn’t support the Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The phone is already in the US markets with a price tag of $200 on contract.

One significant result that was discovered after the disassembly was that the phone proved much harder to be put back as before. Since security screws are very few, many components are fixed together with adhesives.

So if you guys are planning to replay the actions of iFixit folks, let us warn you that it’s not an easy matter and you might end up with nothing more than the chassis.

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