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iFixit DROID 4 Teardown Reveals HSPA+ Radio, Motorola Conveniently Removes it From MotoDev Site

The iFixit team performed their standard teardown of the DROID 4 today, revealing the guts of Verizon’s latest 4G LTE phone. You will find an 8MP camera, the 4″ display, and a non-removable battery – again, the usual. But one thing that stood out was the Qualcomm MDM6600 radio which supports HSPA+. Confused? As you know, the DROID 4 is a CDMA/LTE device that runs on Verizon’s network only. Now, we were told at CES that this phone would eventually be given global capabilities, but we found it odd that Motorola removed any mention of a GSM/HSPA radio on their MotoDev site last week. That’s not say that this info won’t be added back later when Big Red gives it the thumbs up to cruise the globe. Again, just thought it was odd.

Don’t forget to check out our hands-on with the DROID 4.

Via:  iFixit

Cheers Tony!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.gautraud Joel Gautraud

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  • CCat

    I love how some people do absolutely NO research before making a post and give out misinformation. I did my research, and this is what I cam across: 

    Both the DROID 4 and LG Spectrum that were announced this week at CES have global radios inside, but because of a network issue, they are not active. To this point, none of Verizon’s LTE phones have active global roaming, however, that is about to change according to VZW spokesperson Brenda Raney: ”The LTE phones work globally in over 40 countries that currently use CDMA technology…. For the new LTE phones to provide global roaming voice and data in non-CDMA countries, we are working on a few network enhancements so we can provide customers with the best voice and data roaming experience. We anticipate this capability to be available this year, likely the first half of the year.”Apparently, the Droid 4 is ALREADY a “world phone.” It’s just that Verizon has yet to enable global roaming capabilities. Does anyone have evidence claiming otherwise? Please share…

  • Anonymous

    so i dont get it.. how is the battery any slimmer by being glueing a normal battery down again?

  • Anonymous

    Anybody feel like we’ll be hearing about the Droid 4 Global Edition soon? This way, Verizon can sell ANOTHER Motorola phone variant without changing any hardware (or maybe they’ll beef up the battery, call it the Droid 4 Global Maxx).

    • Seannyboy39

       You took the words right out of my mouth.

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  • http://twitter.com/MJFX182 Martin Jofre

    That’s because they’ll sell this phone globally as the Motorola Milestone 4, just like they did with all the previous Droids/Milestones and the RARZ… that doesn’t mean they’ll  enable that feature (global capabilities) on verizon’s version. They enable CDMA / LTE on the US version and Disable the GSM capabilities and do the oposite for the Global Milestone versions.
    They’re just saving money in not developing 2 different phones / production lines… when the Droid 4 stock is not sold anymore in the US, they just refurbish them with new SW and send them to SouthAmerica / Rest of the World.

     

    • Butters619

      I’m just hoping the milestone will have a better screen :)  (<—-AT&T user)

      • http://twitter.com/MJFX182 Martin Jofre

         I don’t want to be discouraging, but I really doubt it will happen, only the chinese versions of the Motorola phones come out with different (bumped) specs (Say RAZR versions MT917 & XT928).
        I see it this way… companies know that they can create the best phone ever… adding more RAM, HD screen, awesome keyboard, huge battery, Quad Core processor… but if you buy that phone… how long would you have to wait to replace it, you can live 3 years with a phone like that nowadays… So they just put a lot of great features and leave behind a couple of them, so when the new Droid 5 with HD screen comes out in 6 to 12 months, you’ll want to change it…
        Douchebag Cell Phone Vendors… :p

        • Butters619

          I would buy the XT928 if it wasn’t so damn expensive.

        • Anonymous

          Not sure why they wouldn’t, it worked out just fine for Apple and the iPhone. Then Moto can do what they do best by offering incremental improvements every year instead of every couple months

  • Wmsco51

    Ipod touch 3gen. was like that, it had bt. When it got taken apart it was discovered then Apple charged everyone to activate it with the update#@$%#@$@#%

  • John

    There’s still not a current phone (or even an upcoming phone) that I’m interested in after getting my Galaxy Nexus ;)

    • Bobby Hill

      Cool, blog about it.

      • John

        Why would I? That’s all there is to say. If you need more explanation that that, well…I’m sorry.

        • Josh Groff

          With quad core on the horizon, I feel sorry for you.

          • John

            Aw…you’re jealous. Cute

          • Josh Groff

            No, just sold my Sensation 4G, Soon as the Endeavor comes out, I’m paying retail (or hopping to whichever carrier if there isn’t an unlocked version at time of release.)

          • Anonymous

            Couldn’t he just do that with his GNex?

          • Josh Groff

            Yes, but he said nothing looked good. Pretty sure quad core+ICS is good, or I’m just really high, which I doubt.

          • Anonymous

            I could understand why he doesn’t find interest in it. Sense 4.0 and the company that notorious for bad battery life is introducing 2 more cores of computing power. One of them is probably dedicated to running Sense.

            Top that off with HTC’s hideous styling and I could see it. Just like the Rezound, this phone will have to prove to be well above it’s worth before it’s considered a good deal.

    • http://twitter.com/SmokeNMirrors SmokeNMirrors

      A news story about sh*t smelling like roses would get comments about how awesome the GNex is.  I’m so happy for you!

      • Josh Groff

        I know, right.

        • noyfb

          What’s wrong, haven’t seen the Gnex pre-installed app that turns sh%t into gold

          • Josh Groff

            No, but I’m pretty sure I can port it to my G2X. If not, no big deal.

        • noyfb

          What’s wrong, haven’t seen the Gnex pre-installed app that turns sh%t into gold

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure why they like to hide the global capability of these phones.  HTC/Verizon still maintain that the Rezound is NOT a global device despite people unlocking it and using it on GSM carriers.

    • Anonymous

      Verizon pushed out an update to the Motorola Xyboards last week that turned on their global roaming capabilities, which makes the Xyboards the first “official” LTE devices on Verizon that can also work on GSM carriers. Therefore, I’m hoping that Verizon will update the Droid 4 with world roaming sooner than later. (The last three VZW phones I’ve owned have been “world phones” with unlocked SIMs — allowing me to put in local SIMs when I’m traveling outside the country.)

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  • Anonymous

    Maybe Verizon is going to refarm some spectrum for an HSPA+ fallback network…. I can dream, right?

    • Anonymous

      from what i can see, hspa and hsupa are somewhat common over seas. That probably explains why the g-nex has hspa and hsupa as well as standard gsm

      • Anonymous

        That’s correct… it’s an evolution of W-CDMA/UMTS and is the technology chosen by the GSM Association to replace GSM – it’s 3G. But what it also is, is leaps and bounds better than 1xEVDO… and has better battery life, and better handoffs than eHRPD to the current technology chosen by the GSM Association to replace 3G — LTE.

        So yes… I have hopes and dreams that maybe Verizon will entertain refarming some spectrum for HSPA+ 42 at a bare minimum. It would also assist their deteriorating voice quality. Reason being – as 2011 taught us, sometimes networks fail and an adequate fallback network would be beneficial.

  • drinksprite

    someone’s gotta frankenstein a razr maxx battery on that thing!

  • Michael Forte

    Suprised Apple hasn’t sued iFixIt yet…

    • Blahblah

      u surprised bro?

  • GS

    I swear I have read umpteen D4 reviews and pre-release info and this is the first time I heard the battery wasn’t removable.  How come no one made a bigger deal over that?

    • http://www.releasedates.co www.releasedates.co

      People made a pretty big deal about that , lol. Somehow, you missed it, but web-tech-geeks never miss that. It’s possible that people are starting to get used to that being a possible in a high-end phone, so maybe people weren’t as loud about it as usual.

    • Anonymous

      Anything is removable with enough force… :)

      • noyfb

        “Give me a lever long enough, and a fulcrum strong enough, and single-handed I can move the world.” – Archimedes

    • Anonymous

      because as big of a deal as was made…thats all the bigger the deal is…

    • Anonymous

      i find that to happen often. blog sites get so hyped listing the specs of the devices they hardly, rarely, ever remember to mention some major dealbreaker elements for the enduser. I only found out because I read the comments now and then when i have time.

    • James

       You must have not read any of them and just went straight to comment.