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iFixit Tears Down the Moto X

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With the Moto X now publicly available to customers of AT&T, the iFixit crew was able to procure one and then crack it open with their array of tiny niche tools. Teardowns typically tend to make us a weep a little inside, but this time around we were more excited than depressed to see this phone torn open. Motorola claims to have done some engineering tricks to get all of the Moto X’s goodies packed into such a svelte body. This teardown should reveal all of those. 

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The iFixit team gave the Moto X a reparability score of 7 out of 10, which is good news for those of you who have decided to purchase one. Other than a little adhesive under the back cover and a digitizer that is fuzed to the display,  you shouldn’t have any issues cracking yours open should you need to replace a camera or battery (assuming you can find replacements).

On an interesting note, you can see big branding of the X8 Mobile Computing System front and center once the back plate has been removed. You can’t necessarily see the exact make-up of it all (at least I couldn’t), but it’s almost as if Motorola was expecting a teardown just so they could get those X8 MOBILE COMPUTING words branding in the back of your brain.

The rest is pretty standard teardown stuff, featuring the 2200mAh battery, flash storage, radios, the backside of the kevlar/woven design, and more. Give it a look. Even iFixit seems to be impressed by Motorola’s design.

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Via:  iFixit

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  • edmicman

    So what’s the story on replacing the battery? I get that it’s stuck in there, but is there any supported options for replacing the battery or are you SOL or tearing the thing apart? It may be fine at first, but I’ve never had a phone battery perform the same 2 years in….seems by about a year and a half it’s not lasting as long and I usually get another OEM one from ebay or something to breath new life into it. Or is that how things work now in the world of planned obsolescence?

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  • mgamerz

    I thought the battery was special shaped?

  • wolfedude88

    Why are they saying the battery is 2200? The Picture of the battery says 2120, I was thinking they would just round up to to 2200 but then why would the Droid Ultra say 2130?

  • M3D1T8R

    So the real question is, would it be possible to manually take out the storage ROM and replace it with 64GB instead of 16. :^]
    Yeah I didn’t think so. Why can’t they just offer a 64GB upgrade option for an extra $100 as well as just the $50 32GB option currently offered only with ATT.

  • yummy

    That is a pretty bit of design.
    Nice job mo mo goo goo

  • Knlegend1

    So can I replace the camera lol

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    I like this phone but it’s guts look like the $200 phone we all hoped for. Has an almost cheap thrown together look on the inside. IMO

  • Ej McCarty

    So I know this is off topic, but I can’t decide if I wanna get the moto x or the maxx. I went and played with the x in an AT&T store and it’s really nice, but I have the Zero Lemon extended battery on my S4 because I need a phone that will last me at least 18 hours off of a charger. So what do you guys think? Also I wanna know what Kellex thinks because he’s had time with the x. I’m not a huge fan of the capacitive button but I’m used to them now. I just wanna know which is the better phone of the two with some solid reasoning behind them. Another possibility was to just get the maxx and try it out until the x comes out and then exchange it if I don’t like it. I don’t mind the restocking fee.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      If battery is really your thing, go with the MAXX. Function before fashion. If that is a requirement for you and you don’t want to be sporting a portable charger, take the Maxx. I would consider differently if you could swapo batteries with this thing but considering that they both have internal batteries, I would suggest the MAXX.

      • Ej McCarty

        Thanks man. Yeah I have one of the portable chargers, but honestly I never use it because its really inconvenient especially if you are out somewhere.

  • FragDroidX

    It has an AMOLED LCD? WTF? I think maybe iFixit was not on their A game for this teardown.

    • Ryokokoro

      It has amoled… Thankfully, it isn’t pentile.

  • Tirionfive

    Honestly a bit shy to say this, but she’s cute 🙂


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  • Cody

    Bring on the 3rd the party back plates and accent pieces!

  • thedonxr

    If the Developer edition comes for Verizon i’ll be all over this…

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      i think the dev edition looks sweet and all but besides 32gb the custom paint and print, what do you THINK it’ll have?

      • thedonxr

        An unlocked bootloader…. That is all I need 🙂

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          All of sudden the wood isnt so appealing.

        • MikeSaver

          I thought to root you have to unlock the bootloader yourself anyway.

          • thedonxr

            My apologies unlockable bootloader 🙂

  • Teddy Chen

    I’m loving my new Droid Maxx; it’s a great upgrade from the Note 2. More powerful and I’m surprise the battery life is 2 times better. Overall, Motorola quality is great; I expect the same build quality from the Moto X.
    Also, I managed a full day on my Maxx, moderate to heavy usage, with 60% battery left from 9am to 2pm, I expect the Moto X should manage 1 day.

    • EraserXIV

      9am to 2pm is a full day? I got into the wrong line of work…

      • cantcurecancer

        Are you autistic or something? Read BEFORE you reply.

        • EraserXIV

          No, but I have patients that are. I admit it’s a poorly written sentence, I apologize if I offended you by interpreting it wrong. Maybe you can be constructive and let me know what you think he meant instead of being derogatory.

          • unforeseenSHART

            He used 40% of his battery with 5 hours of use.

          • EraserXIV

            So at 2pm he had 60% left and was only able to just make it through the next 8 hours? That doesn’t seem like very good battery life. Just threw me off because I had been hearing the Maxx should last nearly a day and a half.

          • cantcurecancer

            His assertion was that it should last a full day, don’t move the goalposts from “what you heard.” If he’s using the Maxx heavily from 9:00 to 2:00, it isn’t unreasonable to expect it to last a full day if he continues to use it heavily.

            If you’re a light user, then it’s not unreasonable to expect more than a day of battery life.

          • Ryokokoro

            He added a reply correcting his post. He meant 2 a.m. which is pretty good.

        • Asydbern

          what does being autistic have to do with anything!?!?! Grow up and get a life!

      • Teddy Chen

        I’m sorry for the confusion, that was my bad. I meant til 2am.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I went to touch it again, it’s not much bigger than the iphone 5. it’s swift. It could be that new phone feeling, or not. screen is vibrant. and it looks like my next phone. the dev edition looks sweet but iuonno.

  • EC8CH

    Inductive charging coil?

    WTF, I thought the x didn’t have inductive charging?

    • Tirionfive

      I think they are confusing that with NFC. I could be wrong though.

      • EC8CH

        Could be…. You’d think a site like ifixit would know the difference

      • thedonxr

        It definitely looks like an inductive charging coil though….

        • Tirionfive

          They updated the site, confirming that it is NFC.

      • EC8CH

        Looks too big to be an NFC antenna

        • Tirionfive

          Well if you look at the back of the phone where that blue pad is, it doesn’t seem to have an NFC circuit there. nor any contacts that would allow it to connect to the chip.

          OTOH, The Nexus 7 NFC coil (2012 edition) is about that size.

    • thedonxr

      Kellen this doesn’t charge on your wireless charger does it?

  • JZ

    Hopefully a 3rd party sells replacement backs in various colors, in case you want to change your phone’s look from time to time.

    • michael arazan

      They could make bank on all the sprint, t-mobile, and Verizon customers who have to wait for the moto maker and decide to get the black white standard. I don’t think I’ll wait till November for the moto maker and am going to pass on this phone because of it not being an option

  • Milind Shah

    hmm, this should be enough for people to know that the Moto X is a good phone quality wise and worth the price, if reviews of various websites and youtubers wasn’t enough.

    • Reginald Jefferson

      It’s still mid-ranged because it’s not quad cored! /s

      • Milind Shah

        mate, check mkbhd’s video, he’ll tell you

        • sindeslroyer

          Somebody missed the sarcasm tag ;P

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            lol new to the world of the droid-life comment section, or infact any comment section, don’t be too harsh on me 😛

          • sindeslroyer

            No worries man 🙂 Welcome to the site

          • Milind Shah

            not really new to the site, but new to commenting, anyways thanks!