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Motorola Xoom Teardown: Inside The New Android Tablet

UBM TechInsights, a sister company to UBM Techweb, InformationWeek's parent company, took apart the newest Motorola tablet, the 10.1-inch Xoom, the first dual-core Android tablet and the first tablet to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Inside is Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor. In fact, many of the Xoom's components are similar to those of Motorola's newest smartphone, the Atrix 4G. That's not a surprise given that Apple and Samsung, for example, share design components across tablets and smartphones; an




Motorola's Xoom began shipping on Feb. 24. Verizon offered a 3G version without a contract ($799) and with a two-year contract ($599). It also promised to upgrade all devices to 4G LTE for free. It is the first tablet to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).

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(Special thanks to Allan Yogasingam and the UBM TechInsights team.)


The Xoom tablet has no physical buttons, which is becoming a trend among the new tablets coming out this year. The tablet has a 2-megapixel camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. It ships with 32 GB of storage.

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And ... we're in. We've removed the back cover before starting to dive into all of the tablet components. The back cover has a more rubberized grip; in fact, the device is plastic whereas the iPad is aluminum.

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This is a closer look at the back side of the Xoom, with the back cover taken off. You can see the main board lining the edges of the device.

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When we removed the back casing, it revealed the stereo speakers. These speakers face the rear of the device. Some early reviews have criticized the audio quality as a result -- the notion being that you'll usually be working with the tablet facing you, so rear-facing speakers send the sound the wrong way.

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Removing some of the larger components from the Xoom so we can get to the main board and see all the goodies.

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The main board contains all of the unit's processors -- the dual core Nvidia chip, of course, but also Bluetooth, communications, memory, and more.

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This is the Xoom's touch screen. The Xoom has a 10.1-inch display, a 1200 x 800 resolution, and weighs 1.6 pounds, a wee bit heavier than the iPad, with a bigger screen (the iPad's is 9.7 inches) and higher resolution (the iPad's is 1024 x 768).

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This is the Xoom's main board from the front.

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A backside view of the Xoom's main board. Now onto the components ...

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Here, we've labeled all of the front-side components -- the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, DDRM RAM, the W-Fi and Bluetooth chip from Broadcom, Compass from Aki Semiconductor, Toshiba memory, and Qualcomm's multi-mode communication chip.

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And there's more on the back side of the Xoom's main board: Toshiba storage and flash memory, Kionix Accelerometer, ST Micro's Gyro, and Qualcomm's PMU.

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