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What does $12.5 billion dollars buy you nowadays? In Google's case, it buys Motorola, Inc. and all of its designs and patents. Is it what we would have spent the money on? Probably not, but the result of the acquisition is Motorola's first smartphone, designed and assembled in the United States—the Moto X.

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The love child of Motorola and Google is here, and we are dying to crack open the little Motoroogle.
Technical Specifications:
Dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
2 GB RAM
4.7-inch 1280x720 pixels AMOLED display
16 or 32 GB internal storage
Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU
10 MP rear-facing camera


The top of the Moto X houses the centered headphone jack. We haven't seen this placement on too many recent smart phones.
Does it make more sense than a headphone jack on the bottom of a phone? Only time will tell…(but yes, it probably makes more sense).
Since we tend to have a lot of devices laying around, we might as well do some comparisons! The Moto X is certainly not small, but it is a bit smaller than the S4, and we are fans of the contoured back.
This is the first and only smartphone that's "Designed & Assembled in the USA," to our knowledge.

Our Moto X has a small defect next to the SIM card tray. Hmmmm...
Hopefully this sort of flaw will be limited to the first run phones, and my custom teal model will be made with a little more care.
Using the fancy SIM eject tool provided by Motoroogle, we remove the SIM card tray from the side of the device.
We're interested to see the internal layout of this device, with so many components lined up along the center.


Snap snap SNAP!
The melodious sound of easy teardown access fills our ears as we release clips holding the rear panel in place.
What is this? Google! Motorola! How could you do this to us?
To our dismay, the unexpectedly flexible rear panel, though clipped to the device, is also adhered. Time to bring in some reinforcements.

Designed to penetrate the impenetrable, to de-here the adhered, to unfasten the hard-fastened, the iOpener has yet to meet gobs of adhesive it couldn't handle.
OEMs please take note, this is not a challenge…
Whilst removing the rear panel, we get our first glimpse at the NFC antenna.


Even after defeating Big Blue, the rear panel still does not yield.
We release the ZIF connector of a big ol' rear-case-mounted flash assembly, and after 6 full steps, we are finally into the device.
Our guess is that the adhesive pad was added to make the phone feel more solid than one purely secured with clips. The pad also keeps the flash firmly in place, and may act as as padding to protect internal components.
Our "Woven Black" case has a nice weave. While it's probably not actual kevlar fibers, the molding makes for a nice view — you can see right through it!


The pattern of these NFC coils triggers some powerful nostalgia.
The good ol' days of slot car bliss. Back when toy cars were as easy to drive as Autopia racers. Hold down a button. Watch them race around for hours and hours. Ahh…
Snap back to reality, there go the volume and sleep buttons, all on one handy cable.


"We'll just wrestle this battery off here…Or not."
Time to chase down the end of the NFC antenna ribbon cable.
We interrogate the antenna assembly about the whereabouts of the cable's end. Nothing like a 54 Bit Driver Kit to encourage stubborn hardware.
Eureka! Adios, battery!


Motorola claims the Moto X battery can power through an amazing 24 hours of "mixed usage."
How does the Moto X accomplish such a feat with a 3.8 volt, 2200 mAh Lithium ion battery? The secret is in the X8 Mobile Computing System.
The Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System is comprised of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro family processor, a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor.
Motorola developed a custom system architecture, which, when coupled with eight processor cores, allows for the delegation of processing power:
4 graphics processor cores for "stunning clarity"
2 application processor cores for "swift action"
2 low-power cores—"awaiting your next command"

Out comes the upper midframe panel, housing the speaker, headphone jack, more antennas, and pressure contacts.
Yay, pressure contacts! We like spring pressure contacts because they don't require any work to disconnect.
This is possibly the most modular headphone jack we've ever seen. It pops right out of the upper midframe panel, spring contacts and all.

A spudger helps us unclip a small microphone board from the earpiece speaker.
The microphone assembly clings (like a baby sloth) to the earpiece speaker to maintain a solid connection with the spring contacts below.
Naturally, we love design innovation. We can tell that a considerable amount of effort went in to the internal design of this device; the number of clips and contacts we've found so far is a great testament to that.


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