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Motorola XOOM teardown reveals EVDO/HSPA+ World Modem

Motorola's XOOM tablet has suffered the screwless indignities of the teardown, with iFixit taking the 10.1-inch Honeycomb slate apart for the unblinking gaze of the camera. The freshly rooted tablet is unsurprisingly straightforward to open - considering that's something Motorola will be doing a lot of, while replacing the 3G modem with a 4G version later in the year - and reveals what iFixit describes as a blank "mini-PCI interconnect board" which seems to be a placeholder for the 4G modem. Interestingly, the XOOM uses the same Qualcomm MDM6600 3G radio as Verizon's iPhone 4, which as you may remember is potentially world-phone capable (the radio, that is, not the iPhone 4). That could imply that the HSPA+ capable chipset won't be changed out for the GSM versions of the XOOM, merely have its GSM capabilities unlocked through software/firmware. In the end, iFixit have glowing things to say about the XOOM's repairability, though they do warn that there are a lot of screws to get past in order to access all of the different components. For more on the performance of the XOOM, rather than the hardware inside, check out the Android Community XOOM and Honeycomb Review.

Notion Ink Adam torn down by FCC

Like a bunch of you, we were excited at the prospect of the Adam tablet from Notion Ink. The thing looks really cool and has nice features. We were bummed that it kept getting delayed along the way to market though. Those delays finally disappeared not too long ago and the tablet landed in the hands of buyers all over the place.

Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone gets pre-launch teardown

Sony Ericsson still won't admit that the PlayStation Phone is real, so we're guessing the handset that has just been torn down in China is a mirage. TGBus didn't stop at snapping the XPERIA Play with some of its predecessors; they also whipped out the screwdrivers and opened the handset up. No great surprises inside, with a Qualcomm MSM7x30 chipset and Broadcom wireless. We're expecting Sony Ericsson to (sheepishly) make this gaming smartphone official at MWC 2011 next month. [via Engadget]

Dell Streak 7 torn down on video

The Dell Streak 7 is an interesting sounding little tablet computer that was shown off at CES. The machine has a 7-inch screen and runs Android 2.2. The choice of the older OS was a big question in many minds when the other new tablets at the show were landing with Android 3.0.

NOOKcolor Receives Full Teardown

The fine folks over at ZDnet have decided to tear down completely the NOOKcolor, a device which we've had quite a bit of experience with (see full list of review and hands-on posts with NOOKcolor at the bottom of this post) They begin by noting the fun aspects of the box - ie the magnets, and get into the fun stuff when they begin by unscrewing the first two Torx T5 screws from underneath the microSD slot cover.

Google TV teardown: Logitech Revue shares its secrets

Logitech's Android-based Revue Google TV box has come in for the teardown treatment from iFixit.  The set-top box is based around a single Gigabyte mainboard, running Intel's Atom CE4150 1.2GHz processor, and is among the first wave of Google TV devices to reach the market. iFixit praise the set-top box for its straightforward construction - plenty of Phillips-head screws and standardized connectors - and there's plenty of connectivity, too.  More info on the Revue here. [via SlashGear]

Dell Streak Ripped Apart by iFixIt

There's a few folks out there that, when they get a shiny new toy, immediately want to take it apart and find out all the cool little intricacies of the device. Find out how it ticks, more or less. And, most of them work for iFixIt. The group that's become notorious for ripping apart shiny new gadgets, and detailing what exactly makes them so noteworthy, has done it again. And this time, the Dell Streak made it under their fingers.

Droid X Disassembly – Video

Guess what, there are real parts in the Droid X. Sorry to disappoint you if you thought it was powered by magic. Around here, we love seeing a good teardown, mainly because we can watch the dissection without potentially harming our own devices. This teardown was performed by the good folks over at Droidx.net and they were even nice enough to include instructions and a video.

HTC EVO 4G Teardown

Maybe I’m a bit odd but I love seeing a good teardown of popular handsets. Especially when it’s caught on video and at the end it gets reassembled and it still boots up. Hate to be a biz kill but there’s no video for this one, it’s just a good ole teardown of the HTC EVO 4G.
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