Tearing down the Motorola Xoom
We like teardowns on Gadget Master – see the MacBook Air, Sony VAIO Z Series laptop or a NiMH battery charger – and here is one for Motorola’s latest, Android 3.0-based tablet, courtesy of iFixIt.
As a reminder, the website summarises the technical features of Motorola’s answer to the iPad:
- 1 GHz Cortex-A9 Dual-Core Processor
- 5.0 MP rear-facing camera with HD video recording and a 2.0 MP front-facing web cam
- Up to 32 GB of on-board storage.
- 10.1″, WXGA 720p (1280 x 800) display.
- 3G connectivity, with optional upgrade to 4G LTE
Gartner is also providing a full technical teardown of the Xoom, but this would cost you $2,495.
According to Gartner, these are the key Findings:
- Gartner estimates a total material cost of $330, which accounts for 41.3% of the Xoom MZ600’s (third generation [3G] code division multiple access [CDMA] version) selling price of $799. The semiconductor parts in the Xoom total $163.20, which equates to 20.4% of the selling price.
- The Xoom’s printed circuit board (PCB) has 3G and Wi-Fi functions, but does not use a modular design. It also includes most connectors, removing the need for flexible printed circuits (FPCs). However, this means the Xoom’s (PCB) cost is almost half of the total material cost.
- The Xoom has four sensors, including a barometer, which is the first ever in a media tablet.
- The Xoom includes a dummy Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) mini card, antenna and cabling for a later upgrade to Long-Term Evolution (LTE) communication.
- Motorola has focused on the computing/graphic performance and a design that allows better reliability and serviceability, rather than using smaller parts and component placement to create a thinner device.