Motorola Xoom gets teardown treatment

Motorola's iPad-bashing Xoom tablet has been ripped apart by the folks at iFixit.

The Android-powered tablet, which is hotly tipped to give Apple's offering a run for its money, gave the serial vandals at the excellent gadget-repair web site little trouble when it came to getting at its innards requiring nothing more complex than a couple of Torx screwdrivers, and a bit of judicious spudging, to fillet.

In fact, iFixit reckons Motorola has deliberately made the Xoom easy to disassemble to make the replacement of internal components a simple task for repair engineers or upgraders. Even the two cameras and speakers are attached to the motherboard using separate cables meaning they can be easily replace should they fail.

The Xoom's internal gubbins include a Broadcom BCM4329 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and FM Tuner; a Broadcom BCM4750 Single-Chip AGPS; a Hynix H8BCSOQG0MMR 2-chip memory MCP; an AKM 8975 Electronic Compass and a Qualcomm MDM6600 supporting HSPA+ speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps.

The tablet's computing and graphics grunt are driven by an Nvidia Tegra T2 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and ultra-low power GeForce GPU.

Because of the use of common Torx screws (although the count is pretty high at 57), the lack of snappable plastic lugs, and the fact that the LCD hasn't been glued permanently to the touch-screen digitiser as in recent iPhones, iFixit has given the Xoom a fixability rating of 8 out of ten.