The Motorola Droid Bionic is the first dual-core smartphone operating on Verizon's 4G LTE network. Join us as we take a peek inside this behemoth of a phone.

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  1. After nearly 8 months since its revealing at CES 2011, the Droid Bionic is finally here! And it's packing some serious hardware:
    • After nearly 8 months since its revealing at CES 2011, the Droid Bionic is finally here! And it's packing some serious hardware:

      • 1 GHz Texas Instruments Dual-Core Processor

      • 32 GB storage capacity (16 GB internal, 16 GB external)

      • 1 GB RAM

      • 4.3" qHD Display with Corning Gorilla Glass

      • 8 MP (1080p HD) Rear-Facing Camera

      • Verizon 4G LTE Network Capability

  2. The Bionic features two ports on its left side:
    • The Bionic features two ports on its left side:

      • micro-USB

      • micro-HDMI

    • Verizon advertises the Bionic as the slimmest 4G LTE phone at 0.43 inches thick.

      • We find that the little hump towards the top of the device actually adds to the advertised 0.43" thickness (or thin-ness), making the phone 0.52" at its fattest point.

    • In comparison to the Motorola Droid, the Bionic is definitely thinner and lighter (158 to 169 grams), but also longer and wider.

    • The top side of the Bionic is adorned by the headphone jack and the power button.

    • The Droid Bionic turns around to give us a peek at its logo-filled back side, including the long-awaited 4G LTE logo.

    • Our eager hands cannot wait to get inside this behemoth bionic-being as we remove the back cover with relative ease. An opening tool comes in handy here, but you can also use your fingers.

    • Our first look inside the Bionic gives us a view of the 16 GB microSD card, the 4G LTE SIM card, and the Li-Ion 1735 mAh battery.

    • To our pleasure as DIY-ers, the battery is easily removable and therefore replaceable.

    • The Bionic's battery boasts nearly 11 hours of continuous talk time and over 240 hours of standby time.

      • 240 hours on standby happens to be the perfect amount of time for respectfully silencing your cellphone and refraining from texting or talking during the showing of Modern Times Forever.

    • Next, we enjoy the pleasure of removing the 16 GB microSD card generously included with the purchase of a Motorola Droid Bionic.

      • CAUTION: Keep this card away from small children and hungry adults. It's easily swallowed, but contains nothing of value to our digestive systems.

    • The Bionic comes with 16 GB internal flash memory and a 16 GB microSD card (with the option to swap in a 32 GB microSD) for a grand total of 32 GB of included storage, or 48 GB expanded storage.

    • We've found the elusive 4G LTE SIM card! Hidden beneath the microSD card, the 4G LTE SIM card sits... and waits.

    • The Verizon LTE network sure is impressive, but high costs of tiered data plans have left many folks wondering if the price of the service is worth the hype.

    • A sticker, some clips, and a few—ahem, ELEVEN—screws around the perimeter of the Bionic are all that prevent us from peeking inside.

    • We remove the rear case and are instantly greeted by a forest of EMI shields.

    • We remove the loudspeaker from the otherwise unexciting rear case, a speaker ideal for proclaiming the characteristic Drooooooiiiiid upon powering on the phone.

    • The 4G LTE SIM card board is held on by a few screws.

    • Another board bites the dust...good riddance LTE SIM card board...

    • The display ribbon cable connector is in the way. Let's find a way to remove it.

    • We continue our quest of ridding the Bionic of its connectors with the help of our trusty spudger.

    • With stickers unstuck, screws unscrewed, and connectors disconnected, we lift the motherboard away from the display assembly.

    • First thing off the motherboard: the front-facing camera/ear speaker assembly.

      • We're relieved to see that Motorola isn't using the same long ribbon cables found in some of their other devices.

    • Although Motorola/Verizon never divulged the exact megapixel count of the front-facing camera, its "VGA" quality suggests it to be 0.3MP.

    • The rear-facing camera simply pops out. Inscription on the component is this wonderful gem: "NCAABA 65161 0100698 2001 SH."

    • The Bionic sports an 8 MP camera capable of capturing video at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) along with a dual-LED flash.

    • The camera measures in at 7.1 mm x 9.3 mm (length x width) and weighs an astonishing 1.2 grams!

    • Much like the Droid X and Droid X2, the large camera seems to be the main reason behind the "hump" at the top of the phone.

    • After some slash-and-burn on the EMI shield forest, we found the big players on the motherboard:

      • Elpida B8064B2PB-8D-F 1 GB DRAM and TI OMAP 4430 processor

      • SanDisk SDIN4C2-16G 16GB Flash memory

      • ST Ericsson CPCAP 006556001

      • The Qualcomm PM8028 power management chip works in conjunction with the Qualcomm MDM6600 to provide CDMA connectivity.

      • Hynix H8KCS0SJ0AER and Hynix H8BCS0QG0MMR memory MCP containing Hynix DRAM and STM flash

      • ATMEL MXT224E-CCU Touchscreen Controller

      • Motorola T6VP0XBG-0001, believed to be the (LCM 2.0) LTE baseband processor.

    • There's tons of chips on the front of the board. Other chips of interest include:

      • Texas Instruments WL1271 chip that supports WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1, FM and GPS technologies (thanks Chipworks!)

      • Kionix KXTF9 accelerometer

      • ST Micro AGD8 2040 S6NBF gyroscope

      • Avago ACPM-7868 quad-band power amplifier

    • What's this? Did we use Content Aware to remove all of the chips from the back of the motherboard? The answer is no; there just isn't much going on with the backside of the board.

      • We find a microphone (red), proximity sensor (orange), ambient light sensor (yellow) on the back.

    • It is possible that Motorola placed all of the chips on one side of the board to keep the thickness of the device to a minimum.

    • Hello there, display assembly. It's time for your monthly checkup.

    • A little turn, a push, and a pop and the LCD is free.

    • The Gorilla Glass front panel houses the capacitive touch Android function buttons and the status LED.

    • The Bionic features a 4.3-inch 960x540 pixel qHD LCD, the same size found in the Droid X2.

    • The qHD display originally appeared in the Motorola Atrix earlier this year, and we've seen one in every Motorola Android phone since.

    • Motorola Droid Bionic Repairability Score: 9 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

      • No tools are necessary for changing the SIM and microSD cards.

      • The battery can be removed in seconds.

      • The phone is held together with a limited number of screws and plastic clips. Adhesive is minimally used in its construction.

      • Many components can be replaced individually, and are not located on large, delicate ribbon cables.

      • The LCD is separable from the glass front panel, making them independently replaceable.

      • You must disassemble the entire phone to replace the LCD or front panel.

      • Replacing the rear-facing camera requires removing one of the motherboard's EMI shields.

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I thought everyone was saying the Bionic had no gyroscope?

Chris - Yanıt

I have now spent nearly one year with the Droid Bionic. It has now been replaced 2 times, due to poor functionality.

I have a replacement coming from Verizon but opted to call Motorola to see about getting a different model. I was told that I could not get a different model from the Bionic. The representative acknowledged that the Bionic has had many problems with functionality but still would not offer a different model, only offering to repair the one I have. I have a new replacement coming!

I offered to take an older model, just not a Bionic. The answer was no.

I will now be posting on EVERY website I can find that Motorola does not stand behind their poor models and does not offer customers service.

All I asked for was for the company to stand behind it's product and make amends when it is inferior...even if that meant I got an older model. I paid $250, with a contract, for my phone and it is poorer quality than my work flip phone.

Next time, I will return to the Iphone.

Matt - Yanıt

Love my bionic, but hate the fact they are delaying the updates... I really hope I will get a JB update on my Bionic cos I'm using Holo Locker and Launcher and really likeing the Jelly Bean look...

Thomas - Yanıt

Thanks for the teardown, it helped me successfully replace my screen. I did an edit of the section of the teardown noting you have to remove the big sticker under the battery, but it didn't seem to update.

Michael Brown - Yanıt

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