Motorola’s latest venture—the Moto X—hit the U.S. market recently, and the teardown expert folks at iFixit have wasted no time in taking it apart and revealing what lies under its hood. As we know, the Moto X is made in the U.S., and that’s what makes this teardown more interesting.


The main component of Moto X is the X8 mobile computing system which is comprised of a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro family processor, a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor. Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI) has worked with Qualcomm to customize it as per some unique requirements – the contextual part handles the gestures and the natural language processor is what powers the always-on voice recognition technology on the smartphone. Yes, that’s some pretty good technology lying under the hood.

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On the battery, iFixit gives us a clear view of the 3.8 volt, 2200 mAh Lithium ion battery. As per Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI), this battery can power the Moto X up to 24 hours with mixed usage, and perhaps the company succeeds in doing so with the help of the X8 Mobile Computing System.


Some other notable components found inside are the Toshiba 16 GB eMMC NAND Flash, Hynix 2GB RAM, NFC Chip, and the 10 megapixel rear-facing camera. Just for comparison’s sake, this 10 megapixel camera shows 25% more pixels than the camera in the iPhone 5.

As for the most important part of this teardown—the repairablity part—you would definitely like to know how to open the rear panel, was it easy or hard? Opening the rear panel is hard for sure, and iFixit says, “To our dismay, the unexpectedly flexible rear panel, though clipped to the device, is also adhered.” So in short, removing the back panel is better left to the experts.

Motorola Moto X gets a good 7 out of 10 repairablity score

The Motorola Moto X gets a good 7 out of 10 (10 being the easiest to repair) repairablity score. This score isn’t bad at all, since the HTC One got 1 out of 10.  So it appears that Motorola has done a good job in making the device as highly repairable as possible.