Moto X iFixit teardown reveals X8 chipset and finely tuned device


The Moto X has just been released on AT&T for $199.99 on contract and in traditional iFixit fashion the group has teared down the smartphone to the internals, checking out what makes this device tick.

For the most part, iFixit had a hard time getting into the Moto X and an even harder time finding anything out about the device. It is tightly packed and Motorola had tried their best to make sure no prying eyes find out about their X8 computing system.

For those that don’t know, the X8 chipset includes a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, quad-core GPU on par with the Galaxy S4 and two additional cores for contextual computing and natural language processing.

This is cemented into the Moto X internals with a ton of glue, but iFixit was able to get every part out. One thing to note is all the system is enclosed, the processor, RAM and other chips are normally open, but Motorola has stuck the X8 MobileComputing System label on top.

Motorola has added a 2200mAh battery on the Moto X, but due to the Snapdragon S4 Pro and 720p AMOLED display, the Moto X can still output about 24 hours of life before needing a charge.

The Moto X is a very thin and rounded device, despite the internals being a little lacky for big Android power users, it is definitely a step up from the big meaty smartphones we have seen from Motorola is past years, looking like it had a little Google finishing touches.

Obviously for many the main part of the Moto X will be the software, with the OS being almost stock Android. The Motorola applications and programs, Touchless Control, Active Display, Quick Capture and Moto Assist, have all be loved by reviewers and early testers.