Droid 3 Front

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Droid 3 Front

The Droid 3 arrives nearly two years after the launch of the original Droid. It boasts Android 2.3 (code-named Gingerbread) and a dual-core 1GHz processor, along with a physical QWERTY keyboard.

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Droid 3 Rear

The Droid 3 also includes an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture.

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In this side-by-side comparison, you can see the Droid 3 is only slightly smaller than the original Droid.

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Here is the user-replaceable battery sitting beneath the Droid 3s rear cover. The battery itself is rated at 3.7 V and 1540 mAh, apparently good for nine hours of continuous talk time.

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Rear Case

Motorola prefers T5 Torx screws for its rear case. According to iFixit, this can make exposing the devices innards a rather sticky affair, unless you have experience with the necessary tools.

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SIM Card

The Droid 3 offers a SIM card, enabling the device for global use.

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Camera Assembly

Toward the left, you can see the Droid 3s camera aperture exposed.

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Freeing the Motherboard

After stripping away the speaker/antenna assembly, iFixits team then got to work prying off the motherboard.

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The Motherboard

The Droid 3s motherboard features, among other components, a three-axis accelerometer and Qualcomm MDM6600 supporting HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) speeds of up to 14.4M bps.

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Interesting Quirks

During the teardown, iFixit also noted, Interestingly, a hole through the motherboard allows sound to pass through for better transmission to the outside of the phone.

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