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Cracking Open the Motorola Droid Bionic Lapdock

Motorola Droid Bionic Lapdock Teadown

In September 2011, Verizon added a fourth device to its growing lineup of 4G LTE smartphones--the Motorola Droid Bionic. Like the Motorola Atrix, released in April, the Bionic support the Motorola Lapdock accessory.

The Lapdock is basically a large docking station complete with keyboard, LCD screen, and trackpad. It's nearly identical to the Atrix Lapdock, but the two are not compatible as they have docking connectors designed specifically for each phone.

After cracking open the Bionic, I was interested to examine the hardware inside the Lapdock. From the outside, it looks like and ultrathin laptop. Would the internal hardware, also be similar to a laptop's? Find out, as I crack open the Motorola Droid Bionic Lapdock.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

4 comments
strider_mt2k
strider_mt2k

I appreciate the teardown pics! I recently obtained one of these, and the volume is not controllable under Android ICS. A speaker plugged into the Bionic's headphone jack is controlled normally from the keyboard controls, however. One of the things I have considered is replacing the USB audio setup with a standard powered amp that simply plugs into the Bionic's headphone jack instead, so getting a look at how much/little room I have to work with is extremely helpful! Thanks!

crcgraphix
crcgraphix

/.\ . /.\ . /.\ . / I see this unfolding as the Motorola Sync wave. All others will excel, but as far as the clone capes and inter-cross-integration methods, Moto?? will reign pure!

dfaucher
dfaucher

Is this a teardown of the Atrix LapDock? Motorola announced the replacement to this LapDock. How does the LapDock 100 compare to the older Atrix Lapdock?

Stalemate
Stalemate

The Atrix Lapdock, the 100 and now the 500 are all different versions. The 100 caters to multiple devices, while the other 2 are specifically intended for single devices.