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Google Nexus 7 Teardown

The folks at iFixit have torn a new Google Nexus 7 tablet apart with an eye towards repairability. It's way easier to repair than an iPad 3, but it still has some tough points. See the soul of the new machine.

More highlights:

  • Although the official Nexus page just indicates there's a "speaker" in the back (singular reference), we clearly see a pair of drivers. No word whether it's stereo or not, as the unit was already apart when we made this discovery.
  • The motherboard contains:
    • NVIDIA T30L Tegra 3 processor
    • Hynix HTC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM
    • Kingston KE44B-26BN/8GB 8GB flash
    • Max 77612A inverting switching regulator
    • AzureWave AW-NH665 wireless module
    • Broadcom BCM4751 integrated monolithic GPS receiver
    • Invensense MPU-6050 gyro and accelerometer
  • The 7-inch, 1280x800 HD display is manufactured by Hydis and designated by model HV070WX2.

All the pieces

There are some other repairability highlights: the battery can be replaced without soldering or even a screwdriver. The reddish things in the image above are copper alloy sheets which provide shielding, but they are fragile and could tear during disassembly.

Click here to read the full iFixit teardown with many more images and a lot more detail.

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