iFixit cracks open Google’s Tango Tablet for a better look

August 19, 2014
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The folks over at iFixit are at it again, this time taking apart a Project Tango tablet to better get a look at the goodies inside. For those that don’t know much about it, the Tango tablet is the second Google Tango device, which is essentially a special phone/tablet platform that can create a 3D model of the world around it, making it aware of its position and allowing for some potentially awesome use cases including space robotics, gaming and the list goes on.

We already know a bit about the Tango tablet’s specs thanks to Google, such as the fact it is powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU with 4GB RAM. Other specs include 128GB storage, a 1080p display, motion-tracking cams, LTE, integrated depth sending tech, USB 3.0, micro-HDMI and Android 4.4. KitKat.

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So what new details does the tear down reveal? For one thing, we now know a bit more about the motion-tracking cams involved. There’s an 120-degree front facing camera, and on the back there’s an 170-degree motion tracking camera and a 4MP RGP-IR cam. The tear down also reveals an STMicroelectronics STM32L151QHD ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M3 MCU, which Google officially notes is used as a sensor hub for “accurate time-stamping of camera captures”.

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That’s some of the bigger hitters, though you can certainly visit iFixIt for a full look at the tear down. As for the repairability score? While the Tango phone scored 9, the tablet isn’t so easy to self-repair with a score of just 4. On the positive side, the iFixit teams mentioned the tablet feels more polished than the phone, so we suppose that could prove to be a worthy trade-off.

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What do you think of Project Tango, looking forward to more consumer-friendly iterations in the near future or do you feel that the motion sensing is more gimmick than genuinely useful?

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