Nexus 7 (2013) goes through teardown: it’s moderately repairable

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 27, 2013

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I am a teardown lover, no matter the device undergoing the deconstruction, and I especially appreciate the work of the fine folks at iFixit. So I was naturally excited to learn that the latest device on their workbench is the Nexus 7 (2013), fresh on its launch on Wednesday.

iFixit gave the new Nexus 7 a repairability score of 7 out of 10. It’s a moderately good grade, but it could have been higher if it weren’t for a couple of reparability no-nos. For instance, the battery is glued to the holding tray, while the back case cracked a little when the teardown experts removed it from the device. But the biggest problem for any would-be Nexus 7 repairer is the display, which is adhered to the frame. As a result, repairers need to either use a heat gun to extract the display or replace the whole ensemble, which is obviously the more expensive option.

The components revealed in the teardown process include the wireless induction coil, the 3950 mAh battery (which is a bit smaller than that on the original Nexus 7), the APQ8064 processor from Qualcomm, and the four 512MB RAM modules made by Elpida, along with a variety of other bits and pieces.

For the full Nexus 7 (2013) teardown treatment and a lot more teardown pics, head over to the source.

  • Balraj

    Any idea when the cellular version of the nexus 7 will launch ?
    I mean the WiFi+3g version for global???

  • cg006

    If you can tare down a tablet, then why not buy a really cheep one with a good tare down rating and put what you what in it. You could make the ultimate tablet.

    • Apple_Nexus

      Nice idea, but I think you’re confusing repairability with upgradeability.

  • Magnetic1

    I’ve got a turn around strategy for Nook and Kindle. One can rebrand Nexus 7 and the other can rebrand Galaxy Tab3. Bookstores have no chance in this competitive hardware space. They should stick to apps and selling books and ebooks. Ok maybe they can develop their own launcher. Why post this here? Well look at that thing in there, it’s pretty complicated.