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

July 27, 2013
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The hardware experts at iFixit tore the new Nexus 7 to pieces to show the world what’s inside. While the teardown revealed no surprises, the device scored a moderately good repairability score.

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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.

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