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Google Nexus 7 teardown already complete

July 3, 2012

The folks over at iFixit managed to get a hold of a Google Nexus 7 five days after being officially unveiled at Google I/O – in fact they did score a white version, the kind that was handed down to all attendees of the developer conference – and they did what they do best, tear it to pieces.

We have already covered the Nexus 7 extensively since the first Google I/O keynote, so you should be pretty familiar with its specs and features, release dates, international launch announcements, rooting, custom ROMs and default OS version. So let’s take a look at some of the things revealed by this “official” teardown:

  • The Nexus 7 is 10.4mm thick, precisely 1mm thicker than the new iPad. Apparently that extra millimeter of thickness makes the Nexus 7 more repairable than the iPad, although we wouldn’t advise you to repair any tablet at home, especially if it’s still covered by warranty.
  • GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi antennas may have been produced as soon as April or May.
  • The Nexus 7 has a 4,326 mAh battery that can offer 9:49 hours of battery life compared with the Kindle Fire’s 4400mAh battery that offers just 7:42 hours of life.
  • The Nexus 7 doesn’t get “disconcertingly hot” but rather “just a little toasty,” according to Engadget.
  • The Nexus 7 features Hynix RAM, the same model found in the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
  • The Nexus 7 comes with two microphones, presumably needed to offer users great voice-based Google Search features.
  • It is still not known whether the Nexus 7 features Gorilla Glass or Gorilla Glass 2 from Corning, but I guess we’ll find out more details about that soon enough.

If you’re curious to see more high-resolution images of the Nexus 7’s internal components, head down to iFixit to check them out. The online publication has given the device a 7/10 repairability score, compared to the 8/10 score the Kindle Fire received, not that it really matters to most users, who are certainly not going to pry open their Nexus 7 units in order to replace any faulty components.

Did you already pre-order a Nexus 7?