Google officially unveiled the second generation Nexus 7 tablet earlier this week and like clockwork, the gang over at iFixit got their hands on the new tablet for a complete teardown. If you are the DIY type, you’ll be happy to know the slate earned a repairability score of 7 out of 10 (the higher the number, the easier it is to fix).
iFixit immediately noticed some drastic changes in body type as the second generation tablet is thinner, narrower and taller than its predecessor. There’s also a rear-facing camera and stereo sound, among other subtleties.
Gaining entry to the inner workings of the Nexus 7 requires only a plastic opening tool but take your time as you may end up cracking the rear shell as the iFixit guys did. Inside are a massive battery (common among tablets these days) and an inductive charging coil. You’ll need a few other tools like a spudger to dig deeper, however, but it’s worth pointing out that all fasteners inside are Phillips screws.
Odds are, however, that you’ll likely only ever need to replace the display or perhaps the battery. If anything else fails, you’re probably better off working with Google to try and get it covered under warranty or simply buy a new tablet.
If the display does crack, iFixit says you will need a heat gun to get the LCD off as the front glass is adhered to the display frame. The best bet here would be to simply replace the front panel, we’re told.
The Google Nexus 7 is the first Google tablet and is manufactured in partnership with Asus. It features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display and a Tegra 3 SoC which itself comprises a quad-core CPU and twelve-core GPU. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, also you get a front-facing camera and ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
The Google Nexus 10 features Android 4.2 with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, as well as a 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. There’s also a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.9MP camera on the front, and a battery that Google says runs for 9 hours. Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
The Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship handset that shipped along Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras (1.3MP front, 8.0MP back), and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Google also baked in NFC support and wireless charging.
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