It’s Nexus 7 Teardown Time

It has always been the tradition at iFixit. Whenever a new tablet or a high-end smartphone is released, it gets a teardown. It’s newest victim is the Asus built Google Nexus 7 tablet. The Google Nexus 7 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet was announced on 27 June during the first day of Google I/O developer conference. All those who attended the conference were given a Nexus 7 tablet each, along with some other Google goodies. One such Nexus 7, a white one has landed on the iFixit table and it had the honor of being the first Nexus 7 tablet to have it’s innards spread on a table by the iFixit team.

Up till now, we have heard and read a lot about the features of the Nexus 7 tablet, what version of  OS it runs, how much it is going to be priced, when it is scheduled to be launched and a lot more. However, that is just superficial knowledge. Some of us tech geeks are not satisfied by just that and want to know the complete working of a gadget. iFixit teardown does exactly that letting us know the finer details that go into the manufacturing of any electronic device.

Here is a list of all the findings from the official Nexus 7 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.

After a detailed by iFixit team, they have decided to give the Nexus 7 a 7 out of 10 rating for repairability. The Kindle Fire was given an 8.