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What's Inside a BlackBerry PlayBook?

By - Source: iFixit | B 14 comments

So you’ve got your new PlayBook home, but you can’t ignore that uncontrollable urge to see what’s behind that ominous black exterior. Well, lucky for you, iFixit has given the device the teardown treatment.


First and foremost, the device is apparently easier to open than its number one competitor, the iPad. Unfortunately, the composition of parts means replacing the battery requires the user to first remove the motherboard. Removing it is easy enough, just some standard Philips #00 screws, but it’s still a little disappointing that RIM decided to house the the guts of the PlayBook in the display assembly, and not the rear case like most other tablets.

Other highlights of the teardown include a magnetic dock connector, a 20 watt-hour battery, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting 1080p video, 16GB of Samsung NAND flash, a Texas Instruments OMAP4430 1GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB DRAM.

iFixit's RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Teardown


Check out the full teardown on iFixit for all the gory details.

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    lifelesspoet , April 21, 2011 7:01 AM
    Wow, a dual core 1ghz cpu and 1gb ram, this makes it at least twice as fast as any other blackberry device.
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    cheeseborger , April 21, 2011 7:07 AM
    i didn't know TI was making up to date processors
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    K2N hater , April 21, 2011 1:45 PM
    Please tell me the components aren't made in China.
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    zerocoolx , April 21, 2011 2:52 PM
    Seriously? You guys knew the specs before this even got opened! Besides, just look at the price. You get what you pay for.
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    smeker , April 21, 2011 2:57 PM
    Rainbows and Unicorns... that's what it has inside
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    Marco925 , April 21, 2011 3:09 PM
    wasabiman123more ram than current gen gaming consoles, just... pitiful...

    Current gen gaming consoles also were made years ago,
    And current gen gaming consoles have very very small operating systems. allowing the game to take advantage of more ram even though it is less
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    back_by_demand , April 21, 2011 3:09 PM
    K2N haterPlease tell me the components aren't made in China.

    Everything is made in China, including the Stars & Stripes flags you all wave on 4th July.
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    Marco925 , April 21, 2011 3:13 PM
    K2N haterPlease tell me the components aren't made in China.

    Other than the integrated circuits being made in taiwan, did you really expect anything else?
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    pollom , April 21, 2011 3:42 PM
    the girl is tooo hot !
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    virtualban , April 21, 2011 4:50 PM
    pollomthe girl is tooo hot !

    :)  Thumbs up
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    sabot00 , April 21, 2011 5:33 PM
    Marco925Other than the integrated circuits being made in taiwan, did you really expect anything else?

    Taiwan is part of China de jure.
    No country recognizes Taiwan as independent or has treaties with them, so while Taiwan has de facto independence it does not have de jure.
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    maestintaolius , April 21, 2011 6:23 PM
    back_by_demandEverything is made in China, including the Stars & Stripes flags you all wave on 4th July.

    Heh, it's funny because it's true... sad too.
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    soundping , April 22, 2011 10:10 AM
    And with every box there's a prize inside.
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    eddieroolz , April 23, 2011 2:26 AM
    Looks great.