What's Inside a BlackBerry PlayBook?

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.

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

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  • Wow, a dual core 1ghz cpu and 1gb ram, this makes it at least twice as fast as any other blackberry device.
  • i didn't know TI was making up to date processors
  • Please tell me the components aren't made in China.