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A Look at the Hardware Inside Google's Nexus 7 Tablet

By - Source: iFixit | B 9 comments

iFixit undresses the first Nexus-branded tablet.

We already know the specs of Google's Nexus 7 device. Still, any self-respecting gadget enthusiast knows that the spec sheet doesn't tell the whole story. Most of the time there's interesting stuff inside that the company doesn't bother talking about. Luckily, there's always people willing to dissect new devices so you don't have to risk voiding the warranty on your new gadget or tear into your newly acquired toy.

 

iFixit took a crack at Google's first tablet and was pleasantly surprised by what they found. The team reports that the Nexus 7 is just a millimeter thicker than Apple's iPad, but that millimeter could save you a lot of time and money if you need to repair. iFixit says Asus used retaining clips to hold the case together instead of glue. This means opening up the Nexus 7 takes just a couple of minutes with some plastic opening tools. Additionally, the battery is very easily accessed, which means easy to replace, and all of the fasteners are Phillips #00 screws.

It's not a total bed of roses when it comes to repairing the Nexus 7, though. The tablet's display glass and LCD are fused together, so you'll have to replace both if either one breaks. iFixit points out that this isn't the case with Amazon's Kindle Fire. As a result, the Nexus 7 scored below the Fire on iFixit's repairability scale. The Nexus 7 crosses the finish line with a 7/10 score, while the Kindle Fire has a score of 8/10. 

As far as components are concerned, the Nexus 7 uses a 7-inch, 1280x800 HD display manufactured by Hydis, an Nvidia T30L Tegra 3 processor, Hynix HTC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM, Kingston KE44B-26BN/8GB 8GB flash, Max 77612A inverting switching regulator, AzureWave AW-NH665 wireless module, Broadcom BCM4751 integrated monolithic GPS receiver, and Invensense MPU-6050 gyro and accelerometer.

For the full teardown details and a ton of photos of the process, check out iFixit's guide.

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    boiler1990 , July 4, 2012 3:13 PM
    Asus' hardware design has always been pretty solid, and this proves the level of refinement it has reached. I'm so looking forward to receiving mine; I hope they ship soon.
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    Draven35 , July 4, 2012 2:38 PM
    Nexus 7 , huh? there's some of me in you....
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    boiler1990 , July 4, 2012 3:13 PM
    Asus' hardware design has always been pretty solid, and this proves the level of refinement it has reached. I'm so looking forward to receiving mine; I hope they ship soon.
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    eddieroolz , July 4, 2012 3:32 PM
    I barely see anything at all. It probably has less parts than a M16 rifle, which is amazing.
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    belardo , July 4, 2012 3:34 PM
    ER... nexus 6 bro... :)  Can't wait for the next Bladerunner film.

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    stingray71 , July 4, 2012 3:45 PM
    Can't wait for the Nexus 10!
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    notsleep , July 4, 2012 3:47 PM
    i'll wait for nexus 10...nexus 7 is just too small for me. :p 
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    teh_chem , July 4, 2012 3:58 PM
    Asus is making this? For some reason, I thought it would be moto. Regardless, Asus hardware has been relatively solid (OG TF has zero hardware problems). Asus' problem with tablets has always and consistently been OS/firmware updates. Somehow they find a way to screw the pooch on every OS/firmware update they push. Hopefully this being a Google product, the OS/firmware won't have these issues anymore. I had no interest in buying an asus tablet ever again (so many issues with ICS updates), but having this be a google product (technically), I have high hopes that they'll get the software right for once.
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    digiex , July 4, 2012 4:04 PM
    Look at the size of that circuit board, integration is really going to the extreme.
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    wildkitten , July 4, 2012 5:00 PM
    teh_chemAsus is making this? For some reason, I thought it would be moto. Regardless, Asus hardware has been relatively solid (OG TF has zero hardware problems). Asus' problem with tablets has always and consistently been OS/firmware updates. Somehow they find a way to screw the pooch on every OS/firmware update they push. Hopefully this being a Google product, the OS/firmware won't have these issues anymore. I had no interest in buying an asus tablet ever again (so many issues with ICS updates), but having this be a google product (technically), I have high hopes that they'll get the software right for once.


    I would imagine Google used Asus on this to show their 3rd party partners they won't abandon them simply because they bought Motorola's mobile division.