Googles second 7-inch tablet was announced last week, and it ended up leaking into retail channels a little early this time. Many stores started selling the Nexus 7 on Friday, allowing the folks at iFixit to get their hands on one unfortunate specimen, which was then dissected. The team found some neat stuff, too.
The new Nexus 7 looks and feels much more solid than the old one, but it can still be opened with a simple plastic wedge. The clips are a bit more solid this time, so its possible to crack the case if youre not careful. Inside is a large 3,950mAh battery with inductive coils for wireless charging. The NFC module is also sitting atop the battery.
The battery must be removed to get at the other components, but the tray comes out easily. If you want to separate the battery from tray, get ready for a fight its glued in. The small daughter board is home to the capacitive touch controller. All the screws required to get the boards out are standard phillips.
The main motherboard has all the serious business on it. This is where youll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, four RAM modules adding up to 2GB, wireless radios, NAND flash for storage, and various charging controllers. The dual speakers snap right out, and that reveals the WiFi antennas. What remains at that point is only the screen and the front glass, which are glued together.
Theres a surprisingly small amount of glue used in the N7. Really just the battery and front glass, but thats fairly common these days. At the end of the teardown, iFixit gave the Nexus 7 a 7 out of 10 for repairability. Not bad.
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