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Google Nexus 7 teardown finds replaceable battery

Same Hynix RAM as Apple's Macbook Pro
Tue Jul 03 2012, 17:26
ASUS Google Nexus 7

THE PEOPLE at Ifixit have taken their tools to Google's Nexus 7 tablet, finding that users can take apart the device relatively easily to replace the battery.

Google launched its Nexus 7 tablet last week with particular focus on the Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 chip. However Ifixit has taken a Nexus 7 apart to find 1GB of DDR3 RAM supplied by Hynix, Kingston-branded flash storage and WiFi and GPS connectivity provided by Azurewave and Broadcom, respectively.

NXP was the first Nexus 7 supplier to reveal that its PN65 near-field communications chip made it inside the tablet, and according to Ifixit the Hynix DDR3 memory modules are the same ones that Apple uses in its latest Retina display equipped Macbook Pro. Ifixit reported that Nexus 7 users won't have to contend with proprietary screws, and replacing the 4326mAh battery is almost trivial once the casing is off.

Ifixit highlighted the main downside to the repairability of the Nexus 7 tablet comes from its screen being glued to the Gorilla glass. According to Ifixit, the repairability of the Nexus 7 is almost on par with that of Amazon's Kindle Fire, adding that it is "light-years more repairable" than Apple's latest Ipad.

Google's Nexus 7 tablet will go on sale in the UK later this month priced at £159 and £199 for the 8GB and 16GB models, respectively. µ


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