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New Nexus 7 teardown reveals wireless charging, easy repairability

Easier to fix than the iPad Mini
Mon Jul 29 2013, 11:04
Google Nexus 7 2 front and back

INTERNET GIANT Google's new Nexus 7 tablet received the teardown treatment over the weekend, revealing the tablet's support for wireless charging and its ease of repairability.

iFixit performed the teardown. As well as stating the obvious, such as the fact that the tablet looks different to its predecessor and that it features two cameras, the teardown experts have revealed that the new Nexus 7 supports wireless charging.

Once it had pulled the device apart using little more than a plastic tool, iFixit discovered a wireless charging coil, something Google didn't mention during last week's unveiling.

iFixit said, "Though inductive charging has been around for a while, this is the first time we've seen it in a tablet. We're pleased with the trend, as it may help eliminate wires as a source of e-waste in the future."

Speaking of charging, iFixit also gave us some more information about the tablet's battery, which should offer an extra hour of battery life compared to the original Nexus 7. It's a 3,950mAh battery, iFixit revealed, and it's easily removable, with the battery tray secured with "just a few screws".

Easy disassembly is a trait that seems to continue throughout the tablet, with the teardown experts praising the tablet for its no-hassle repairability, giving it a score of seven out of 10 - much higher than the iPad Mini's score of two out of ten.

iFixit said, "The rear case is very easy to open, and requires minimal prying effort with a plastic opening tool to remove... But we cracked it, even though we were quite careful during the opening procedure.

"All fasteners inside are Phillips screws - no security or proprietary screws here."

Try to avoid breaking the screen of the new Nexus 7 though, iFixit warned, noting that this could be quite tricky to replace. It said, "The front glass is adhered to the display frame, meaning you'll need a heat gun to get the LCD out - or replace the whole front panel."

The iFixit team also took apart Google's Chromecast media streaming dongle, but decided against giving it a repairability score, saying, "There's just nothing in it to repair."

"Best hope for this little guy: after a long, fulfilling life of streaming kitten videos, the Chromecast is recycled responsibly," it added. µ

 

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