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Complete Google Nexus 7 Teardown

The chipheads at UBM Techinsights have disassembled the new Google Nexus 7 and provided 27 photos of the new tablet being disassembled. See the details: a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, not to mention all the shielding and component brand names. Is it a Kindle Fire killer? Can it stand up to the mini iPad?




If you're not Apple, your tablet is probably about 7 inches, and Google's Nexus is no exception. The Kindle Fire has done very well in this form factor, but business-oriented tablets haven't been as successful.

With the Nexus 7 Google probably hopes to set a high standard for other Android tablet companies, including Samsung, HTC and their own Motorola Mobility. The Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus. The low price of the Nexus 7 -- $199 for the 8GB model and $249 for the 16GB model -- set an aggressive price schedule for OEMs. Smaller companies probably won't be able to meet this standard at a reasonable price.

Featuring a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with a 12-core graphics subsystem, a 1280 x 800-pixel HD display, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and the new Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) mobile OS, the Nexus 7 has the best specs of any $200 slate available today.

But the competition is attempting to impress buyers all on their own. Samsung's Galaxy Tab products have received critical acclaim, if not overwhelming sales. An updated Kindle Fire is rumored to be near, as is the long-rumored mini iPad. And everything could change when Windows 8 comes and Microsoft ships their Surface tablet/notebook hybrid.

UBM Techinsights has their own article on this teardown with much more analysis.

And now, without further adieu, the 27 image story of the disassembly of the Google Nexus 7.




Removing the back cover of the Nexus 7


Removing the back cover of the Nexus 7 reveals some of the key internal components


The back cover of the Nexus 7 with some shielding




The front of the Nexus 7 featuring the PCB and LCD touchscreen




Removing the shielding around the main PCB




The 3.7V, 16Wh Lithium-polymer battery pack




A closer look at the display manufactured by HYDIS




Revealing the NVIDIA Tegra 3 applications processor




A look at the main PCB with the shielding removed.




Removing the speakers from the Nexus 7




Revealing the markings on the speaker




Removing the main PCB from the Nexus 7 front cover




The board separated from the cover




The backside of the PCB with shielding




The front of the Nexus 7 PCB with some of the main components visible




The front cover minus the main board




Beginning the process of removing the LCD touchscreen




Removing the board enclosure




A look at the HYDIS-manufactured display




The markings on the HYDIS display




Separating the display from the cover




Further separation of the front cover




Removing the shielding reveals the flex connector to the touchscreen




The flex connector and the components related to the touchscreen’s operation




The touchscreen separated from the glass

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