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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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