iFixIt is popularly known for tearing down new devices and then discerning how repairable those are. Google recently unveiled its second-gen Nexus 7. And before long, the iFixIt team got hands on the tablet and opened it down to the very bits. Apparently, the new slate has earned a high repairability score from the iFixIt team.
The new Nexus 7 packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro S4 chip and offers significantly better computing prowess than the first-gen slate of the same name. The iFixIt team has posted a whole host of images, showing the entire tear-down process.
Apparently, the slate is really easy to open up. You don’t even need any complex or serious opening tools. Rather, you can open up the tablet with a simple plastic tool. However, the new Nexus 7 is somewhat delicate to such opening up and during the operation, iFixIt reported a ‘bit of a crack in the rear case’, even when all the team used was a plastic tool.
The upside of this is that in case your tablet runs into trouble and you want to look inside it, you can do so quite easily. The repairability score that the iFixIt team gives to different devices is based on how easily can they be opened up and repaired. When it comes to the new Nexus 7, the team has assigned it a score of 7 out of 10, which is actually really good, given the fact that the iFixIt team isn’t generous in granting scores.
According to the details revealed by iFixIt, the tablet’s external case makes use of Phillips screws while the battery enclosure on the inside comes off fairly easily. However, it may take some effort to undo the battery from the tray. In all, the tablet is easy to open up and repair, which is a plus for the newcomer.
Courtesy: Hot Hardware