Teardown of Nexus 7


In June, Google announced it’s first flagship tablet – the Nexus 7. Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet designed and marketed by Google and manufactured by partner Asus. Let’s see what’s under the hood with iFixit bringing to us the teardown of Nexus 7. Nexus 7 joins the 7 inches tablet category which includes Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7, Samsung Galaxy 7 Plus, and Nook HD by Barnes and Noble. These 7 inch tablets all have great featured aside from it’s portable size. Now, what about Google Nexus 7? See the teardown of Nexus 7 tablet below.

Nexus 7 Technical Specifications

Here’s what Nexus 7′s main featured.

  • 8 or 16 GB internal storage
  • 1 GB RAM Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 7 inches 1280×800 (216 ppi) back-lit IPS display
  • 1.2 Megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 4.1 OS, Jelly Bean

Nexus 7 Physical Look

The external of Nexus 7 looks similar to other 7-inch tablets. It has a white back cover, and of course the power button and the volume rocker. The Google tablet has only two external ports – a 3.5 mm. audio jack and the microUSB for data and power channel.

Teardown of Nexus 7 shows what’s inside the tablet

Dissecting the 7-inch tablet by Google shows the latest technology that powers up this Android tablet. As usual the biggest device inside a portable device like this 7-inch tablet is the battery. The battery has a 4326 mAh, 16 Wh battery that can last up to 9 and a half hours.

The circuitry on the printed circuit board shows various integrated circuits (IC) which includes:

  • 1 GB of Hynix H5TC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM
  • NVIDIA T30L Tegra 3 processor
  • Hynix HTC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM
  • Max 77612A inverting switching regulator
  • AzureWave AW-NH665 wireless module
  • Broadcom BCM4751 integrated monolithic GPS receiver
  • NXP 65N04 Integrated NFC Chip
  • Invensense MPU-6050 gyro and accelerometer
  • Kingston KE44B-26BN/8GB 8GB flash
  • Realtek ALC5642
  • ELAN eKTF36248WS EKTF3624 series 16-bit touch panel signal processor MCU
  • ELAN eKTH10368WS EKTH1036 series touch panel controller
  • Texas Instruments SN75LVDS83B LVDS LCD display driver
  • Hynix HTC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM
  • 7-inch, 1280×800 HD display, manufactured by Hydis and designated model HV070WX2


Now you’ve got an idea on what’s inside Google’s flagship tablet. Thanks to the good fellows and tinkers at iFixit on doing the great job on teardown of Nexus 7. Please visit Nexus 7 at iFixit, to view the complete and official teardown of Nexus 7 at iFixit.

The Nexus 7 was announced by Google in June 27, and started to ship within a week. You can get yours at affordable price of $200.

Disclaimer: Images courtesy of iFixit.com.

Filed in: Asus, Tablets

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