iFixIt Has Already Gutted Google's Nexus 7 Tablet

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The mad scientists at iFixIt got their hands on a new Nexus 7″ tablet.The first thing they did? Take it apart and take photos along the way.

(By the way, don’t miss our Nexus 7 review!)

From exterior to interior, he’s an up-close look at what goes on inside the device.

Here's the unmodified tablet -- let's see how to get into it

The only ports you get are USB and 3.5mm audio

But it's enough to pry off the front panel

Here's a view of the interior

Get a look at the size of that battery!

Under it is the heat sink, which comes out easily enough

The speaker assembly is held in place with standard Philips head screws

It pops right off

The input/output cable looks delicate, but the iFixIt team goes deeper

Prying around the L-shaped motherboard

Here's a look at the Nexus's 1 GB of RAM

And the 1.2 MP comes off as well

This microphone has to come out as well before you can remove the motherboard

But after that, it comes right out. The processor is outlined in red, the RAM in orange, GPS in dark blue, and WiFi in light blue

On the other side, the flash storage is outlined in red, and more RAM in black

Removing the frame reveals a heat sink covering the LCD

And one more heat sink can be peeled right off

And there's the 7-inch HD display

iFixIt gives the tablet a 7 out of 10 for repairability, meaning it's fairly straightforward to fix

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