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Microsoft Surface tablet gets the teardown treatment, repairability score below average

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Microsoft Surface tablet gets the teardown treatment, repairability score below average
If there's one thing that can get a nerd's glasses steamy, that would be a thorough teardown of a hot gadget exposing its meticulously crafted and precisely laid out innards. And well, what do you know: the latest device to end up on the table at iFixit labs is the Microsoft Surface tablet, powered by Windows RT and a quad-core Tegra 3 chip by Nvidia. Care to know what the guys revealed after prying the tablet open?

Let's start with the battery: inside the Microsoft Surface RT resides a 31.5Wh Samsung battery rated at 7.4 volts. In comparison, the iPad 2's cell has a capacity of only 25Wh, but the one inside the 3rd and 4th generation iPads is rated much higher at 42.5Wh. In case you are wondering, yes, the battery can be removed as it is only glued, not soldered to the device's motherboard or frame.

Few more components that Samsung provided were the 10.6-inch LCD screen and the NAND flash memory used for storage. The 2 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM, however, have been supplied by Micron. The guys also found a Wolfson DAC, a Wi-Fi MIMO chip by Marvell, and a pair of 720p cameras – one on the front and one in the back, that were nearly identical in size and shape.

Microsoft Surface tablet gets the teardown treatment, repairability score below average
Microsoft Surface tablet gets the teardown treatment, repairability score below average
After the teardown was complete, the Microsoft Surface RT tablet was given a repairability score of 4 out of 10 – better than the iPad, yet far behind the Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD. The device can be opened without one worrying about shattering its display, but as a whole, the procedure isn't what one'd call straightforward. For more information, check out the complete Surface tablet teardown at the link below!

source: iFixit

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posted on 29 Oct 2012, 09:14 6

1. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


i'm just surprised why phonearena has been trying to put down the surface for the entirety of this whole day, just check out all your news for the whole day, how bias can you be, when you put news and review even on every icrap case available. why look for news about repairabilty ahead of news about a gadgets durability, which everybody has seen from other websites the surface's durability on the drop tests. Maybe that is one test we'd like to see, try dropping every tablet there is. People are looking for unbiased news and review... :(

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 09:26 1

2. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


The RT was released just days ago man. they will keep posting articles till it all cools off. its normal, its what every mobile tech site does.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 09:37 3

3. antmiu2 (Posts: 241; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


i haven't seen phonearena post something like this about ipads

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 10:33

4. the_best (Posts: 137; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


thats becaus the ipad apparantly is worse.. you wouldnt wanna hurt apple

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 10:37

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


New iPad (a.k.a. iPad 3) internal parts are based on hot glue and it makes replacement of battery or any other fixing works to an horror...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 10:54 1

6. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


They post tear down and repairability with each new iPad. They also usually post drop tests, cost to manufacturer, and whatever problems people find with the first batch (AntennaGate, light bleed, easy scuffing, yellowing of the screens). So, I have to disagree with you on this one.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:11

7. easymomo (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


@JeffdaBeat, me too. Every single trouble with iThings is reported by phonearena.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:14

8. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Why can't you highlight the words better "than the iPad" ??

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