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Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets teardown treatment

Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets teardown treatment

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus has gone under the knife - or the screwdriver at least - to bare its silicon guts in the now-traditional post launch teardown. While we've already seen what's going on inside the HSPA+ version of the Samsung smartphone, ZDNet's breakdown of the LTE model shows there are some big differences when you get past the 4.65-inch Contour Display and 100mAh bigger battery.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Teardown reveals glass and display fused, low soldering

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Teardown reveals glass and display fused, low soldering

With the USA release of the Galaxy Nexus on the horizon and many folks on the outside of the states with the international edition in their hands already, we've only to cry in a corner until Verizon lets loose the device - but until then, we can dream with things like this iFixit teardown released today. What the folks over at the teardown palace have revealed is that not only is the Galaxy Nexus right in the middle of the pack when it comes to repairability, it's basically as simple on the inside as it is on the out. Not just one whole heck of a lot of surprises are contained within, but some pointers on how well you should treat the device do reveal themselves.

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DROID Razr torn down with Dozuki saw and video effects

DROID Razr torn down with Dozuki saw and video effects

While Verizon and Motorola assure us that the back of the DROID RAZR by Motorola is not meant to be removed and that the battery is certainly not meant to be replaceable, the folks at iFixit never ever take no for an answer, starting their traditional teardown process with no less than the traditional Japanese saw known as the Dozuki. Of course there was no real need for this since there actually is a fingernail hole at the top of the device and snaps all around the edges that a non-terrifying instrument like your finger could work apart, but the glue between the battery and the back will make for a more difficult take-apart process for you. Then take note of the Kevlar, and be sure to remember that Kevlar in this state is both flexible and definitely not bulletproof - iFixit reminds us that bulletproof Kevlar is actually layers and layers of similar material backed up with a ceramic plate -- in other words, no bullets please!

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Amazon boosts Kindle Fire production amid risky loss-lead strategy

Amazon boosts Kindle Fire production amid risky loss-lead strategy

Amazon has ramped up Kindle Fire tablet production to in excess of 5m units before the year is out, supply chain sources have revealed, amid continued strong pre-order demand for the 7-inch ereader slate. Original production estimates were around 3.5m units in 2011, DigiTimes highlights, with that figure already being bumped once, mid-Q3, to 4m. However the loss-leading risk of the ebook retailer's advertising and media-sales supported model has been highlighted by a new teardown of the $79 Kindle that suggests Amazon loses more than $5 on every sale.

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iPhone 4S component cost is $188; Samsung edged out

iPhone 4S component cost is $188; Samsung edged out

We've already seen what's inside the iPhone 4S thanks to the traditional post-launch teardown, but how much exactly do all those shiny parts cost? iSuppli has crunched the numbers and reckons a fifth-gen iPhone costs Apple as little as $188 in components; they've also spotted a selection of new supplier parts, some of which occupy space previously held by Samsung.

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iPhone 4S suffers teardown treatment

iPhone 4S suffers teardown treatment

Having your circuits exposed, RAM revealed and baseband boggled at is a rite of passage for any smartphone worth its salt, and so it was clear the iPhone 4S would have to suffer the teardown treatment. Apple's new dualcore smartphone has been vigorously hazed by the screwdriver-toting engineers at iFixit, revealing a larger battery among other things.

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iPod nano 7th gen teardown reveals supplier swap

iPod nano 7th gen teardown reveals supplier swap

Apple's new iPod nano has undergone the teardown treatment, with the updated 7th generation PMP now revealed as having a quiet change in component suppliers. After stripping down the new media player to its component parts, iFixit discovered Apple has shifted from Toshiba to SanDisk flash memory as well as making more obvious software changes.

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Samsung Epic 4G Touch Teardown

Samsung Epic 4G Touch Teardown

As it does come to pass with all amazing and fantastic devices, so too must it happen with the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch - a teardown, one that will leave this device in bits for the whole world to see. The folks at ifixit have torn apart this first Galaxy S II to hit the shores of the USA piece by piece for you and I, and with their perfectly accurate lighting situations and cameras with HD resolution output, we'll be looking rather deeply and in full detail at this lovely amalgamation.

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iFixit guts the Motorola Droid Bionic in latest teardown

iFixit guts the Motorola Droid Bionic in latest teardown

The big smartphone release of this month was certainly the Droid Bionic by Motorola. You can pick the smartphone up right now with the device officially on sale as of yesterday in Verizon stores and on Amazon. iFixit is apt to get their hands on the latest deices just long enough to tear them up and this time is no different. The gang has ripped up its Droid Bionic for us to check out.

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VAIO Z Series Teardown by Sony Engineer [Video]

VAIO Z Series Teardown by Sony Engineer [Video]

We got our first official glimpse of the Sony VAIO Z Series back on June 28th, a look that revealed this to be Sony's lightest and most portable effort to date. This 13.1-inch 1600 x 900 notebook runs up to a Core i7-2620M 2.7GHz and weighs just under 1.2kg, all of this available for around $2,286 on pre-order, this magnificent laptop will be hitting doorsteps starting this week! What Sony has for us now is no less than a VAIO Z series laptop torn down and put back together before our eyes by an official Sony engineer!

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iPhone 5 Gets “Hypothetical” Cost Breakdown By Bloomberg

iPhone 5 Gets “Hypothetical” Cost Breakdown By Bloomberg

The iPhone 5 will land with much fanfare come this September or October when plenty of eager fans will line the streets to fork over some serious cash for this next-gen device. But what will they likely be getting in terms of specs? To answer that question, take a look at this "hypothetical" bill of materials.

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iFixit guts new Mac Mini in latest teardown

iFixit guts new Mac Mini in latest teardown

Yesterday we posted up the iFixit teardown of the MacBook Air that launched this week. The teardown was cool and let us see inside the notebook without having to risk killing ours. iFixit also took the time to rip open the new Mac Mini as well. I am always impressed by how small the Mini is and how packed in the parts are inside the rig.

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