Teardown

iSuppli offers Nintendo 3DS bill of materials figures

iSuppli offers Nintendo 3DS bill of materials figures

iSuppli routinely takes gadgets that are new and popular and tears them down to see what's used inside and gives us an idea of how much each of the devices costs to build. The latest gadget on the iSuppli chopping block is the Nintendo 3DS. iSuppli reports that the BOM for the 3DS is $100.71.

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iPad 2 Smart Cover teardown reveals 21 magnets

iPad 2 Smart Cover teardown reveals 21 magnets

We've already seen the iPad 2 teardown, but who would've thought Apple's Smart Cover would deserve the teardown treatment by itself. Steve Jobs spent plenty of time waxing lyrical about the Smart Cover tech at the iPad 2 launch, and so iFixit took a closer look to see if it was worth the attention. The headline feature? A full twenty-one magnets.

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32GB iPad 2 costs $337 to build: Touchscreen biggest expense

32GB iPad 2 costs $337 to build: Touchscreen biggest expense

The 32GB iPad 2 WiFi + 3G costs Apple $326.60 in components and a further $10 for production, according to the latest BOM research by iSuppli. That makes it just six dollars more than the original 32GB iPad, despite some components - such as the new Apple A5 dual-core processor - costing considerably more than their predecessors.

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Nintendo 3DS teardown puts 3D parallax display under microscope

Nintendo 3DS teardown puts 3D parallax display under microscope

The new Nintendo 3DS hit Japanese shelves over the weekend, and that meant it was only a matter of time before engineers there decided to rip it apart. We've already seen one pre-release teardown of the 3DS, but TechOn is going one stage further and putting the parallax display under the microscope.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 9 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 9 2011

Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! It was a busy week in the tech world with some major new products landing this week. The new Hanvon HPad A112 surfaced packing Android Froyo, a 3MP camera and a lot more. The tablet has a 7-inch 800 x 600 screen and is 10.8mm thick.

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Motorola XOOM world modem spotted in teardown

Motorola XOOM world modem spotted in teardown

It's something of a teardown day, with first the new MacBook Pro getting stripped to basics and now the Motorola XOOM suffering the same. iFixit whipped open the casing - a straightforward process, given Motorola obviously doesn't want to make things too difficult for its technicians adding in 4G modem support - and discovered that the XOOM actually uses the same hybrid CDMA/GSM modem as found in the Verizon iPhone 4.

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MacBook Pro early 2011 gets teardown: New RAM inside

MacBook Pro early 2011 gets teardown: New RAM inside

We've already shown you the outside of the new early-2011 MacBook Pro 15, and given you a preview of what its quad-core guts are capable of, but iFixit seldom stop when screws get in the way. The teardown-team acquired a 15-inch MBP and set to work stripping its delicious unibody chassis apart, not happy until the bare Core i7 processor was visible.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4G gets torn down and (partially) set on fire

Samsung Galaxy S 4G gets torn down and (partially) set on fire

Ah, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, just another Galaxy S family device only this time with a shot of HSPA+ for T-Mobile USA, right? That's certainly what you'd expect, but the teardown-terrors at iFixit have still taken it upon themselves to rip the poor Android smartphone open and dig around, soothsayer-style, in its electrical entrails.

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Motorola ATRIX 4G teardown finds repair-friendly guts

Motorola ATRIX 4G teardown finds repair-friendly guts

It's a rite of passage for any new high-profile gadget to not only get a SlashGear review but to be torn down by iFixit, and the Motorola ATRIX 4G is no exception. The Tegra 2 based superphone has been splayed into its constituent parts by the repair-obsessed team, who found a generally fix-friendly design.

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Nintendo 3DS gets pre-release teardown

Nintendo 3DS gets pre-release teardown

Nintendo's execs spoke earlier this month about the physical design decisions around the Nintendo 3DS, but what we really wanted was to see the 3D-capable gaming handheld torn down into its constituent pieces. Happily that's just what TGBus has delivered, a comprehensive pre-release teardown of the 3DS.

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Verizon iPhone 4 Cheaper for Apple to Build

Verizon iPhone 4 Cheaper for Apple to Build

The new Verizon iPhone 4 costs 9% less for Apple to build than the AT&T iPhone 4, according to a teardown analysis report by IHS iSuppli. The bill of materials, or the total cost of the phone's components, costs about $171.35 for the Verizon phone. The AT&T phone's bill of materials costs $187.51. The total production cost for the Verizon iPhone 4 is $178.45. So why is it cheaper?

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Verizon iPhone 4 teardown: World Phone CDMA/GSM radio inside

Verizon iPhone 4 teardown: World Phone CDMA/GSM radio inside

iFixit has been at it again, whipping out the adjustable spanner set (well, a selection of Torx screwdrivers actually) and taking on Verizon's iPhone 4. We've already given the CDMA smartphone a good going over in our full Verizon iPhone 4 review, but now we get to see the changes inside the iOS handset too. The biggest point of interest is the Qualcomm MDM6600 radio chipset, which actually could've been used to make the Verizon iPhone 4 into a so-called world phone.

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