Teardown

Super Slim PS3 torn apart by iFixit

Super Slim PS3 torn apart by iFixit

We know the folks at iFixit love to perform tear downs on new devices to determine how easy they are to repair, and even the brand new Super Slim PS3 isn't safe. It's the subject of iFixit's latest teardown, so if you've ever wanted to see the innards of a PS3 all laid out in front of you, now's your chance. The big question is: what changes has Sony made to the PS3 in order to not only make it smaller, but also bring down the cost of production?

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iPhone 5 16GB costs $207 to produce according to IHS iSuppli

iPhone 5 16GB costs $207 to produce according to IHS iSuppli

The iPhone 5 features a number of hardware improvements over iPhones of the past, but how much are those improvements costing Apple? That's what IHS iSuppli is determined to find out in its latest teardown, but this one is a little bit different than the teardowns were used to from IHS iSuppli. You see, the folks at IHS iSuppli haven't gotten their hands on an iPhone 5 just yet, so this is a "virtual" teardown based on the specifications Apple has announced, combined with prior knowledge of Apple's suppliers and manufacturing partners.

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Apple’s new EarPods get teardown treatment from iFixit

Apple’s new EarPods get teardown treatment from iFixit

Apple's new EarPods certainly look like they'll offer an improvement over the older earbuds, but just how much of an improvement is there? That's what the folks at iFixit are determined to find out, putting the EarPods in the spotlight as the subject of its latest teardown. Using an exacto knife, a metal spudger, and an iFixit-branded guitar pick, the iFixit gang pried and pulled apart the redesigned EarPods to see if they really can boast significant improvements over Earbuds of the past.

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Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

Kindle Fire HD 7 gets teardown and components detail

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 - that being the 7-inch display toting version of the tablet experience - has received its first official teardown, straight from the folks at iFixit. This teardown shows a rather clean looking construction complete with the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core processor powering the whole beast - the first big note here is the fact that the machine has a 1.2Ghz processor though TI claims it'll operate at up to 1.5Ghz. Also under the hood you'll find a Texas Instruments TWL6032 Fully Integrated Power Management IC and Samsung KLMAG2GE4A eMMC 16 GB Flash Memory and Flash Memory Controller as well.

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Galaxy Note 10.1 beats iPad in IHS teardown

Galaxy Note 10.1 beats iPad in IHS teardown

There may be a debate concerning which tablet between the third-gen iPad and the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the better choice for consumers, but when it comes to profit margins, IHS has found that Samsung is the clear winner. A preliminary teardown performed by IHS shows that Samsung is making a pretty healthy margin on the Galaxy Note 10.1, though the company warns that the figures in its report only represent the cost of manufacturing and hardware. This means that after things like licensing and marketing are accounted for, the profit margins on the Galaxy Note 10.1 could take a bit of a dip.

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Nexus Q teardown: USA boast pans out partially

Nexus Q teardown: USA boast pans out partially

Google's Nexus Q was arguably the least-polished launch of the IO opening keynote, but there's no denying that the media streamer itself is a solid and handsome piece of kit. That's catnip to teardown merchant iFixit, which has opened up its toolkit of screwdrivers and spudgers and promptly stripped the "Designed and Manufactured in the USA" orb down to its nude essentials.

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Nexus 7 gets teardown treatment

Nexus 7 gets teardown treatment

Google fans know the Nexus 7 is filled with magic Android sap and tufts from Sergey Brin's beard, but those with more mundane interests probably want to see silicon too. Thankfully iFixit has done the honors, tearing down the 7-inch tablet and praising its repair-potential versus Apple's iPad along the way.

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