Teardown

Glass teardown cost estimate denied by Google

Glass teardown cost estimate denied by Google

Though Google Glass is not yet available to the average consumer, a relatively small number of the devices exist in the hands of "Explorers," the number of which just increased in recent times. Because of the nature of the Explorer program, Glass is priced at $1,500 for those with the opportunity to buy.

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Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google's Project Tango 3D mapping phones are in short supply - only around 200 out in the wild for developers to try - but that hasn't stopped a teardown on the camera-smothered prototype to reveal its hardware magic. A non-functioning unit was loaned to iFixit to suffer its screwdrivers, exposing the various lenses which Google relies upon to create real-time 3D renders of the environment around it.

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Galaxy S5 teardown reveals estimated build cost

Galaxy S5 teardown reveals estimated build cost

A few days ago, we saw the first teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. That first teardown came from the folks over at iFixit and was focused on seeing how repairable the smartphone is in case you damage it. Teardowns are also a nice way to see just what the devices look like inside the case.

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Galaxy S5 Teardown reveals display-level barrier

Galaxy S5 Teardown reveals display-level barrier

It’s not the water and dust resistance that’s holding back the repairability of the Samsung Galaxy S5, that’s for certain. Instead it would appear that this device has Samsung seeking to fuse its components together, so to speak, with access given to the battery - very user friendly - otherwise keeping everything under lock and key. This device is far less repairable than its predecessor.

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Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Amazon's Fire TV surprised some with quite how much power the retailer had packed inside its set-top streamer, but it turns out a quadcore processor isn't the only unusual component inside. A swift teardown - that rite of passage most high-profile tech goes through after launching - exposes not only a vast heatsink but some unexpected RFID tags too.

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HTC One (M8) iFixit teardown shows the juicy insides

HTC One (M8) iFixit teardown shows the juicy insides

One of the most anticipated smartphone launches of the year has finally happened with the HTC One (M8) hitting stores yesterday. The smartphone landed in stores the same day it was announced and can be purchased right now. If you want to know more about the new One, check out our review of the M8.

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Macintosh 128K gets iFixit teardown

Macintosh 128K gets iFixit teardown

The folks over at iFixit have a long history of tearing through the latest and greatest gadgets, but recently they went in a different direction: tearing down a Macintosh 128k on the cusp of its 30th anniversary. The relic -- which was no longer functional, they were sure to note -- was given its due process, and at the end of it all managed to score 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

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Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

This week the folks at iFixit have taken to the Mac Pro for 2013, and under the hood they’ve found some extremely favorable results. In addition to finding what iFixit suggests is "the most repairable Apple products we’ve seen all year." While that’s not exactly the same as the most repairable product they’ve seen all year period, it’s still a real positive marker for the company.

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Moto G a profit pariah as Google sacrifices margins

Moto G a profit pariah as Google sacrifices margins

Google may make a profit on every Moto G it sells, but it's likely swallowing a considerably smaller margin on the budget Motorola than rivals would stomach, according to a new teardown analysis. The 16GB Moto G, which Motorola sells unlocked and SIM-free for $199, costs Google $123 in components alone, research firm TechInsights tells the WSJ, with a total likely operating profit margin perhaps a quarter of what other manufacturers would expect from a similarly-positioned Android phone.

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Xbox One vs PS4 build cost teardown tips little room for profit

Xbox One vs PS4 build cost teardown tips little room for profit

Microsoft spends close to a hundred dollars more on parts for its Xbox One than Sony does on each PlayStation 4, independent teardown costing suggests, with the mandatory Kinect sensor adding a considerable chunk to the console. The Xbox One comes in at around $471, of which the Kinect accounts for around $75, according to IHS' figures, whereas the PS4 totals around $381; still, either way, there's little space for profit on either console, the numbers indicate.

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Xbox One teardown finds admirable repairability

Xbox One teardown finds admirable repairability

It's a rite of passage all shiny new tech toys must face, and the Xbox One is no different: the ritualistic teardown. Microsoft's new console has fallen prey to iFixit's screwdrivers, and while we're used to modern gadgetry being purposefully designed to make DIY repairs close to impossible, in fact the Xbox One is surprisingly modular once you open up its angular casing.

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PS4 teardown highlights Sony’s latest console

PS4 teardown highlights Sony’s latest console

A few days back Sony took one of its new PS4 game consoles and tore the device apart so that all the geeks out there could get a glimpse at what is inside the plastic shell of gaming goodness. That teardown was certainly interesting, but some folks might be more interested in an independent teardown. This is where iFixit comes in.

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