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iFixit Surface Duo teardown finds some unsurprising bad news

iFixit Surface Duo teardown finds some unsurprising bad news

The Surface Duo is here and that can only mean one thing: iFixit has completed a teardown of it. Foldable devices like the Surface Duo have generally received pretty lousy repairability scores from the folks at iFixit, so can the Surface Duo be the device that finally turns it around? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is "no, it cannot."

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Pixel 4a iFixit teardown reveals a trap-laden puzzle

Pixel 4a iFixit teardown reveals a trap-laden puzzle

The Pixel 4a's less than premium body normally implies a less than rugged phone. On the upside, that usually means a phone that's also easy to open up and repair. If the Pixel 3a was anything to go by, iFixit's silent, or should we say ASMR-inspired, teardown should be straightforward and uneventful. Unfortunately, they do say looks can be deceiving and the Pixel 4a definitely falls into that category, lulling technicians into a sense of security before springing its cable traps to snare their tools.

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Galaxy Note 20’s different cooling systems is not a problem, says iFixit

Galaxy Note 20’s different cooling systems is not a problem, says iFixit

Some Samsung fans are still reeling over the processor gap between the Snapdragon and Exynos variants of the Galaxy S20 so it isn't surprising when people immediately jumped on the news about the Galaxy Note 20's cooling systems. When iFixit confirmed that a number of models are using graphene instead of the much-touted copper vapor cooling chamber, people immediately got worried about overheating problems and discrepancies in Samsung's latest flagship. iFixit is now setting the record straight to calm everyone, explaining that there shouldn't be any need to worry, at least without further scientific evidence.

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Galaxy Note 20 teardowns expose two weird mysteries

Galaxy Note 20 teardowns expose two weird mysteries

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Note 20 have revealed their inner secrets - or some of them, at least - with a teardown of both new S Pen flagships revealing some of the unexpected decisions Samsung made in designing its latest phones. Put on sale just last week, the Note 20 series comes in two different variations in the US - one 6.7-inches, and the other 6.9-inches, though the changes don't stop at screen size - though versions outside of the US can come with different processors and don't always have 5G.

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Alleged Apple AirPower prototype hints at what went wrong

Alleged Apple AirPower prototype hints at what went wrong

It's so rare for Apple to backtrack on an already announced products that when it does, it almost amounts to a big scandal for the company. That's certainly the atmosphere in March last year when Apple finally confirmed what everyone was already expecting. While it never really disclosed the technical reason for the AirPower wireless charging mat's cancellation, a teardown video of what was claimed to be a prototype could confirm what almost everyone was already presuming back then.

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ASUS ROG Phone 3 teardown has some good news for gamers

ASUS ROG Phone 3 teardown has some good news for gamers

Razer may have started the whole gaming smartphone trend but it seems that ASUS is the one that's taking it to the extreme. Of course, ASUS' ROG Phones have also been the most expensive among its peers so buyers will want to know they're getting they're money's worth. That will partly depend on how well the phone performs which, in turn, depends on how cool it can stay under pressure. Fortunately, JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson was willing to sacrifice the ROG Phone 3's screen to find the answer.

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Galaxy Watch 3 iFixit teardown is a bit reassuring

Galaxy Watch 3 iFixit teardown is a bit reassuring

Next to our smartphones, no other mobile device may be in more danger of damage or wear and tear than the one that's always exposed to the elements. Smartwatches often come with some IP dust and water resistance rating and some even boast of a MIL-STD certification for extra ruggedness. Sooner or later, however, these wearables will eventually need to be repaired and, fortunately, the new Galaxy Watch 3 won't be much of a chore even for third-party technicians.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 teardown reveals good news for DIYers

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 teardown reveals good news for DIYers

The team at iFixit has published its teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, the company's latest smartwatch model. As with past teardowns, the process meticulously disassembles the smartwatch, detailing each step of the process, the components found within the watch, and it is all joined by information on how difficult the watch will be for the average person to repair. Spoiler alert: DIYers may be pleased.

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Galaxy Buds Live teardown is revealing and almost painless

Galaxy Buds Live teardown is revealing and almost painless

Given their size, it's almost too easy to take Truly Wireless Stereo or TWS earbuds for granted, that is until you remember how much a pair cost you. Still, considering how relatively cheaper these tiny accessories are compared to the smartphones they're paired with, some people probably see all but the most expensive buds almost like disposable products. Of course, that doesn't mean they can't be repaired and Galaxy Buds Live, a.k.a. "Galaxy Beans", owners will be happy to know theirs is one of the easiest to repair in the market.

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2020 27-inch iMac teardown reveals the empty space inside

2020 27-inch iMac teardown reveals the empty space inside

Apple just announced a refresh of its largest iMac with some of the highest specs you would be able to get from that all-in-one computer family. Of course, you might not be able to tell just by looking at it because the very familiar face hides all the upgrades inside. It's not all upgrades, however, as Apple did remove something important and its absence leaves a literal empty spot inside this year's 5K 27-inch iMac.

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OnePlus Nord iFixit teardown has no surprises and that’s a good thing

OnePlus Nord iFixit teardown has no surprises and that’s a good thing

The OnePlus Nord is probably one of the most affordable 5G phones in the market today, that was until Samsung launched the Galaxy A51 5G in the US where the Nord has yet to set foot in. The latest from the flagship killer still has some appeal to it, especially for those who have no love for Samsung's One UI experience and relatively slower updates. That said, OnePlus did cut some corners when it came to the phone's durability but that may have ironically made the OnePlus Nord easier to repair.

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PlayStation 5 hardware leak shows potential easy repairs, mods, upgrades

PlayStation 5 hardware leak shows potential easy repairs, mods, upgrades

Bits of the next Sony PlayStation video game console seem to have leaked this week from a production floor in Asia. The look of the PlayStation 5 isn't a secret - not on the outside, anyway. Sony already revealed what the console would look like from a couple of angles. The imagery we're seeing today gives us a bit of insight into how the console will feel in real life - a real-world sense of how these curves will really impact our lives the moment we start to tear the console down.

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