Ifixit Disassembled Second-Generation Google Nexus 7
Surely almost all our readers have heard about the iFixit laboratory, one of the projects of which is the study of the maintainability of all kinds of gadgets. Having disassembled a particular device, iFixit gives it a rating of 1 to 10, which sometimes in disputes over which smartphone is better plays a role no less important than some other characteristics. This time, the goal of iFixit was the second-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet introduced a couple of days ago, which, as it turned out, has a fairly high degree of maintainability, but this is not all the news about the gadget stuffing.
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According to DigiTimes, referring to informed sources among suppliers, the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is scheduled for July this year, although it says that the price of the device with 16 GB of internal flash memory will be 229. Such a price will allow avoiding direct competition with entry-level devices of other manufacturers. While many vendors are competing in price and lowering the cost of their tablets, Google intends to maintain the price range of 199-249 for the segment of 7-inch models. Detailed specifications of the second generation Nexus 7 tablet
As stated on the iFixit website, there are major changes in the complexity of repairs compared to the original Google nexus 7 Did not happen. The battery of the tablet is still firmly glued to the case, and in order to separate the display, you need to heat using a special device. Despite this, the body itself “pills” it is easy to open with a plastic tool and many parts are replaceable, so iFixit gave the tablet 7 points out of 10, which is a pretty good result.
A surprise was the processor inside the device, which turned out to be the fifth-generation Qualcomm chip. Snapdragon 600, not the fourth, Snapdragon S4 Pro, as Google itself claims. The fact is that the chipset labeled APQ8064 is indeed part of the Snapdragon S4 Pro family, but the processor is accurately marked in the new Nexus 7. APQ8064-1AA, and its characteristics do not allow us to rank the chip in the Snapdragon S4 Pro line. The specified chipset received four Krait 300 cores and 2 GB of DDR3L RAM specific to the Snapdragon 600, while Snapdragon S4 Pro chipsets have Krait 200 cores and LPDDR2 RAM. The only difference between the specifications of the APQ8064-1AA and the official specifications of the Snapdragon 600 is the clock speed. While according to official data, the Snapdragon 600 processor can operate at a frequency of 1.7 GHz, the second-generation Google Nexus 7 chip can operate at a maximum frequency of only 1.5 GHz.
Well, a chipset that cannot be clearly attributed to any of Qualcomm’s families. a rather amusing thing, and although it raises many questions, it nevertheless clarifies something. Firstly, it is clear why in the early leaks two processors were spoken at once in approximately the form “Snapdragon APQ8064 / Snapdragon 600”, but it was not specified what exactly it means. And secondly, it became clear why in the early benchmarks the new Google tablet outperformed other devices with a seemingly the same Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. In any case, the secret of Google Nexus 7 of the second generation is revealed, and we have no doubt that the first unofficial firmware for the tablet will soon appear, which will allow us to overclock the processor to 1.7 or even 1.9 GHz to get “honest” Snapdragon 600.