Google's Nexus 9 Gets Put Through the iFixit Teardown Treatment


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It's super-tablet news-day in the forums this rainy Wednesday morning. Here's another tablet story to follow-up the last. This one is an iFixit teardown of the new HTC-made Google Nexus 9 Android 5.0 lollipop tablet. Interesting, they figured out that the device has the same camera module found in the HTC Desire 610 smartphone.

Ultimately the device scored a lowly 3 out of 10 on repairability, but that is probably to be expected considering how tightly integrated HTC tends to pack their devices. Here's a final summary from the article,

Nexus 9 Repairability: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
  • The rear case is secured with clips, so it can be easily removed without heat or tools (just don't lose your rear-facing camera).

  • The battery is easy to get to, but glued in place. Thankfully, the adhesive is not so strong as to require heat to separate.

  • The interior is a maze of tape and thin, delicate cables, making disassembly and reassembly difficult and perilous.

  • The LCD is fused to the front glass, so you'll need to replace both components in the event of a cracked screen.

  • On top of that, the display glass is insanely very solidly glued to the midframe, making the replacement difficult unless you can source the whole assembly.

Source: iFixit