Project Tango Tablet Teardown at iFixit Reveals NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC


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We've shared a few stories regarding Google's unique 3D-mapping idea called Project Tango. (For those who missed it, the technology is a smartphone and a tablet that can create a highly detailed 3D model of the surrounding environment. It does this using several on-board cameras.) Not too long ago, Google released 200 units of the smartphone portion to developers, and they released 4,000 units of the Project Tango tablet to developers.

Luckily, the folks at iFixit got their hands on one and decided to practice their surgical skills on it. The results were quite revealing as it turns out the specs are very beefy, including a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and much more. Here's the full lusty list,
  • 7" HD 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) touchscreen display
  • 120 degree front-facing camera + 4 MP RGB-IR rear-facing camera along with a 170 degree motion tracking camera
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB flash memory, expandable via microSD
Obviously it makes sense that a device designed to create realistic 3D maps of the surrounding environment will need to have some high-tech specs, but this easily qualifies as the top of the curve.

In the end, the folks at iFixit gave the Project Tango tablet a repairability of score of 4 out of 10, which is obviously below average (but comes as no surprise). Here's a quote with their final assessment,

  • Rear case is super easy to open with no screws or adhesives—only plastic clips.
  • Several cables cover the battery and make it a pain to remove—but at least you don't need to melt adhesive.
  • Low modularity—several components soldered to the same components makes replacement parts more expensive.
  • Complex internal construction—this thing is full of cables and not at all fun to disassemble or reassemble.
Source: iFixit