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Zune HD teardown

I love teardowns, which is why one of my favorite websites is iFixit (I like the site because they tear stuff down so I don't have to!). Today they take a brand new Zune HD and strip it down for us.

I love teardowns, which is why one of my favorite websites is iFixit (I like the site because they tear stuff down so I don't have to!). Today they take a brand new Zune HD and strip it down for us.

And sparing no expense, they rip apart a 32GB "Platinum" Zune HD!

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Some highlights of the teardown:

  • iFixit describe the OLED screen as "cutting-edge technology" and "something we haven't seen in any Apple devices yet." It's 1mm thin and seems more rugged than LCD panels
  • The Zune is lightweight at 2.6 oz (74g), some 35% lighter than a comparable iPod touch.
  • The device is held together with with tamper-proof tri-wind screws.
  • There doesn't seem to be any warranty-voiding stickers to mess with when taking the device apart, and iFixit describe the Zune HD as "both pretty and serviceable at the same time."
  • The processor is an NVIDIA Tegra 2600 processor supporting OpenGL ES 2.0 and programmable pixel shaders. That one chip is a CPU, GPU, northbridge, southbridge and memory controller all in one package.
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  • To the left of the Tegra is the Kionix KXSD9 accelerometer.
  • There also a SiPORT HD Radio receiver (the HD stands for Hybrid Digital) which supports AM, FM, HD Radio, Microsoft MSN Direct Data Services, and a whole host of other frequencies (including Weather Band) and Hynix H5MS1G22MFP J3M 926A DDR SDRAM.
  • The battery capacity is 660 mAh. That's about 16% less than the 789 mAh battery in the new iPod touch.
  • WiFi is handled by an Atheros AR6002 which, unlike the chip inside the new iPod touch, this does not support 802.11n.

For more inside shots, visit iFixit.

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