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Cracking Open the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Bill Detwiler cracks open the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Inside this Android tablet, he found hardware from Nvidia, Samsung, SanDisk, and Broadcom.
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The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is Samsung's follow-up to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 (released in early 2011). We cracked open the earlier 7-inch Android tablet and couldn't resist giving its bigger brother the same treatment. Follow along as we crack open the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

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As of this writing, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available for $499.99 (US). The current versions only support Wi-Fi connectivity, but a 3G version through AT&T (in the US) is rumored to be launching later this year.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's back cover is held to the front panel display assembly with two tri-wing screws and strong adhesive tape. You'll need to gently pry the back cover away from the adhesive tape.

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A metal shield covers the 3.5mm headset jack. Judgeing from the cover's shape and the gap to the side of the headphone jack, I suspect this space will be used for the upcoming 3G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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There are no screws holding the main PCB to the front panel/display assembly. Once all the cables are disconnected, you can lift the main PCB away from the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Samsung made the most of the limited space inside the Galaxy Tab 10.1's 0.34-inch-thick case. The internal components are packed together and there's only one large PCB.

Looking at the chips on the main PCB, Samsung used many components found in other tablets, such as the Motorola XOOM, BlackBerry PlayBook, and HP TouchPad.

My only complaints about the tablet's construction are the use of tri-wing external screws, the adhesive tape used on the back cover, and the flimsy feel of the back cover itself.

I appriciate Samsung's efforts to reduce the Galaxy Tab 10.1's weight, but I would have preferred an aluminum cover or one made from a thicker plastic.

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