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Samsung's easy-to-repair Galaxy Note 10.1 gets torn apart by iFixit

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iFixit has taken apart and gutted Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1, revealing an easily repairable tablet.

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Less than a week after its release, iFixit has already pried open and gutted Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, and while we were less than impressed by the tablet's outward-facing performance, the device's internals should at least make for rather painless repairs. The usual suspects of chips, ribbons, ports, and a motherboard were present, all of which are fortunately easy to access and remove with the help of a Phillips screwdriver and a few specialized tools. The device's S Pen, however, was left untouched.

Once inside, iFixit found a 25.90Whr battery rated at 7,000 mAh, which unsurprisingly makes up for most of the tablet's weight, but has a much smaller capacity than the one found in Apple's newest iPad. The front glass and digitizer of the Galaxy Note 10.1 can be separated from the LCD, avoiding the difficult and expensive act of replacing the unit as a whole. To make the potential repair process even easier, they found that the motherboard's EMI shield was attached by screws, which iFixit claims is the first for any device they've seen. All in all, the Galaxy Note 10.1 received a rapairability rating of eight out of ten, besting even Asus' Nexus 7 and absolutely demolishing the latest iPad's two out of ten rating.