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Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook Cracked Open

Leaving smartphones and tablets aside, iFixit has torn down the new Samsung Series 5 3G chromebook laptop, which runs on ChromeOS, on the day it was officially launched.

The laptop only needed three tools to open it and landed a respectable six out of ten repairability score. The teardown revealed nothing exciting except the capacitive touchscreen controller, the Synaptics T1320A, which iFixit found under the keyboard.(Ed that was a capacitive touchpad rather than touchscreen chip).

The rest of the hardware is pretty much well documented; there's an Atom N570 processor, which is clocked at 1.66GHz, has two cores and 1MB cache, more than the chip found on the CR48.

iFixit says that the Atom (opens in new tab) and its NM10 chipset do not need any cooling fins because of the negligible amount of heat produced. There's 2GB RAM soldered on the motherboard, a 16GB Sandisk SSD (SanDisk SDSA4DH-016G) and a 60Whr battery that's produced by Samsung and cannot be replaced without opening the case.

The repair specialist did not comment on the screen or on other components but mentioned that it comes with a 12.1-inch 1280x800 pixel screen, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS and Verizon 3G WWAN connectivity, SD card reader and two USB ports and a mini VGA port.

It will be interesting to find out whether Samsung will be using that capacitive controller in a future version of the Chromebook.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.