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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 gets high marks for repairability

The teardown experts at iFixit gave the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 high marks for repairability, praising the device's multiple connectors and easily removable battery.

"The Note scored an excellent 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale," iFixit said. "Samsung used good ol' Phillips screws, didn't glue the LCD to the front glass, and provided a modular internal layout. All of these aspects of the Note allow the device to be repaired inexpensively and without specialised tooling."

IFixit liked the fact that the innards of the Galaxy Note 10.1 were only locked behind a few screws and clips. "The screws are enough of a hassle to keep out meddling kids, but will by no means deter anyone who needs to fix anything inside," the organisation said.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 also boasts 16 connectors, which is a blessing from a repairability standpoint. "When components can be easily accessed and removed, repairs cost less and customers are more apt to fix their devices," iFixit said.

Meanwhile, the 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and the 2-megapixel front-facing camera are independent of one another and do not share a single cable.

Not surprisingly, the battery takes up much of the space inside the Galaxy Note 10.1 - or about 23 per cent of the 595 gram tablet.

The EMI shields that protect that device's motherboard components are screwed in - another plus, according to iFixit. Inside, the company spotted: a Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, 1.4GHz processor with integrated 3D graphics; Wacom W8008, which iFixit said was probably for the S Pen input; an Atmel mXT1664S touch-screen controller; Samsung KLMAG2GE4A NAND flash memory; and a Wolfson Audio WM1811AE audio codec.

"Repair enthusiasts everywhere rejoice! The front glass and LCD can be separated and replaced individually," iFixit concluded.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 arrived in the UK last week. For more on the tablet, check out Sascha Segan's review.

Samsung is expected to unveil the next-gen Galaxy Note 2 "phablet" at IFA next week.