Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Torn Apart

Paul Lilly

The cool thing about watching someone else tear apart a piece of electronics equipment is that you get to see the guts without compromising your own gear. There's always the risk that when you put everything back together, it won't fire up, or you'll be left with a fist-full of extra parts that probably needed to go somewhere. In this case, Google's Chromebook won't ship to the general public until June 15, 2011, but do-it-yourself repair site iFixIt managed to get a Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook well ahead of its launch and did what any responsible site would do in this situation -- it gutted the Chromebook for a techtastic autopsy.

We already know what the Series 5 3G is packing in, around, and underneath the hood -- 12.1-inch LED display, Intel Atom N570 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, 16GB SSD, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, two USB 2.0 ports, and an SD card reader -- but there are still some things to be learned by taking it apart.

According to iFixIt's teardown, the big differences between the Series 5 3G Chromebook and the Cr-48 include:

  • You can remove and/or upgrade the RAM in the Cr-48, whereas the memory is soldered to the Series 5's motherboard.
  • The Cr-48's battery sits outside of the machine for easy access; the Series 5 has to be opened up to get at the battery.
  • The Series 5 sports a dual-core Atom N570 processor, upgraded from the CR-48's single-core Atom N455.

You can view the full teardown with plenty of clear photos here .

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