Teardown of Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook: What’s Inside

Back in May we told readers about the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and taking a first look at specs it seemed pretty impressive. Running on the Google ChromeOS this slim-design laptop also features a 12.1-inch display, a dual-core 1.66GHz processor and dual-band 802.11 WiFi with Verizon 3G option. Now we have details of a teardown for you so you can see what’s going on inside.

Whereas the Cr-48 Chromebook had some serious failings, the Samung Series 5 Chromebook puts those mistakes right and adds polish too. With good styling, impressive battery life and great performance this should appeal to many consumers. The teardown comes to us courtesy of the team at iFixit, infamous for such intricate looks at tech products and as usual with teardowns we’d advise you not to use it as instructions for taking your own devices apart. Best to leave it to the experts!

First off we’re reminded that the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is the first ChromeOS notebook for the public. The exterior shows two USB ports, headphone/microphone jack, SD reader and door for a USIM card. Once inside the Chromebook highlights include the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 processor with 512k more L2 cache than the Atom N455 in the Cr-48. Another excellent feature is the large lithium-polymer battery giving 8+ hours of battery life. On taking a look at the motherboard some of the main components include an Intel NM10 Express Chipset (labeled as CG82NM10), 2GB RAM: Samsung K4B2G0846 HCH9 2 Gb DD3 SDRAM (total of 8 ICs = 2 GB RAM), 16 GB SanDisk SDSA4DH-016G SSD and Realtek ALC272 4-Channel High Definition Audio Codec.

As the step-by-step deconstruction takes place there are comparisons made between the previous Cr-48 with the Series 5 Chromebook and the conclusion of the teardown gives the Chromebook a repairability score of 6 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair. Plus points include the fact that the display is easily removeable and SSD, Wi-Fi and other components are modules that can be independently replaced. However the RAM is not replaceable and the battery can only be removed on opening up the case.

It’s a fascinating look inside what appears to be a promising notebook. Take a look at the images and see more at the iFixit link above and you can see just how involved these teardowns are. Once again we take our hats off to the iFixit team. What are your thoughts on the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook? Will you be purchasing this notebook? Let us know with your comments.