iFixit Tears Down Microsoft Surface, Reveals It’s More Repairable Than iPad

Folks over at iFixit have taken apart Microsoft’s newly launched Surface tablet and have given it a better repairability score than the iPad. The iPad received merely 2 out of a possible 10 while the Surface ended up with a repairability score of 4.

The famous gadget repair site found it rather difficult to remove the rear panel and equally tricky to access the LCD, thanks to 17 Torx screws used to fasten the rear panel. This is the reason why it gets a rather low repairability score as compared to gadgets like iPhone 5 which received the title of “the most repairable iPhone ever”. However, once you’ve gone through the pains of removing the back panel, the battery is easily removed, which can’t be said for most of the device’s other parts.

Additionally, iFixit discovered a NVIDIA 1.4 GHz Tegra 3 Processor and NAND flash storage from Samsung. Here’a full list of identified ICs on the device motherboard:

NVIDIA 1.4 GHz Tegra 3 Processor

Samsung KLMBG4GE4A 32 GB NAND Flash

Micron 2RE22 D9QBJ 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM

Texas Instruments TPS659110 power management IC

Marvell 88W8797-BMP2 wireless MIMO SoC

Wolfson 8962E low power audio codec

Cypress Semiconductor CY8C20466

A capacitive touchscreen controller

Ambient light sensor


Precarious wire

Dual Wi-Fi antennas