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Galaxy Nexus teardown reveals plenty of goodies

The first Ice Cream Sandwich is filled with plenty of treats in the middle.


The team at iFixit has been busy tearing down the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus to see how much silicon sweetness is in the center of this first Android Ice Cream Sandwich phone. They found plenty, and lots of it is from Texas.

Texas Instruments had already confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus was carrying its OMAP 4460 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and iFixit's teardown reveals other TI components handling some audio and power management. Bosch, Melfas, Intel, and of course Samsung are among the other manufacturers whose chips make an appearance in the preliminary teardown.

Peeling back the battery wrapper reveals... an NFC antenna! iFixit

Among some of the unique or less common features revealed--Bosch's pressure sensor enables the phone's advertised "barometer" feature, and an antenna mounted beneath the battery's foil cover makes near-field communication (NFC) possible for services like Google Wallet.

Overall, iFixit gives the Galaxy Nexus 6 out of 10 on its repair-ability scale, with 10 being the easiest to repair. Minimal solder and adhesive make for more user-friendly fixes, but damage to the phone's face could be problematic as the glass, display, and frame are fused together making for a potentially costly replacement. In other words, keep this one out of the elements like you would with any other ice cream sandwich, and it's likely to stay yummy.

Be sure to check out the full teardown with many more glamour shots here.

More ingredients than your average ice cream sandwich... iFixit