updated 10:00 am EDT, Wed June 8, 2011
Samsung Series 5 3G ChromeBook is taken apart
IFixIt has torn down the Series 5 3G ChromeBook and revealed the hardware underneath its skin. All that was required for the teardown was a spudger, a plastic opening tool and a Philips #1 screwdriver. The notebook is also slimmer than the original ChromeBook, the Google Cr-48. It also houses a more competent Atom N455 processor with 512K more of L2 cache compared to the 1.66GHz Atom N570.
Between the CPU and NM10 graphics chip, heat is not an issue as no fins are needed at the fan’s exhaust. Otherwise, the lithium-polymer battery is rated at 8.1Amp-hours at 7.4 Volts. The touch controls are handled by a Synaptics T1320A Capacitive Touchpad Controller. There is also 2GB of RAM in the form of Samsung’s K4B2G0846 HCH9. A 16GB SSD provides storage space. Realtek’s ALC272 is the four-channel audio codec.
IFixIt concluded that the Samsung notebook’s SSD, Wi-Fi and WWAN along with other components are separate and can be replaced freely and independently. The display is also very simple to change but the RAM is not replaceable and the battery cannot be removed without opening the case. The mostly plastic construction also makes the netbook feel cheap, the editors say.
Removing the Wi-Fi board
Removing the motherboard
Final layout of torn-down parts