Take a peek inside the brains and guts of the new Google Nexus 7 tablet and then compare it to the iPad 3, the Kindle Fire, and this fish. Not surprisingly, they all share some similarities. Here's the component list:
• NVIDIA T30L Tegra 3 processor—plenty fast brain.
• 1GB of Hynix HTC2G83CFR DDR3 RAM—the same kind used in the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
• AzureWave AW-NH665 wireless module—for Wi-Fi connectivity.
• Broadcom BCM4751 integrated monolithic GPS receiver—for tracking your whereabouts.
• Invensense MPU-6050 gyro and accelerometer—for gaming and stuff.
• Kingston KE44B-26BN/8GB 8GB flash—the storage.
• 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera only—because back-facing cameras are stupid in tablets.
• Hydis HV070WX2 7-inch, 1280x800 HD display—a nice resolution for a seven incher.
Gorilla Glass is fused to the display—so you have to change both if one breaks.
Update: Actually, there's no Gorilla Glass in the Nexus. It's just scratch resistant glass, Google told us.
The iFixit people also noticed a lot of copper alloy heat sinks, which lead them to assume that Asus was worried about heat dissipation in a package that is only 1 millimeter thicker than the iPad 3. [ifixit]