Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Teardown Reveals Spartan, Efficient Design

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-06-09
 
 
 

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

The Series 5 Chromebook comes in arctic white, pictured, as well as titan silver.

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

Left Side View

Behold the power connector, fan vent, rubber door for mini-VGA and USB ports, and a headphone/microphone jack. The SD reader is on the front left face of the machine. The right side sports a door for a USIM card and another USB port.

Left Side View

Inside

Like Google's Cr-48 Chrome OS test model, the Series 5 offers a separate motherboard and I/O board layout with mini-PCIe cards for WWAN, WiFi. There is also flash memory as well as an Intel NM10 graphics card. However, the Atom N570 processor in the Series 5 includes 512K more L2 cache than the Cr-48's Atom N455.

Inside

Battery

Series 5 uses a Samsung lithium polymer battery, which the company claimed is good for 8.1 Amp. With the Intel Atom chip, the battery lasts for 8.5 hours, fully charged. Interestingly, while the Cr-48's battery is accessible from the outside of the machine, the Series 5 must be opened to swap out the battery.

Battery

Connections

The Qualcomm Gobi2000 WWAN board includes Qualcomm MDM2000, Samsung K4X56323PI 32 MB Mobile DRAM, Qualcomm RFR6500 receiver and the Qualcomm RTR6285 UMTS transceiver with GPS.

Connections

WiFi Board

The Series 5 includes this Atheros AR9382 802.11n WiFi chip with XSPAN.

WiFi Board

Solid State Storage

Here's that lightweight SanDisk SDSA4DH-016G SSD card everyone was talking about as providing the minimum of internal storage Google asked for. Google told eWEEK it wanted to use even less, but computer makers Samsung and Acer declined.

Solid State Storage

Processor

Next, iFixit bares the brain of the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook: the aforementioned Atom chip and NM10 graphics card. Remarkably, iFixit said this chip combo produces such little heat that no cooling fins are used at the fan's exhaust.

Processor

Motherboard

The Series 5 motherboard houses the Intel Atom dual-core processor, graphics card, Realtek ALC272 4-Channel High Definition Audio Codec, Samsung 2 GB DD3 SDRAM, clock generator and fan controller.

Motherboard

Speaker

Chromebook's speakers are held in place by strips of tape, iFixit observed, adding: "No word on how they sound just yet but judging by their diminutive size and fabric domes, they probably won't be popping eardrums anytime soon."

Speaker

TouchPad Controller

For those who hated the CR-48's trackpad, the Synaptics T1320A Capacitive Touchpad Controller used in the Series 5 is reportedly much smoother and more responsive.

TouchPad Controller

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