Xbox One S Teardown Yields 8 Out Of 10 Repairability Score

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The recent Xbox One S went on sale yesterday, as expected, and today the teardown experts at iFixit have done what they do best - hold the thing apart. The Xbox One S comes with an improved GPU which supports HDR10, 2Tera Bytes (TB) of storage (500GB and 1Tera Bytes (TB) options will launch soon), HDMI 2.0a connectivity with support for 4K video at 60Hz, a redesigned wireless controller, a vertical stand, and mechanical buttons. It's identified as Model 1681.

The Xbox One S uses a MediaTek chip for Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity, a 5,400 RPM SATA III Seagate hard drive with 32Mega Bytes (MB) cache, while the BD-UHD drive is made by Philips and Lite-On. The recent internal power supply in the console accepts 100-240V inputs and is fanless. Underneath a 120mm fan and an aluminum heat sink and a copper heat pipe set sit AMD's "Jaguar" octa-core Central Processing Units (CPU) and 914 Mega Hertz (MHz) Radeon GPU. Random-Access Memory (RAM) is provided by Samsung, and the eMMC NAND is made by Toshiba.

The console's recent wireless controller is very similar on the inside to the recent one. The poor thing about it is that once you hold it apart, you'll be hard pressed to put it back together, unless you're handy with a soldering iron.

The repairability score for the Xbox One S is 8 out of 10 (where 10 means easiest to repair). Only a few tools are required to tear down the console, and its internals benefit from a modular design that allows easy replacement of the drives, fan, heat sink, wireless board, and front daughterboard. What's more, thanks to fewer interlocking body panels and a simpler clip arrangement, the One S is easier to open than the One. On the flip side, replacing your hard drive will void your warranty as well as require "some difficult hackery to create it serviceable", iFixit concludes.

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