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Surface gets teardown treatment, costs $271 to build the 32GB model

Microsoft's Surface tablets gets teardown treatment, BOM is $271 for the 32GB model.

Published Mon, Nov 5 2012 3:27 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Teardown treatments give me two feelings, the first of which is joy - at looking at the innards of the device on the operating table. Secondly, a feeling of sickness - because I couldn't imagine busting my $500+ device open.

Surface gets teardown treatment, costs $271 to build the 32GB model |

Microsoft's first foray into the tablet world, Surface, has been torn down to find it's Build of Materials (BOM) is $271 for the base 32GB model without the cover.

The main components baked into the Surface is NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, the display and memory chips, both of which come from Samsung. IHS analyst and head of the teardown team, Andrew Rassweiler, said that Microsoft are using the low-priced ($499) 32GB Surface slate as a base, hoping to reel in consumers to buy the high-end models with the Touch Cover and higher internal storage models.


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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