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2DS Teardown Reveals Single LCD Panel

by Jeff Cork on Oct 16, 2013 at 05:05 AM

Nintendo's 2DS handheld ditches the 3D functionality of the 3DS as well as its folding design. One of the benefits of those decisions is that the system costs less than its sibling – $130 versus $160. Someone's taken one of the new devices apart, confirming another way Nintendo was able to shave some of those bucks off the price.

USgamer reported that the 2DS was built around a single LCD panel instead of the 3DS' two individual displays, and a Facebook post by Rose Colored Gaming confirms it. The device's plastic front bezel completes the illusion that you're looking at two screens, while it's actually one larger panel.

[Source: Rose Colored Gaming via Polygon]


Our Take
This isn't a bombshell discovery by any means, but it's an interesting example of how companies find ways to streamline production and cut costs. It's a pretty clever solution, actually.