We love teardowns and the interesting discoveries they bring, and it’s been a while since we talked about one. If you’re interested in what these “surgeries” reveal, you can have a look at our previous stories on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the Xbox One and the Play Station 4. This team, the repair team over at iFixit has taken apart the Samsung Galaxy S5 and we were curious to see what they’ve discovered.
- Easily removable case – many early reviewers haven’t praised Samsung Galaxy S5’s case, mainly because it’s made of plastic and feels really cheap and not safe. However, despite this fact, the team over at iFixit is more interested in the repairability aspect of the smartphone. Thus, they’ve discovered that the back case is easily removable, and “peels of like a banana” as you only need to use your opposable thumb to do it.
- Removable battery and microSD slot – another aspect which concerns removable objects is with regards to the battery and the microSD slot. The repair team say that with this move, Samsung is “promoting the DIY lifestyle”, as battery replaceable and user installed. The microSD slot can also be quickly accessed. The battery is slightly better than the one on the SGS4 and can be quickly mounted.
- Harder to repair than the SGS4 – the most important discovery of the entire teardown process is that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is trickier to repair than its ancestor. In order to replace any of the internals, you now have to remove the display and this process isn’t that easy. After removing the rear case, there’s a midframe, and between it and the display assembly, there’s another one; which has caused the repairability score to drop quite seriously – 5 out of 10.
- The innards – the teardown has uncovered that the Samsung Galaxy S5 uses a Maxim heart rate sensor chip and a Synaptics fingerprint reader and that it comes with the same 2 GB RAM package found in the HTC One (M8). The heart rate monitor is located beneath the 16 megapixel rear camera. Quite a lot of chips from Qualcomm – the audio codec, RF transceiver, receive-only companion chip