Cracking Open the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Cracking Open the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Inside the 4G Android smartphone he found hardware from Samsung, VIA Telecom, FCI, and Texas Instruments.

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  • In December 2011, Samsung launched its much-anticipated Galaxy Nexus smartphone. It's the latest device to run on Verizon's 4G LTE network, and the first to run the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's Android OS.

    Our friends at iFixit got their hands on an unlocked, UK version of the Galaxy Nexus and cracked it open last month. But as my teardown shows, Verizon's version may look the same on the outside, but much of the hardware inside is different. Follow along as I go inside the first US version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

  • As of this writing, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is available (in the US) from Verizon for $299.99 (US) with a two-year contract. I bought our Galaxy Nexus test device (sans contract) from a local Best Buy location for $799.99 (plus tax).

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

Topics: Hardware, Google, Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Cracking Open the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    8MP camera? Is there a difference in the Verizon version or is this just a typo?
    fsupete
    • RE: Cracking Open the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

      @fsupete Seriously!!! A lighted cover integrated with reserve battery. http://www.solarmio.com/en/OnlineStore.aspx
      sreeseche
  • Processor?

    Wait, what? Doesn't the Galaxy Nexus have the OMAP 4460? Isn't the Galaxy S2 the one with the Exynos 4210?
    dr2ww62
    • RE: Cracking Open the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

      @dr2ww62 Yes, it has the OMAP 4460: http://phandroid.com/2011/12/16/no-the-verizon-galaxy-nexus-does-not-have-an-exynos-chip-teardown/
      Iceman0803