Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy S6 Edge has fallen into the hands of the repair (and disassembly) experts over at iFixit who have done with it what they do best -- taken it apart!
One thing that's pretty clear right from the start is that the days of the Galaxy S-series handsets having user-replaceable batteries are long gone. The handset is sealed up with copious amounts of glue -- requiring the use of an iOpener to get past it all -- with the battery itself being hidden behind the midframe. Getting in there is doable, but you will need specialist tools, a lot of patience, and possibly a swear jar. Also, if you crack the glass and try to carry out a repair, there's a good chance that you'll break the display in the process, making your day worse and you sadder.
Inside the S6 Edge the team came across a diverse array of parts, including a lot of Samsung-branded components:
- Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor - 64-bit, 2.1 GHz quad + 1.5 GHz Quad
- Samsung K3RG3G30MM-DGCH 3 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
- Samsung KLUBG4G1BD 32 GB NAND flash
- Skyworks 78041 hybrid multimode multiband (MMMB) front-end module (FEM)
- Avago AFEM-9020 PAM
- Wolfson Microelectronics WM1840 audio codec
- Maxim MAX98505 class DG audio amplifier
- Samsung N5DDPS3
- InvenSense MP65M 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope
- Samsung C2N89U
- Samsung Shannon 928 RF transceiver
- Broadcom BCM4773 GNSS location hub
- Maxim MAX77843 companion PMIC
That curved screen, while looking cool, is going to cost you if you crack it. According to iFixit, while a flat piece of glass might only cost $3, that curved piece of glass is $26 -- and we're just talking the glass here, not the actual display.
Another interesting discovery is that the USB 3.0 connector found in the Galaxy S5 has in the S6 Edge been downgraded to a USB 2.0 microUSB port.