Samsung Galaxy S6 teardown

Time to see what makes the new Samsung Galaxy S6 tick. Is this handset any easier to repair than the S6 Edge?

Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy S6 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, just as with the S6 Edge, the S6 is not what you'd call an easily repairable handset. Again, this handset is sealed with lots of glue that necessitates the use of the iOpener to get past it all. And again the battery is hidden behind the midframe, making it difficult to replace.

Getting at the battery is doable - in fact it's easier than for the S6 Edge - but you will need specialist tools, a lot of patience, and you will undoubtedly add a few dollars to the swear jar, especially if you happen to break the display or tear a cable.

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 64-bit processor (2.1 GHz quad + 1.5 GHz quad)
  • Samsung K3RG3G30MM-DGCH 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Samsung KLUBG4G1BD 32GB NAND flash
  • Skyworks 78041 Hybrid Multimode Multiband (MMMB) Front-End Module (FEM)
  • Avago AFEM-9020 PAM
  • Broadcom BCM4773 GNSS Location Hub
  • Samsung C2N8AF (possibly image processor)
  • Avago A7007
  • Wolfson Microelectronics WM1840 Audio Codec
  • Samsung S2MPS15
  • Samsung Shannon 928 RF Transceiver
  • Maxim MAX77843 Companion PMIC
  • Maxim MAX98505 Class DG Audio Amplifier
  • Samsung Shannon 600B5D
  • STMicro FT6BH touchscreen controller

All-in-all, the S6 is easier to repair than the S6 Edge, but only just. But that's pretty much par of the course for all modern smartphones.

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