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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Get Low Repairability Score in iFixit Teardown

Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones are yet to be released by Samsung in many markets, including India. However, DIY repair authority iFixit has brought a detailed teardown to reveal the internals of the new Galaxy S9 series flagship smartphones. While we already know that the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have faster processors, better cameras, AKG-tuned dual speakers for enhanced audio, and AR Emojis, among other features, the iFixit teardown assessment reveals many other features.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Get Low Repairability Score in iFixit Teardown

While there were no surprises found in the specifications department, not unusual as most Android phones are released with detailed list of hardware components (unlike Apple devices), iFixit claimed that the internal design of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ "a welcome respite" from its recent destructive teardowns. The iFixit teardown of the two smartphones reveals that several of its components are modular and can be replaced independently. It also added that replacing the batteries is technically possible, but accessing it is an "unnecessary challenge".

As far as the Galaxy S9 is concerned, the report says that the front and back glass in the smartphone leads to double the crackability. Additionally, the strong adhesive also makes it tough to access the internals in case of repairs. Also, due to the curved screen, replacing the front glass without destroying the display is extremely difficult.

When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S9+, the iFixit teardown report says that the display and rear glass have increased the chance of breakage, which also makes repairs difficult to start. It added that in order to replace the screen, one needs to remove the glass rear panel and disassemble the entire handset while managing the tough adhesive. In conclusion, iFixit gave both the smartphones a repairability score of 4 out of 10.

In terms of battery, the iFixit folks found that the 3.85 V, 3500mAh battery weighing in at 13.48Wh in the Galaxy S9+ was the same as the one found in the Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 7. Coming to biometrics, iFixit concluded that it may have been too ambitious of Samsung to "jump on Apple's Animoji train without a hardware update to bring it up to speed."

After every smartphone's launch, several technology websites jump on the bandwagon of reviewing them but iFixit's teardowns are quite popular. As the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will go on sale in India on March 16, you now know what they pack on the inside just in time.
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