Friday, 19 August 2016 09:04

Samsung Galaxy Note7 – teardown

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IFixit has completed its “teardown” of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 and its conclusion is that the technology of the device exceeds even Samsung’s traditional “marketing hype”.

It says, "Samung has been taking some impressive notes on smartphone trends. iTWire concurs and its “week one” review is here.

The teardown notes that:

  • The S Pen’s Wacom-powered, ultrasensitive note taking may even make fingers redundant. It's new and improved S Pen (complete with can’t-get-stuck feature) stacks up well against Microsoft’s Surface Pen and Apple’s Pencil. More pocketable and powerful, it bests the competition with a scan rate of 360 Hz and senses 4,096 levels of pressure – compared to the Pencil’s 240 Hz and the Surface Pen’s 1024 levels of sensitivity.
  • The IR blaster/sensor pair that makes up the iris scanner could spell the end of the fingerprint reader. It's a two-part system: an infrared blaster illuminates your iris with invisible light, to get photographed and analysed by an extra special front-facing camera.
  • The phone’s preponderance of waterproofing methods earns it a hefty IP68 rating
  • While the Note7 earned 4/10 on its repairability scale, many of the components are modular and can be replaced independently. The lower score comes from the use of strong adhesive on the rear glass that makes it difficult to get into the phone. Replacing the front glass without destroying the display is also probably impossible.

iFixit refers to it as a GS7 Edge+pen, and that is what it is – a .2” larger screen, but there are some subtle differences. It has a slightly smaller (100mAh) battery, is 12g heavier and .2m thicker to accommodate the S Pen, Iris scanning, USB-C, and a lighter TouchWiz user interface that will be seen on the rest of the S7 series with the Android Nougat update.

You can read the full teardonw here.

 

GN7 teardown

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