Thursday, 20 April 2017 07:57

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ teardown

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iFixit has completed a teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S8/+ and notes that the battery voltage, capacity, and design tolerances, and even the manufacturer, are virtually identical to the Note7 which was recalled due to battery issues.

The professional teardown notes that Samsung is clearly confident that the Note7 battery issue was a manufacturing quality assurance one, and the S8 series’ battery is proof that it has faith in its eight-point plan.

The Galaxy 5.8” S8 teardown is here and the 6.2” S8+ is here and it is no surprise that apart from battery capacity and screen size they are internally identical with the S8+ having more space to accommodate the 17% larger capacity battery.

In Australia and most other international markets, Samsung uses its Exynos 8895, 10nm system on a chip. The 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (which is made in Samsung foundries) is used in certain markets mainly to accommodate different carrier bands – both have similar performance.

According to a performance check by Phone Arena, “On paper, those two chips sure sound pretty similar. The details may differ, but they're both trying to do largely the same things, and are crafted with some very similar-looking technologies. And that makes a lot of sense for the components that will drive a high-profile phone like the Galaxy S8: you don't want one edition being wildly more capable than the other.”

Phone Arena found that when it comes to performance, there's no obvious winner. The Exynos, however, showed superior battery-life endurance.

iFixit notes that the fingerprint reader on the S8 has been moved to an awkward new home on the rear. 

It notes that the rear camera module is the same as the S7 – a 12MP, OIS, large pixel, dual pixel, PADF, and HDR. 

The front camera module has gone to 8MP with iris and facial recognition, OIS, autofocus and added a live GIF mode (same as the Note 7).

It awards both a four out of 10 repairability score, noting that many components are modular and can be replaced independently. It loses some points because tough adhesive and a glued-on rear panel make battery replacement unnecessarily difficult and extreme care is needed to remove the front glass without destroying the display.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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