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It's been almost exactly a year since we tore down the Galaxy S5, but Samsung has leaped light-years ahead with the design of the Galaxy S6 Edge. Only a teardown will tell if its glass-and-aluminum construction and curved-edge screen make it as future-proof as it is futuristic. Join us as we venture forth to the Edge of the (newest) Galaxy.

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  1. This new handset has some serious six appeal. Notable upgrades include:
    • This new handset has some serious six appeal. Notable upgrades include:

      • 5.1" Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (1440 x 2560, ~577 ppi, 16M colors)

      • Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420 Processor with integrated Mali-T760 GPU and 3 GB memory

      • 16 MP rear camera with HDR, LED Flash, and 4K video recording

      • Built-in support for Qi and Powermat wireless charging

      • 32/64/128 GB storage options (but no microSD slot)

      • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 backing

  2. The Edge is on, and so far we're impressed. With its sleek curves and sharp display, the S6 is like an infinity pool in the palm of your hand... ...except that it feels a lot less ergonomic, and is a total fingerprint magnet. A quick peek from either side shows the Edge's information stream feature, bringing all of your important news, weather, and notifications to the side of your screen.
    • The Edge is on, and so far we're impressed. With its sleek curves and sharp display, the S6 is like an infinity pool in the palm of your hand...

      • ...except that it feels a lot less ergonomic, and is a total fingerprint magnet.

    • A quick peek from either side shows the Edge's information stream feature, bringing all of your important news, weather, and notifications to the side of your screen.

      • This way, when it's sitting on a table, you can see it from some (weird) new angles. Welcome to the future.

    • We catch a glimpse of the proximity and gesture sensors, as well as the front-facing camera—all sealed behind the Edge's Gorilla Glass.

  3. Living on the edge of the new Galaxy are the phone's speaker and microphone, as well as the audio jack and USB 2.0 port. This view looks familiar. The now-familiar heart rate monitor is visible below the LED flash, next to the rear camera.
    • Living on the edge of the new Galaxy are the phone's speaker and microphone, as well as the audio jack and USB 2.0 port.

    • The now-familiar heart rate monitor is visible below the LED flash, next to the rear camera.

    • A second microphone takes up residence on the top edge of the phone, along with the IR blaster and SIM tray.

    • Now for a look at the back of this cutting-edge device. We note the model number—SM-G925T—and get to work dispatching the back cover.

      • Samsung stepped up the chic factor on the S6 and S6 Edge, opting for a screw-free glass back. This isn't exactly the first time we've seen this design trend.

    • The rear panel is glued on rock-solid, and is a tight fit within the frame. Even with the adhesive patiently iOpened, we had to break out our Heavy Duty Suction Cup to slip in an opening pick. Definitely not fun.

    • Our Opening Picks are instrumental in revealing the inside of the Edge.

      • Even our slim picks have trouble defeating the edges of this glass.

    • With a little lot of help from our iOpener friend—and gobs of patience—we edge our way around the perimeter.

    • The back panel is removed (well, mostly). Underneath, we find a rather sticky situation... but it's nothing we can't handle.

  4. With a couple magic words (and some well-applied force), the adhered panel separates cleanly from the rest of the phone. With the panel finally off, the adhesive peels off the glass nicely, but leaves a sticky residue on the metal midframe. When we heard that the S6/S6 Edge shipped with a glass panel, we fell into 2011 flashback land; but after our sophisticated stress tests, it looks like glass has come a long way in four years.
    • With a couple magic words (and some well-applied force), the adhered panel separates cleanly from the rest of the phone.

    • With the panel finally off, the adhesive peels off the glass nicely, but leaves a sticky residue on the metal midframe.

    • When we heard that the S6/S6 Edge shipped with a glass panel, we fell into 2011 flashback land; but after our sophisticated stress tests, it looks like glass has come a long way in four years.

  5. In every previous Galaxy phone—including even the repair-challenged Galaxy S5 of last year—this is the part where we got to pop out the battery with a fingernail. Apparently Samsung wants to keep us disappointed, with a battery fully buried behind the midframe. Our old friends, screwdriver and plastic opening tool, jump into the fray to help out. At least it looks like we're done with adhesive—the midframe comes off pretty easily, showing off all the goodies under the hood.
    • In every previous Galaxy phone—including even the repair-challenged Galaxy S5 of last year—this is the part where we got to pop out the battery with a fingernail.

      • Apparently Samsung wants to keep us disappointed, with a battery fully buried behind the midframe.

    • Our old friends, screwdriver and plastic opening tool, jump into the fray to help out. At least it looks like we're done with adhesive—the midframe comes off pretty easily, showing off all the goodies under the hood.

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  7. With the midframe dispatched, we finally get a look at the battery and motherboard. Yet again, we are disappointed. The battery is still held captive, all the way under the motherboard.
    • With the midframe dispatched, we finally get a look at the battery and motherboard.

      • Yet again, we are disappointed. The battery is still held captive, all the way under the motherboard.

      • By this point, we're also accustomed to being able to remove the expandable memory, in the form of a MicroSD card. Where is it? Oh, that's right—Samsung eliminated it. If you need additional storage, you'd better pay for it up-front; there'll be no adding it later.

    • The midframe is littered with goodies—tons of spring contacts, an NFC/wireless charging coil, and a speaker.

    • We'd love to get the battery out now and take a look, but for the moment we'll have to settle for disconnecting it from the motherboard.

  8. Labelled antennas on the midframe, how cute. According to Samsung, the antennas are welded to the midframe via ultrasonic welding to provide stability and save on space.
    • Labelled antennas on the midframe, how cute.

    • According to Samsung, the antennas are welded to the midframe via ultrasonic welding to provide stability and save on space.

    • We also found a hole in the spacetime continuum midframe for the power button.

  9. With all of its connectors popped, the motherboard is almost free of the display—it shares the same wonky, wrong-side IO board connection that we first saw in the Galaxy S5. We pluck the main camera from the motherboard to get a better look at the hardware riding on its PCB: Winbond W25Q32FW Serial Flash Memory
    • With all of its connectors popped, the motherboard is almost free of the display—it shares the same wonky, wrong-side IO board connection that we first saw in the Galaxy S5.

    • We pluck the main camera from the motherboard to get a better look at the hardware riding on its PCB:

      • Winbond W25Q32FW Serial Flash Memory

      • InvenSense IDG-2030 dual axis gyroscope for optical image stabilization

    • The 16 MP OIS rear-facing camera dwarfs the 5 MP selfie cam.

  10. As ChipWorks noted in their recent Galaxy S6 analysis, more and more of the chips in Samsung's flagship phones seem to be originating in-house. On the front side of the mobo, we find:
    • As ChipWorks noted in their recent Galaxy S6 analysis, more and more of the chips in Samsung's flagship phones seem to be originating in-house. On the front side of the mobo, we find:

      • Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-core Processor - 64-bit, 2.1 GHz Quad + 1.5 GHz Quad, with Samsung K3RG3G30MM-DGCH 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM layered in

      • Samsung KLUBG4G1BD 32GB NAND Flash

      • Skyworks 78041 Hybrid Multimode Multiband (MMMB) Front-End Module (FEM)

      • Avago AFEM-9020 PAM

      • Wolfson Microelectronics WM1840 Audio Codec and Maxim MAX98505 Class DG Audio Amplifier

      • Samsung N5DDPS3 - Similar to the N5DDPS2 spotted in the Galaxy S6, likely NFC Controller

      • InvenSense MP65M 6-Axis Accel + Gyro, and Samsung C2N89U (likely image processor)

  11. Flipping the motherboard exposes more control hardware and lots of power management ICs:
    • Flipping the motherboard exposes more control hardware and lots of power management ICs:

      • Samsung Shannon 928 RF Transceiver

      • Broadcom BCM4773 GNSS Location Hub

      • Avago ACPM-7007 PAM

      • Maxim MAX77843 Companion PMIC

      • Various Samsung Shannon PMICs

  12. A glass back and a stubbornly glued battery? Samsung, have you been hanging out with Apple? Alass, the Apple tactics end all too soon. There are no handy pull tabs in sight, meaning this nasty adhesive needs to be picked away one strip at a time.
    • A glass back and a stubbornly glued battery? Samsung, have you been hanging out with Apple?

    • Alass, the Apple tactics end all too soon. There are no handy pull tabs in sight, meaning this nasty adhesive needs to be picked away one strip at a time.

    • We assume that Samsung knows how much of a pain this is, given the markings found inside next to the battery.

  13. Free of its clingy mucilage, we get a better look at the 3.85 V, 10.01 Wh battery. Samsung has stepped down from the 2800 mAh battery found in the Galaxy S5, and returned to a 2600 mAh battery like the S4.
    • Free of its clingy mucilage, we get a better look at the 3.85 V, 10.01 Wh battery.

      • Samsung has stepped down from the 2800 mAh battery found in the Galaxy S5, and returned to a 2600 mAh battery like the S4.

      • Despite the smaller battery, some reviewers are finding that the Edge does indeed have a slightly longer battery life than its flatter predecessor.

    • Samsung claims that the Edge's battery will provide 12 hours of LTE web surfing, 26 hours of 3G WCDMA talk time, and up to 58 hours of music playback.

    • And it's fresh off the presses! Seriously, look at the date.

  14. In what seems like a(nother) major step backward, the S6 Edge dumps the lightning-fast Micro-B USB 3.0 port found on the Galaxy S5 in favor of a garden-variety microUSB (2.0) port. Since Micro-B USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with standard USB 1.x/2.0 micro-B cable plugs, we fail to see the point. Apart from a slight space savings, there appears to be no benefit—certainly nothing to justify the ~90% drop in data transfer rates. Welcome to the year 2000.
    • In what seems like a(nother) major step backward, the S6 Edge dumps the lightning-fast Micro-B USB 3.0 port found on the Galaxy S5 in favor of a garden-variety microUSB (2.0) port.

      • Since Micro-B USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with standard USB 1.x/2.0 micro-B cable plugs, we fail to see the point. Apart from a slight space savings, there appears to be no benefit—certainly nothing to justify the ~90% drop in data transfer rates.

      • Welcome to the year 2000.

  15. We put the Edge to bed in an iOpener nest—hopefully it awakes refreshed, with adhesive released. Lifting the glass and...wait—is that normal? Looks like prying into the curved display means we separated the display just a little bit. Whoops.
    • We put the Edge to bed in an iOpener nest—hopefully it awakes refreshed, with adhesive released.

    • Lifting the glass and...wait—is that normal?

      • Looks like prying into the curved display means we separated the display just a little bit. Whoops.

    • According to Samsung, the curved glass is created by a process called 3D thermoforming, a process of heating and molding the glass. While it looks slick, it comes at a cost—in this case eight times the cost. That's right, what was once a $3 part could now cost Samsung as much as $26 due to low yields.

    • A recent report claims that Samsung's curved-glass supplier is only getting 50% yield, and that's pretty awful for the environment. Manufacturing is already rough enough on the planet, and this means they've got to make two screens for every phone.

  16. It bends! Peeling the display up shows just how Samsung's display curves around the sides of the phone. Samsung's Super AMOLED display is what allows for the smooth curves on this screen. These curves may round off the life of your display. Though the AMOLED screens found in many contemporary phones allow for thinner form factors, they have potentially shorter life expectancies.
    • It bends! Peeling the display up shows just how Samsung's display curves around the sides of the phone.

      • Samsung's Super AMOLED display is what allows for the smooth curves on this screen.

      • These curves may round off the life of your display. Though the AMOLED screens found in many contemporary phones allow for thinner form factors, they have potentially shorter life expectancies.

    • Riding on the back of the display is the customary touchscreen controller, this time an STMicro FT6BH.

  17. The last component to come off the display assembly is the modular home button. Unlike last year's swipe-to-unlock feature, this fingerprint sensor is touch-based. Also unlike the S5, there's no need for any secret trap doors.
    • The last component to come off the display assembly is the modular home button.

      • Unlike last year's swipe-to-unlock feature, this fingerprint sensor is touch-based.

    • Also unlike the S5, there's no need for any secret trap doors.

      • Thanks to ditching the display-out-first shenanigans of last year, we get a totally different path to the home button. Better? Meh. Probably not worse.

  18. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Repairability Score: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
    • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Repairability Score: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

      • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.

      • In an improvement over the S5's design, you no longer have to remove the display to get into the phone and replace the motherboard.

      • Front and back glass make for double the crackability, and strong adhesive on the rear glass makes it very difficult to gain entry into the device.

      • The battery is very tightly adhered to the back of the display, and buried beneath the midframe and motherboard.

      • Replacing the glass without destroying the display is going to be very difficult.

Holy He11 you guys got the phone that says "A S S" in it. I wouldn't rate this a "3" this is more like a 5 in my book. You guys rate a m7 as a "1" which is one of the more difficult phones out there but its still easier than some of the older Motorolas.

chrisbassplayer - Antwoord

Do I know you??????

SquarepegChris -

That sure looks like a MicroSD receptacle on image "Step 11" on the bottom left corner of the board. Is that the Simm Card receptacle or a MicroSD receptacle?

nelson busch - Antwoord

That's the SIM card receptacle.

Ryan -

SD Card Yeah Nelson Bush, that is an SD card slot. Everybody in Samsung forgot they put it there. Ooops.

Michael Hannigan - Antwoord

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