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Okay, this phone may have been cracked open a couple times already, but we're eager to investigate the mysterious thermal spreader ourselves. Will the fancy new tech in the S7 be as cool as it's cracked up to be? Only a teardown will tell.

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  1. While legend has it that the number 7 has magical qualities, there's no knowing what qualities the S7 has. If we were to guess completely at random:
    • While legend has it that the number 7 has magical qualities, there's no knowing what qualities the S7 has. If we were to guess completely at random:

      • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 × 1440 resolution (576 ppi)

      • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB RAM + Adreno 530 GPU

      • 12-megapixel rear camera with dual pixel autofocus, 4K video capture; 5-megapixel selfie camera

      • 32 or 64 GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD card (up to 200 GB additional)

      • IP68 water resistance rating

      • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

    • Since the S7 has never been seen on the internet before, there's no way to know if these educated guesses are right.

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  2. Compared with its predecessor, the Galaxy S6, the all-new S7 is... uhhhh...
    • Compared with its predecessor, the Galaxy S6, the all-new S7 is... uhhhh...

      • Sorry—which one's the S7 again? We have to flip them over to double-check.

    • That's better. Unlike its predecessor, the S7's back panel curves gently on the sides, making it a more grabbable handset.

    • The S7 also shaves off roughly a millimeter from the S6's length and width, while packing on nearly a full extra mm in thickness. That said, at 7.9 mm, it's plenty thin—and even sports a reduced camera bump.

    • After tearing down the S6, we weren't exactly wowed by its glass-on-glue construction; it scored a 4 out of 10 and a big "meh" in the repairability department. Here's hoping that, appearances notwithstanding, the S7 will fare better...

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    • Interestingly, Samsung chose to stay with a run-of-the-mill micro USB port, instead of the new USB Type-C standard.

      • Many new flagship phones (Nexus 6P, LG G5, OnePlus 2) feature Type-C, though few fully utilize the power of the connector.

      • For now, Samsung seems to think that the older, more widely compatible standard is good enough.

        • Or, they just thought it would be awkward if all those free Gear VR headsets weren't compatible with the phones they shipped with.

    • Samsung has also made upgrading to a new phone incredibly easy, with an included USB adapter. It's almost like they expect you to buy a new phone before your current device is completely worn out beyond repair. Weird.

    Maybe IPX8 rated type C connectors were not available yet? Also, type C generally takes up more board space.

    Hugo - Antwoord

    • With no exterior screws to be found, there can only be one form of dark matter holding this Galaxy together. Yep, that'd be glue.

      • Fortunately, it's nothing a hot iOpener can't handle.

    • We love any excuse to break out our trusty twin-suction-cupped iSclack tool, and the S7's front and rear glass panels make it a perfect target.

    • With the rear glass lifted by a smidge, we attack with an opening pick and slice apart the adhesive.

    • All in all, it's the same drill as last time—with maybe a slight increase in stickiness.

    qui a écrit ça? c’est incompréhensible!!!!

    aquouel tequila - Antwoord

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    Claire Rapp -

    My rear glass shattered once I started to cut the adhesive. I would say replacing the LCD on this phone is nearly impossible without destroying the phone.

    ossmark77 - Antwoord

    what temperature that recommend to remove the back cover?

    chrisfoliaki - Antwoord

    • Where last year we found gooey white adhesive, we now find gooey black adhesive. Possibly it was reformulated for waterproofing purposes—or, it could just be a matter of better color-matching.

    • Removing the back cover hasn't given us access to anything useful—just a smooth surface for the glass to stick to.

    • Fortunately, part of that surface consists of screws.

    Hey how hard was it really to get the back off, I ask because I cracked the glass on the back of my S7 already. Two days into having it... Which is why I never spend more than $100 on a phone, until now......

    Gavin Ralbag - Antwoord

    • Actually, that smooth surface contains some useful bits, like the S7's antennas...

    • ...and its speaker...

    • ...and MY axe.

    • We'd rather see a user-replaceable battery, or at least an accessible connector for one, but these days we're not expecting much from Samsung. Its once-lofty repairability scores have fallen hard from the heady days of the Galaxy S4.

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    • We line up the pieces for a closer look at the individual components, including the wireless charging coil.

      • Last year's Galaxy flagship had a single midframe with a handful of aggressively adhered parts, so this separation is a welcome change in our book.

    • All these modular components connect to the motherboard by way of tiny spring contacts, making removal and replacement a snap—once you've muscled your way past all the glue and glass, anyway.

    What is that part with H-NA right above it? It's seen in the first picture for step 7. The back side has the part number A6204AV2, which is a speaker housing. When I took the back plate off my phone, I left a dent in that part and I'd like to understand what that might be in case I damaged it.

    Roger Barnes - Antwoord

    • Samsung got some flak from consumers for reducing battery capacity in last year's S6. It seems they took the hint and made up for it by including this 3000 mAh battery in the S7.

      • That's a significant boost over the Galaxy S6's 2550 mAh battery, and it even beats the much larger iPhone 6s Plus's 2750 mAh powerplant.

      • Sadly, as evidenced by this important warning label, the S7's battery does not work in the presence of puppies.

    • Although the battery upgrade means more time to binge on apps and games, the battery itself is well wedged and adhered in place, making extraction a little tough.

    • If it wasn't designed to be readily removed, then it wasn't intended to be repaired or replaced. Boo.

    I would never buy a phone with this warning against puppies

    Alber Einsten - Antwoord

    • Working our way to the motherboard, we pluck out a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

    • Unfortunately, you'll have to work almost as hard to get flawless selfies on the S7 as you did on the S6. The only front-facing camera upgrade here is the shiny new ƒ/1.7 aperture.

    • With the front camera out of the way, we lift up the motherboard and find a familiar daughterboard connector on its underside.

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    • Compared to the 16-megapixel rear camera on the S6, it seems the S7 got a downgrade with a 12-megapixel/4K rear camera .

      • However, the sensor in the S7 sports Dual Pixel autofocus technology (a.k.a. phase detection) for every pixel.

      • Additionally, these pixels measure in at 1.4 µm—a full 25% increase from last year's model—which will reduce noise and improve overall image quality.

    • So, despite having fewer pixels, even photos taken in the worst lighting should come out clearer in a head-to-head comparison.

    Why is that I see dislocation on the plastic above the SoC?

    ivanikona - Antwoord

    What is the package named 'RAY0P' for?

    kevin rho - Antwoord

    • Our friends at Chipworks may have beaten us to the punch, but that doesn't stop us from giving this board our due diligence. Squirreled away under the EMI shields, we find:

      • SK Hynix H9KNNNCTUMU-BRNMH 4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM layered over the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820

      • Samsung KLUBG4G1CE 32 GB MLC Universal Flash Storage 2.0

      • Qualcomm WCD9335 Audio Codec

    The part number of the memory should be H9HKNNNCTUMUBR-NMH.

    H9KNNNCTUMU-BRNMH is incorrect.

    JJ Wu - Antwoord

    • And some more:

      • Avago AFEM-9040 Multiband Multimode Module

      • Murata FAJ15 Front End Module

      • Qorvo QM78064 High Band RF Fusion Module

      • Qorvo QM63001A Diversity Receive Module

      • DSP DBMD4 Audio/Voice Processor

    S7 snap 820 dual sim is not

    Englishbui - Antwoord

    • And on the flip side...

      • Samsung 1316S7 Wi-Fi Module

      • NXP 67T05 NFC Controller

      • IDT P9221 Wireless Power Receiver (likely an iteration of IDT P9220)

      • STMicroelectronics LSM6DS3 always-on 6-Axis IMU

      • Qualcomm PM8996 PMIC

      • Qualcomm QFE3100 Envelope Tracker

      • Qualcomm WTR4905 and WTR3925 RF Transceivers

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    • Next up is the S7's modular headphone jack.

      • Complete with cute rubber seal!

    • Looks like Samsung decided to take its ruggedized "Sport" standards to their flagship, with a hefty IP68 rating (the highest level being IP69).

    • We find more rubber seals around the lower microphone and speaker making for some serious ingress protection.

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    • Just like its predecessor, the cables for the S7's soft buttons are wrapped around the display-backing frame.

      • These sandwiched cables make a daughterboard replacement (including the charging port) next to impossible, since freeing these cables means removing the OLED screen.

    • Undaunted, we bring back our iOpener to ease the tension adhesive.

    • While we're at it, we grab a trusty opening pick and set to work on the terrible task of prying open the OLED.

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    • Peeling up those pesky soft button LED cables lets us finally free the daughterboard.

    • Just for those of you keeping score, this messy situation prevents easy replacement of: display and digitizer (of course), USB port, microphone, and soft button LEDs.

      • If you need to replace the charging port, unless you have some microsoldering skills, you have two options: sacrifice those soft button LEDs or replace your display in the process.

    • Remember that fake "midframe" made of antennas? Turns out the S7 just buried its midframe deeper, and adhered the display to it, rather than secure its display assembly to a midframe with screws.

      • This beefs up the S7’s waterproofiness, but means more of a fight to repair the thing should you suffer non-water related troubles.

    i just need to replace the front glass

    Bill Martin - Antwoord

    • Alright, the moment we've all been waiting for: the legendary "liquid cooling" system in the S7.

    • It's a tiny copper twig.

      • Actually, it's a teeny heat pipe (thin copper tube) with less than half a gram of material, measuring less than half a millimeter thick.

    • This may not be as revolutionary as Samsung describes it, but most heat pipes do technically use liquid to transfer heat.

    • In the case of the S7, we're guessing that the pipe transfers heat to the phone's metal midframe, where it can then radiate out to the side—or directly into your hands.

    • We've seen heat pipes in phones before, but the growing need for them shows how phone processors are getting faster (and sometimes hotter) each year.

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    • Samsung Galaxy S7 Repairability Score: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

      • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.

      • Unlike the S6 Edge, the battery can be removed without first ousting the motherboard—but tough adhesive and a glued-on rear panel make replacement more difficult than necessary.

      • The display needs to be removed (and likely destroyed) if you want to replace the USB port.

      • 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.

      • Replacing the glass without destroying the display is probably impossible.

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Fantastic breakdown, shame that Samsung refuse to have easily repaired phones (or even replace the battery). Its as if they want you to buy a new one... At the end of the day, I love my S4 (CM13) and until there is a reason to up(down)grade I am happy with it

Lucas - Antwoord

brightness of the photos is the best reason

m2k -

You mean, shame that customers dont want big fat heavy slow phones?

grevichjon -

Thanks for helping me decide which phone to get. Samsung is out of my list because I keep my phone longer than the battery lasts. So the shortlist is down to Nexus 5X and LG G5. Keep on your good work:-)

Jens Anders Salberg - Antwoord

G5 man

It's compatible with that little rolly ball thing

Albert Einstein -

This thing looks like, in the real world, it's a throw away.

T Peter - Antwoord

Considering you can replace both the battery and the display I don't consider it a throw away. Sure it is way harder than it should be, but it isn't impossible. P.S, I doubt the G5 will get a much higher repairability score. Have you seen its design? Thing is sealed in tighter than a space shuttle, except the battery

nikolaskovack -

So uhhh how about that G5 repairability score niko?

Ninja Dropkick -

Another reason the LG G5 wins, it's not a freaking lazy throw away. This kind of e waste design needs to be banned. We don't have unlimited materials on earth to waste on a phone.

John Ross - Antwoord

who says you can't replace the components inside, the worst you can get is destroying the back unless you are extremely dumb/careless

Ethan Chow -

The model is G930V (Verizon) and not G930F(Global) as the top right of the page suggests?

don - Antwoord

It looks like a dual SIM slot. So it cannot be a US model afaik.

Abhijeet Gogawale -

Why not do a teardown on Exynos 8890 version?

cddule - Antwoord

the USB port could be changed without removing the display. it can be desoldered and replaced. unless your soft buttons broke it need not be removed. i think the above statement is misleading,

" The display needs to be removed (and likely destroyed) if you want to replace the USB port."

Sri Kumar - Antwoord

*hater gonna hate* iFixit is shameless Apple coward sites. Who &&^&^$^ cares. Because these sites and its writers are apple-biased. This is not true. The exaggeration in this post. They campaign (Apple cowards) against Samsung S7.

mrkumaran - Antwoord

Nice teardown iFixit! Question I hope you can answer: There is a Flex coming from the Display back next to the Battery holder, where the heatpipe bends. Where is this Flex coming from?

First I thought this was perhaps the Touchscreen controller, however the S6 had this integrated in a single 60ckt. connection to the board, whereas the S7 has a 64ckt. connection using the same screen as the S6. So perhaps this is something else?

Thanks for your advise on this!

Ferdi - Antwoord

That's the home button cable :)

Andrew Optimus Goldberg -

Historians has noted how technology has regressed to the point that there was no proper solution of sealing a mere phone's back without destroying it while opening in 2016.

J87 - Antwoord

Planned obsolescence at its best. Too bad, Samsung was one of my favorites.

Techie Purple guy - Antwoord

and I just got an S5 two weeks ago, from Verizon, for $550. I knew about the S7, but not its release. Literally the next day after I got the phone, I looked up the S7 on Phone arena, and found the release date was much sooner than expected.

chris kalkman - Antwoord

$550 for an s5? Dude you got ripped off BIG TIME, you can't even get an S6 for that high

nikolaskovack -

Definitely ripped off man, I got my s5 last year for $300

Dan Grimes -

Dude $550? I know 2 other guys said this, but you got ripped off by a MILE, I feel bad you wasted about an extra $250 on it

Tyler Boehm -

Is the rear panel full glass? or glass over metal? I just cracked my rear glass from really small (18inch) drop. and I'm wonderingn if I ruined my IP68 rating? or can i still use it until repair parts are available.

insang song - Antwoord

Any Answers to this? is there a "sub layer" under the rear glass so that if the glass cracks the IP68 rating will remain? or is the IP rating toast.

insang song -

You can see if the IP68 rating is still active if the PRESSURE inside the phone is susceptible to change if force is applied over the screen. Load an app that reads the pressure sensor, apply force over the screen, if the pressure changes the IP68 is still active, if not then the IP68 is not valid anymore.

Fernando -

Many thanks guys great fantastic work

best regards


andrzejczarnecki - Antwoord

Did i see right? The glass is no longer permanently cemented to the screen? That seems like an improvement...

kylegreenhow - Antwoord

So glad I held onto my S5... the last good Samsung phone, and a battery that can be removed without removing multiple layers of glue and risking breaking your whole fscking phone.

Scott Remick - Antwoord

Instead of usb charging cut this down by maybeva %tage and use a wifi set up my s5vusb port jacked no ordinary fixer would touch it lucky me Sam done it free

robbiewilkie2004 - Antwoord

What, what ?

maitaioneone -

Here's my advice in response to this so-called tear down...DON'T DO IT. YOU WILL REGRET IT

samadams72 - Antwoord

Very easy to desamble s7 is no complicade

Lankins - Antwoord

Is not complicade to desarme new s7 before s6 is moré easy

Lankins - Antwoord

Very important articule about s7

Lankins - Antwoord

Just because something is slightly complicated or in the "too hard and delicate basket" to fix, doesn't mean it's a great phone. It is and I just love my Samsung S7 edge. Man up, and get it done.

Jason Edwards - Antwoord

Here's a rule of thumb for all computers, grevichjon: the larger the device, the more space available to make it fast and keep it cool.

If you don't know something as simple and fundamental to computing as that, how did you even find this place? In any case, don't hurt your tender wrists with all those extra grams.

fbhmtk - Antwoord

Where can I find instructions for the iOpener for a Galaxy S7. How long in what power microwave? How long on phone before opening?

Alan Kmiecik - Antwoord

What's the rear camera and flash glass made from? Gorilla?

kelvinmickelson - Antwoord

I was told Himax Technologies has controllers or other components (cameras, ect) in the Galaxy S6's and S7's- is this true?

Richard Smatt - Antwoord

I was also told that this came from Himax: 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 × 1440 resolution (576 ppi)

Richard Smatt -

Is it necessary to remove the back cover and components just to replace the front lens? If so, why?

Moira Dougherty - Antwoord

Who's the supplier for speaker amplifier?

Wayne Park - Antwoord

cool! you break the display.. and also all adhesives that correctly removed can be reused perfectly :) but respect!... with such teardown you earned the phone price 10x

albert einstein - Antwoord

Can you switch a verizon logic board to att or are they different?

cartmanlad - Antwoord

does anyone know how to get my data off my phone with a black and broken touch screen?

Is it possible to remove the internal storage card and somehow get the data off the card directly?

Whitney Prossner - Antwoord

Is a FM radio chip set installed inside S7 ?

Quattro Lee - Antwoord

Does anybody know where I can get the small red and white wires from?

Luke - Antwoord

Is it possible the Canada version of the S7 has the dual sim slot, but they are not offering the dual tray ?

Mb Robich - Antwoord

can someone help what type of glue can you use to stick back the back cover on the s7 edge

shahidmia1 - Antwoord

Where is the vibrator?

Aram Azhari - Antwoord

Hi. I accidentally poked the top mic hole instead of the sim tray with the pin. What an idiot! Mic still works fine, but does anyone have any information on the waterproof setup of the mic. Might I have compromised it? Thanks

Matt Guest - Antwoord

The waterprotective stuff is waterprotective GLASS, so it should still be able to work underwater, so hope it helped

Tyler Boehm -

at get it fixed cellphone repair calgary we can replace the front glass without replacing the lcd wich is way cheaper than the whole lcd, this in only few hours

get it fixed - Antwoord

How much do you charge to replace cracked front glass on an GS8+ and can I send it via UPS or FedEx?

Daryl Tabor -

NOTE: before deciding you need to replace the DC Jack try WIRELESS CHARGING first!

In photo 1 of step 16 is looks like the digitizer and the LCD are NOT glued together on this unit - is that the case?

kyle - Antwoord

Has anyone tried removing the display without removing the motherboard (as you can with the S8)?

Aaron Lopez - Antwoord


is it true that you the S7/S7e can be converted to dual sim?

since you guys have teardown it can you confirm or not this?

Amiinos - Antwoord


|does anyone know what is the sensor hub part number on S7 edge please?

|most of my sensors stopped working (brightness, proximity, GPS, etc.) and it seems that it is because of the sensor hub

RaFr - Antwoord

It’s a shame that the customer is demanding slimmer phones with less bezel area. They are getting ridiculous. They need to make the phone sealed (no user replaceable battery) in order to get it super slim. The bezels are getting so small that they are absolutely impossible to hold in your hand without holding it completely awkward, which leads to errant screen touches, and/or dropping the phone. It is now impossible to hold a flagship phone without an Otter Box, or similar type of case, to give your hand some purchase. They want you to not be able to hold the phone so you drop it more frequently, and have to buy replacement parts, service, or a new phone; or even worse, deal with a cracked/partially functioning screen. Every person I’ve seen tat doesn’t use an Otter Box case, or a case with equal protection, ALWAYS has a cracked screen… ALWAYS. Anyone I’ve come across carrying a naked phone has a completely battered phone.

Andrew Delashaw - Antwoord

All I have worked on has been Samsung S series phones and Note tablets. They have been a pleasure. However, they are what I know the best.

John Lingo - Antwoord

My bluetooth will not stay connected to my car and I’ve tried everything except factory reset.

Is there a module i can replace?

What’s it called?

Nicholas “Nick49” Cossentino - Antwoord

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