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Samsung Galaxy S5 teardown suggests that the smartphone will be hard to repair

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Samsung Galaxy S5 teardown suggests that the smartphone will be hard to repair
Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 won’t be released internationally until April 11, but Russian website Ferra already managed to disassemble it, thus allowing us to see what the handset looks like on the inside.

Reportedly, it’s really difficult to remove the screen of the Galaxy S5, because Samsung is using a special adhesive to keep the display panel attached to the rest of the body. After you get the display out of the way, the teardown can advance faster - but the entire operation will likely still last over an hour.

All in all, it looks like repairing a Galaxy S5 will be a hard thing to do (just like repairing an HTC One M8). But we shouldn’t be surprised about this. The S5 is dust- and water-resistant (IP67-certified), so Samsung has to make sure that its internals are very carefully assembled.

An interesting fact pointed out by Ferra is that the battery of the S5 is not square-ish, like the batteries found inside the Galaxy S II, S III and S4. It’s an elongated battery that's similar in shape to the batteries used by Apple on its latest iPhones.

If you’re curious to see the Samsung Galaxy S5 disassembled, check out the gallery below, or the source link at the end of this post. If you're not curious, but you are looking forward to buying the new Galaxy, wait for it to become available, and hope that you won’t need to have it repaired.


source: Ferra.ru (translated) via GSM Arena

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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:35 35

1. pyradark (Posts: 864; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Ugly on outside still ugly on the inside ;)

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:39 23

2. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And uses cheap plastic along big side width bezel

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:58 35

3. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


yup cheap like your trolls

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 00:05 3

5. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I disagree with u here, u can't say cheap plastics coz the main purpose of the technological device is something else. Plz don't give examples of tables, furniture a , and cars.give relevant example for relevant things..and u have full right to disagree with me as well.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 00:22 22

7. skyline88 (Posts: 474; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


go back to big ugly bezel posts of Sony HTC and iJunk, please dont embarrased yourself here

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 01:21 15

11. maherk (Posts: 4066; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


calm down sony boy, you really have the guts to talk about bezels? Like seriously? And guess what, people seems to like those "cheap plastic" phones made by Samsung and find the iPhone 4+Galaxy S2 baby(aka Sony Z) quite repelling. Fyi, your old argument that sales don't tell the truth about a device, well ot does if they are both sold for the same price. You hate on Samsung's plastic, iPhone's everything, HTC's aluminum and bezels(yet again you forget that the Z is the bezels king). It's like you copy paste your stupid comments on every other article that doesn't talk about your beloved Z2.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 06:55 3

30. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Hold on, wth, I like Samsung . I have the N3, and it has the 2nd best CPU after Cyclone swift A7 A57 Armv8, the Exynos 5420 . Samsung has the best CPU and gpu and uses the best screen to date,,,,

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 04:45 2

27. doejon (Posts: 398; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


bezel are wider yes, because of the problem
that the s4 had.. (display cracked in the pocket)

and for the ip67 they must widen the bezels..

sory for my englisch xD

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:56

48. tuminatr (Posts: 774; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


yep same cheap crap that football helmets and car bumpers are made out of

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 00:03 25

4. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yup......and even 100 million galaxy customers find it ugly that's why they bought it.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-sells-100-million-Samsung-Galaxy-S-series-phones_id38662

ugly ≠ blind hatred

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 01:28 18

13. joey_sfb (Posts: 6025; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Just let the sales and Samsung annual smartphone profit speaks for itself.

Every Galaxy S generations sell more than all other Android OEMs combined.

That's why I keep buying Samsung. Already bought their note pro 12.2 for 2014. Waiting for their note 4.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 01:38 4

15. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


How's the note pro 12.2? I'm thinking to retire my iPad 2. That's (Note pro 12.2) one tablet I think is worthy enough to use which doesn't feel like an enlarged smartphone.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 02:06 2

17. maherk (Posts: 4066; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I tried it at best buy and it is awesome, if you live in the states is pretty easy to make a decision to buy something with no regrets since you can always go to carrier's store or electronic stores and play with whatever gadget you're looking into buying. So don't just take my word about it, and if you don't live in the states or any place that have such stores, make sure you check dozens of videos and reviews before you buy something. Don't base your decision on someone's comment.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 04:00 3

24. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


thanks, I'm from Nepal and I usually watch dozens of videos and reviews before buying, Here, only samsung have strong presence and all other brands are hard to be seen in the stores. May be this is a very small market thats why apple, sony etc are not interested to push their products. When i got my dad a HTC one, he was like what brand is it?. This is the situation here. BUt i generally import electornics through my cousins and friends who stay in the states rather than buying here because we have limited options here. Officially samsung doesnt sell note pro 12.2 here. As for tablets only tab 2, tab 3, note 8, note 10.1(older edition) is available.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 10:45 3

41. joey_sfb (Posts: 6025; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Note Pro 12.2 is a great learning tool, I using it daily to brush up on my Mandarin. Samsung Multi window makes it possible; One windows running Moon Reader Pro, one of the best ebook reader for android with TTS;
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyersoft.moonreaderp

Another windows running internet browser to learn the correct stroke also known as 'bihua'.http://bihua.51240.com/

The final windows running their S Note to rewrite the Chinese character many times in order to commit to memory.

Well, there a common sayings that Chinese language is the future. Better be safe than sorry. LOL!

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 07:11 2

33. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I have the N3 with Exynos, will be buying the N4 with Exynos.... No don't like Snapdragon

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 07:02 1

31. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Not hating on Samsung but I really dislike and hate plastic, I prefer and wish it had prestige materials.

I have a Samsung fridge and a 9series laptop also my younger brother has a MacBook Air.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 11:03 2

43. joey_sfb (Posts: 6025; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I understand your view point. Just be true to yourself and buy what you like. No one listen to Samsung haters here. The reason I buy Samsung is because its a strong brand and the Note series design is ok in my book.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 00:21 11

6. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Beauty is in the eyes of beholder :) . I don't consider s5 as beautiful but I am sure it doesn't deserve hatred because of this. Will u hate any girl (your fren, gf or sister) just because she is ugly?

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 00:43 5

9. Whopyourass (unregistered)


LMAO ! What kinda whop logic are you using here? Why would someone hate something just because he thinks its ugly? If its downright fugly, its fugly. PERIOD. I dun have to hate something to think this way about that. So if a Fat ugly gal comes your way, are you gonna lie to her that you think she's pretty just because by saying she's fugly means you hate her ?

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 01:25 4

12. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Sorry for my bad analogy..my bad..I was answering to arte-8800 because he gave irrelevant analogy comparing with furnitures and flooring and he hates gs5 for being ugly. If u havent read his comments on other articles then u can ignore this :). U don't hate it so its absolutely cool. Saying fugly isn't bad but hating or ignoring other aspects of the devices potential is something not acceptable in my view..

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 01:33 2

14. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


If a fat ugly girl is working as Chief finance officer and she is good with her job then others(her boss and colleagues) shouldn't hate her for her ugliness despite of her high productivity.coz the core purpose should be addressed first. But arte-8800 would probably hate her of being ugly rather than focusing how her job is..

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 01:39 5

16. maherk (Posts: 4066; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


its not about the looks neither about the specs, it's about the brand. If this "fat" girl had a Sony tattoo on her forehead, trust me, he would be in love and hope that she ll be the one who will finally take his virginity.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 07:09 1

32. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Hahaha, no you guys are all wrong,,,, I don't hate on any OEMs, except deeply on Apple how the collaborate business. Come on did we all not grow up from Sony, Panasonic, sharp, keenwood, JVC, Marantz, Onyko, Teac, B&W, and loads others from 1985 onwards,,,,,

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 09:46 1

38. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Pioneer car audios, Sony Walkman were my favs.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 00:39 1

8. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


just like you

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 05:11 1

28. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Agree.. 100 thumbs up for you

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 01:00 1

10. lagdroid (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


If i ll get the device before launch of it, i ll play with it not tear it down

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 02:33 4

18. doosafety2 (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


omg... in one hand u put miley cyrus let her be Galaxy s5
in other hand u put rihanna let her be htc one m8.....

Which one do you choose ?!? LMFAO...
i suppose miley is cute but i will still go for Rihanna .... OMG SHE FINE... the phone... or...

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 03:18 5

20. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


wtf man...?

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