Samsung Galaxy S9+ teardown reveals similarity to last year's model, with some important changes
Considering the difficulties that the iFixit team had opening the handset, repairing the Galaxy S9+ might end up costing a pretty penny. Plenty of glue was used to keep a watertight bond, and inside, the Galaxy S9+ looks quite similar to last year's model. There are changes, of course, besides a bump in specs. Even though there is a dual camera setup on back this year, the cameras are really one part with a single PCB and a single connector. Speaking of the rear cameras, the variable aperture that allows users to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 on one sensor, works with a couple of rotating rings that click into place when an aperture is set.
According to iFixit, it might be possible to change the battery although it would be hard to do. Many components are modular and can be replaced by the owner, although to remove the display one must remove the glass rear panel while trying to fight the adhesive used to manufacture the handset.
Among the chips found in the assembly were those produced by Samsung, Qualcomm, Qualcomm acquisition target NXP, Murata, Maxim, Toshiba and Skyyworks.