Samsung Galaxy S9+ teardown reveals similarity to last year's model, with some important changes

Samsung Galaxy S9+ teardown reveals similarity to last year's model, with some important changes
The iFixit tear down of the Samsung Galaxy S9+ mostly revealed exactly what you were probably expecting. What you might not have known was that the specs of the battery inside the unit (3.85V, 3,500mAh and 13.48Wh) match up exactly with the battery used on the ill fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Now just because the specs are the same doesn't mean that the battery is the same, because it is not. It's just an interesting coincidence between Sammy's new premium handset and the twice recalled Galaxy Note 7. Exploding batteries inside the latter model forced Samsung to get the device out of consumers' hands.

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.


source: iFixit

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Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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14 Comments

2. gamehead unregistered

"Teardown reveals similarity to last year's model" Shocking

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's the new software features I like. Physically, not too much different, software is killing it with Oreo, and Samsung experience 9.0. So many tweaks, and refinements in there.

4. blkkobra

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I'm with you there. I'm also digging the fact that it's got Project Treble. Should make updates faster, which is something Samsung seriously needs.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

100% agreed.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Why even mention the Note 7, you completely skipped over S8+ which has the same battery and has no exploding issues to report, even when stabbed by YouTube reviewers.

6. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Because PhoneArena has to get their jobs in from time to time. Got to keep apple happy.

13. nodes

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

damn Apple fans are everywhere, even when there are no mention of Apple or iPhone in the article. people will mention it in the comments.

19. iushnt

Posts: 3049; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Obviously, since they r the main competitors for Galaxy S9. Also, Samsung gets mentioned in Apple articles. Lots of Samsung fans too.

12. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I wonder where those people are who are all in for removable back panel.

14. Nobias23

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Is this phone capable of fast phonearena trolling?

20. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I long for the days of plastic Samsung phones. While not looking flashy, they were practical and battery could be replaced easily and lasted forever. My 2013 Note 3 is still in fighting fit condition despite the innumerous falls over the years. I am afraid i cannot say the same about my Mi Max Prime which fell once and has 2 ugly dents in the metal back to show for it. Why cannot a phone be made of plastic and still look good? Why should it be an either/or type of thing? Most of us slap a case on anyway which renders the flashy and premium metal argument moot. Also aluminium is cheaper than plastic, so its literally not more premium.

22. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Plastic is not even little bit a premium material.

23. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I still have my Note 4 as a backup wifi only phone which still has a replaceable battery as well. I've already replaced 2 bad batteries that have gone bad and now on a third and it still runs ok.

25. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Water resistant...just another way to seal them up, so you will be more likely to just buy a new one, if you screw up your phone. Don't take your stupid phone to the beach, swimming pool, shower or toilet and you'll be safe ;)

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