World-first Samsung Galaxy Note 9 teardown shows huge water cooling system

World-first Samsung Galaxy Note 9 teardown shows huge water cooling system
It did not take long: the first teardown of the new Galaxy Note 9 is already here and it reveals the inner workings of Samsung's new $1,000 phone.

The teardown is performed by the crafty folks from Russian blog Hi Tech Mail Ru and the most immediately striking revelation that it brings is a visual illustration showing just how much bigger the water-cooling system on the Note 9 is when compared to the passive cooling on the Note 8. The publication goes on to call the large copper pipe inside the Note 9 "a notebook-class cooler".



Samsung calls this new cooling system, a "water-carbon" one and it claims that there is real water inside it. The pipe itself is made of copper, just like on some other high-end Android phones, but again, it's the sheer size that impresses.


In terms of the actual process of tearing the Note 9 down, it follows the same steps as the Note 8. You can notice the water sealing that ensure no liquids enter the phone and grant it its IP 68 water resistant rating. At first sight, the layout of the different components is nearly identical to that of last year's Note 8.

Upon closer inspection, you do notice some differences: the S Pen is held in place more tightly, the charging port is connected to the motherboard, but not a part of it, which makes for easier repairs, the earpiece on the new phone is larger, which should result in better call quality.

Overall, it seems that Samsung has more carefully composed and put the Note 9 tighter together, and that's a great thing. Hit the link below to see even more photos from the teardown.

*All images courtesy of Hi Tech Mail Ru.

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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36 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's a pretty cool feature.

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Why is it needed. Is it to be able to quick charge such a large battery. Side not can you somehow over lock processor with that cooling

19. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

To longer sustain high clock speeds. All current high end phones start throttling after a while, including iPhones. Especially the GPU's are real heaters.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Qualcomm SoCs tend to drop only 15-20% The rest drop over 40% e.g. GFXBench Manhatten 3.1 2018 OnePlus 6 (845), 60.15 fps peak, 50.87 fps sustained, 15% drop 2018 LG G6 (845), 60.19 fps peak, 44.87 fps sustained, 25.5% drop 2018 Galaxy S9+ (845), 60.6 fps peak, 35.48 fps sustained, 41.5% drop 2017 iPhone 8 Plus (A11), 61.69 fps peak, 36.45 fps sustained, 40.9% drop 2017 Galaxy S8 (835), 38.9 fps peak, 35.48 fps sustained, 8.8% drop 2016 Pixel XL (820), 32.69 fps peak, 26.95 fps sustained, 17.5% drop 2018 Galaxy S9 (9810), 46.04 fps peak, 26.9 fps sustained, 41.6% drop 2016 iPhone 7 (A10), 43.3 fps peak, 26.07 fps sustained, 39.8% drop 2018 P20 Pro (970), 30.52 fps peak, 15.1 fps sustained, 43.4% drop Will be interesting to see how the 845 Note9 fares, might be the first with less than 10% drop

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 553; Member since: May 02, 2016

I think samsung is the only one who does that ! Right ?

14. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Look it up but probably

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Historically OnePlus and Google have done really well The ASUS ROG phone has a vapor chamb which looks fairly similar to the Note9's setup Historically Samsung has been poor here so its great to see them adressing theis

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So in my defense, copper is still the main heat extraction material, not carbon in place of as suggested by some. No Pelletier cooler but yeah it's a decent sized heat sink. Without a external vent, it just delays the inevitable.

15. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Not really sounds different

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Why would you use a thermoelectric cooler in a smartphone with a limited battery? Peltier based cooling uses quite an amount of power to run. And the hot side of the cooler still needs a heatsink to dissipate heat.

30. koeosdano

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 27, 2018

Peltier Module. Lmao. Even a motorcycle battery is hard to run that

31. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It can deal with sustained heat. Much Ado over this heat pipe, but really we know it's just a gimmick setup like this. Adding copper, carbon without a exit only delays the inevitable. Buzz words, so I am showing how useless it really is. It's no heat pump, and may actually hinder sustained performance, cause it holds the heat in place. Edit: only one phone has a clear working cooling system, Asus. We all know it, just some can accept it.

32. talon95

Posts: 990; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

If it contacts more of the back cover, or if the old heat pipe couldn't even remove heat from the chip effectively, then this will improve the dissipation. A peltier consumes a lot of power, sometimes more than the chip it cools, so the heat sink has to dissipate twice the power and can saturate and actually drive heat back into the system. Bad idea for mobile devices.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Pretty damn cool. A beast like the Note needs a lil extra. 512 gig Ocean Blue incoming. 768 gigs.......yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

20. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Ocean Blue would be my choice as well. Just out of curiosity what do you need that much storage for? I’ve been running my 6S Plus for two years and just starting to run a bit low on my 32gb... and I use it for work as well.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Honestly...I don’t, I just want it. I always buy max storage. I also wanted the 8 gigs of ram.

21. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Damn, you went huge. Best Buy Canada only sells the 128 but honestly knowing i'll be getting the s10, I won't even use the 128. I got the blue and comes with iconX 2018 for free which I will sell as I already have a pair.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on bro, you got a good bundle. Even if I buy the Note 10 (if that’s the name), I always buy max storage.

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

We don't know if it's pretty damn cool, there haven't been tests on temps yet ;)

5. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Time move on to s10 note 10 galaxy x

10. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Pointless ass comment.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What you think about the 9, now that it’s official? I’m all in.

23. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Oh I'm definitely getting it. Just have to show delayed gratification & wait for the black color to hit the US. Definitely gonna be pissed if they drop a silver one even later. But yea, the small upgrades are still worth it to me.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hell yeh, I feel you. That blue is it for me, black woulda been my second option.

16. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

No it’s time to talk about the next iPhone and google phones. Like it or not

6. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I wonder if am eligible to upgrade when I already have an S9+ on a 2 year contract :/ GOTTA CONTACT MY CARRIER ASAP!!!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I paid off my extra line. AT&T says ready to upgrade.

17. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Right on you sound pretty excited. Hope you enjoy. Are you gonna get a 512gb dd card

8. theot14430 unregistered

Android needs this water cooling tech to make it work?

9. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

idk but if you're Samsung I doubt you'd want a Part 2 of the Note7 nightmare

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