Samsung Galaxy S4 easy to repair says iFixit, after a teardown leaves the flagship naked

Samsung Galaxy S4 easy to repair says iFixit, after a teardown leaves the flagship naked
With a score of  8 out of a possible 10 from iFixit, a teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S4 reveals the phone to be easily repairable. Unlike most high-end smartphones these days, the new Samsung flagship model offers (you might want to be sitting down for this one) a removable battery. Yeah, we know it's hard to believe, but it is true. The teardown also reveals the genius behind AirView and Air Gesture. With IR sensors placed on both sides of the earphone jack, light reflecting from your hand is compared by each sensor allowing the sideways motion of your hand to be tracked without your finger touching the screen. Air View allows you to hover over the screen with your finger to see previews of emails, information from contacts and your calendar along with thumbnails from a video. Air Gesture lets you control the movement of the screen using gestures without touching the glass.

Behind the screen is the Synaptics S5000B touchscreen controller which is so sensitive that a user wearing gloves can still control the screen. The parts in the phone are exactly as expected for the U.S version of the device which means that the octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor is replaced by the quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064T processor, which was hidden underneath a large Samsung chip on the motherboard. Interestingly, the Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip is inside the device. This is the same chip found inside the Google Nexus 4 that gave owners of the device the hope that there was hidden LTE support on the unit. The Qualcomm MDM9215M 4G GSM/UMTS/LTE is the modem used on the phone.

Last week, Samsung said it would stop using tin solder sourced from dangerous mines in Indonesia, but the new supply of the solder has probably not had enough time to make it through to models already produced and boxed.

source: iFixit


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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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36 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

One more reason to choose it over the competition. Phones are imperfect, rushed and price-cut so you want the best rapairability possible for your own sake.

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

right dude, this is more important thing.

31. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

without surprise, sFall has a high score of getting it fixed. feels like a desktop computer structure. you can actually just open it and change out the parts and make upgrades. sorry, I see zero design quality in it.

34. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

design quality IS not just about its looks It includes ergonomics and design flexblity w/ rplacble battry

35. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

u right

2. Hemlocke unregistered

Easy to repair, or in this case, cheap with 11 screws and a bunch of plastic holding it together, and only 8.8GB free to use on the 16GB model. Of course, the screen is one fused unit that is glued in, which won't be cheap or easy to repair, so there is that.

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Wow that is the stupiest thing I have ever seen on here.

8. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Apparently a unbody aluminium back that cost a few dollars more than a plastic back makes your phone special. Alumnium isn't a premium metal and is very cheap, just like plastic.

10. SleepingOz unregistered

"But it feels great in the hand!"

13. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Actually the S4 feels better in your hands than the HTC One, not preference its fact.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

uhh huh, i'll just go ahead and take your word for that. :P

32. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

LOL....are you making wishes here?? I am not saying which one feels better. until you hold both on your hand.

11. umadden

Posts: 90; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

cheap recycled soda can aluminum is cheaper than plastic

17. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

SGS4 is like a SuperCar; lightweight, flexible material on the outside with the best V12/V10 Engines on the inside. Teaching one person at a time about

5. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Just FYI HTC One scored a 1/10 on this test

6. Hemlocke unregistered

I know. Out of the 60+ smartphones I have owned, care to guess how many I have broken and need to repair? I pay $600+ for each device, so I don't want some plastic POS that looks like it came out of a Lego Mindstorm box. There are plenty of undiscriminating sheep out there who buy for a brand or some elusive percentage better performance that is only measurable on a benchmark, so I think Samesung will do fine without my money.

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The space between the black plate and screen is metal on galaxy devices andhttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=galaxy%20s4%20metal%20back&sprefix=galaxy+s4+m%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Agalaxy%20s4%20metal%20back , have fun with believing that samsung is cheap, the galaxy s4 cost a decent amount more to make then the htc one to make. Also "better performance" matters, and the s4 (exynos 5) destroys the snapdragon 600 in battery life. If you want an all metal galaxy then its going to cost you $10 extra. The stock ones don't come with them because they break NFC.

16. papss unregistered

Dude SS is cheap.. He'll the inside looks about as generic as the outside... It's like a fing cult with you SS suckers

18. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

SGS4 is like a SuperCar; lightweight, flexible material on the outside with the best V12/V10 Engines on the inside. Teaching one person at a time about, you are welcome

20. papss unregistered

Thanks for the analogy and pretty funny too

21. Hemlocke unregistered

Except supercars aren't made with the cheapest possible materials. This is more like the derp kid on your block with the Civic with a fart can exhaust who stuffs a JDM twin turbo K23 under the hood. Fast? Yeah, but at the end of the day, it's still just a Civic, not a Skyline.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

How you know the SS plastic is cheap, maybe its the most expensive plastic for SS pay much more for it than other manufacturers. You don't know and yet to proclaim loudly like you did the procurement.

24. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Its not even part of the phone thats plastic its a polycarbonate backcover lol, anyways a majority of the s4 body is metal. People are blind and obviously don't realize between the back and glass is metal.

9. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I wonder what is the repairability score for the HTC butterfly. I did mention in a previous article that my dad's butterfly screen cracked and it will cost him $300 to get a new screen and I'm trying to see if there are any alternatives. HTC is charging way too much,for$300 I could already get a brand new sensation xl and a few bucks more a galaxy grand

12. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The batterys also cost $150 to replace in HTC phones.

19. papss unregistered

I've never had to replace a battery so that's a moot point for me

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Pretty impressive? what a dumb blonde. ifixit only have a hot girl in their videos so they can get more views. and in this case her comments bout how too tear apart the GS IV is simple. just open the cover and take out the screws. what a idiot

25. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Drop test

26. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

It will still break, should be harder to break though.

29. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Go to youtube there is a drop test, gorlla glass 3 isnt yet that strong:) but the plastc and everything that wraps d phone are brilliant :)

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