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Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G Touch torn down with no epic efforts

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Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G Touch torn down with no epic efforts
Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, is the first of the second galactic family to arrive stateside and it has already been torn down by the crafty folks from iFixit. The reason? Checking out its repairability, internals and just for fun. The result? iFixit gave the Epic 4G Touch a decent repairability score of 7 out of 10.

There were no shocking revelations with this handset - actually it seems to be pretty easy to disassemble, held together mostly by Philips #00 screws. Luckily, it’s future proof with an easily removable battery and when you lift open the back cover, you can also access the microSD card slot.

Digging deeper down however reveals a big nuisance for those attempting to replace a broken screen on the Epic 4G Touch - the glass panel and the LCD display are fused to the midplane. There’s also the fact that components like the front facing camera and the ambient light sensor lie on the same ribbon cable, which would mean that you’d have to replace both instead of just one, ultimately ending up in higher repair cost. 

Check out the step-by-step teardown below to get intimate with the internals of one of the best Android handsets around and feel free to share whether you found something interesting or surprising.

source: iFixit

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posted on 20 Sep 2011, 10:38

1. Rejeimha (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Jul 2010)

This is probably not the purpose of the article, but what is the total components cost?

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 11:19

2. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

If only it had 4g lte, would be the best phone

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 14:33

3. Zippy7 (unregistered)

What I want to know is there a NFC chip inside? The Tech guys over at Sprint say it is there but not ACTIVATED by the carrier at this time!! Does anyone have any insight on this??

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 12:14

5. Thrust (unregistered)

I read a sprint newsletter about both galaxy phones using google wallet. Download the app to use it!

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