iFixit tears down the Galaxy Alpha – lots of glue and hard repairs inside

iFixit tears down the Galaxy Alpha – lots of glue and hard repairs inside
Tech site iFixit has posted a teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. For those unaware – the iFixit crew takes things apart, meticulously documenting every step, in order to help anyone who's into self-repairs get a better understanding of how to open up their device.

The Galaxy Alpha is the first of a new line of handsets from Samsung – it employs premium materials and a sleek design, and is arguably aimed towards challenging the iPhone in the look & feel department.

Anyway, on to the internals. Upon opening the back panel, iFixit is quick to note that there is no trace of water-proofing – whereas the Galaxy S5 is quick to reveal a rubber ring, embedded in its rear cover, the Alpha makes no such attempts.

With the back panel off, the battery can be easily removed or replaced – something that is very familiar to any Galaxy user. However, if one wishes to gain further access to the device's internals – it gets hard.

In order to be able to gain access to the motherboard, one must first remove the display panel – something that is done with a lot of heat, time, patience, and careful prying, else one risks to damage the device. On the interesting side of things – the display panel measures at the razor-thin 1.4 mm – less than half the width iPhone 6's screen.

Once inside the device, most components are modular and can be easily replaced. Unfortunately, there is a plethora of flimsy cables and an uncomfortable amount of steps one must take to remove most of them. You can check out all the details on iFixit's site (source below).

The techies gave the Alpha a "fixability" score of 5/10, quoting the need to remove the display in order to gain access to the phone's internals a serious disadvantage.


source: iFixit via Gizmodo

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Galaxy Alpha
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1860 mAh(11h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

samsung needs to redesign the front of its smartphones.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Let's omit Sony and Apple. Logic.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Samsung, making overpriced mid-range devices and selling them for flagship price will not give you sales. That only works for Apple...

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They're #1 for a reason lol.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looks a lot like the 5/5s, nice looking device though.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Apparently you have an irrational attraction to overpriced mid-range devices...

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apparently you have an irrational attraction to fat pink cats.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

I LOL'ed at that one. Not a fake one either. I literally laughed out loud. +!

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He asked for it lol

7. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

PREMIUM !!!! /sarcasm

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um it is. 1.4 mm thick screen only. Tightly packed with great thermals, state of the art 20nm chip, cat 6 lte and wifi. If this isn't premium, your iPhone certainly isn't.

9. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Te people complaining about the build quality have not held it in their hand yet. I have and its awesome.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yup I bought it based on the looks and specs. And I haven't bought Samsung since the GS3. And I don't even prefer their amoled screens or touchwiz. So you have to be pretty damn sexy to pull that off. Wait until people actually see and hold it, gorgeous.

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