iFixit tears down the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge – insides are neat, but tight

iFixit tears down the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge – insides are neat, but tight
The guys over at iFixit got their hands on a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and did what they do best – took it apart, slowly, patiently, and meticulously recording each and every step of the process. The handset's insides look neat, tidy, and snug, but overally – the phone is not much easier to take apart than the HTC One M9, which was torn down a couple of days ago. Access to the battery? No dice, as the juicebox is hidden behind layer upon layer of components.

Samsung's duo of flagships this year boast a design language, which has thus far been foreign to the company – a glass-and-metal construction, oozing of choice materials, in a generally enclosed phone – no more removable back cover, no more user-replacable battery, nor a microSD card slot. But alas, that's the price one has to pay, it seems, in order to get a gadget, with looks that match its tag.

The iFixit repairability score is 3/10, pretty bad, but if we look back – the Galaxy S5 wasn't very repair-friendly as well, as it required the display to be removed from the device for access to anything other than the battery.


source: iFixit

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Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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27 Comments

1. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

The battery though, why so concealed

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

No removable back so leaving out the chance that the battery loosens from it's place after a drop or something is a must.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Also to keep the internals rigid. It's easy to bend and crack the board inside. The battery adds some resistance to being bent.

4. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

All batteries do that, don't still see why it is so deep inside

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

wont be easy to repair without the help of Samsung repair services ....more cash lol

6. Sauce5 unregistered

You could if you take your time. Some patience with a heat gun or blow dryer, suction cup, a screw driver, and you're all set =)

11. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

How does a heat gun or blow dryer fall into place here? :/ :/ :/ :/... Anyways I still think they would've achieved the same goal with the battery not having to be behind the mother board

12. Sauce5 unregistered

"The handset's insides look neat, tidy, and snug, but overally – the phone is not much easier to take apart than the HTC One M9, which was torn down a couple of days ago." Do you have the ability to put context with context? If so, reread my comment :) It was a reply to "won't be easy to repair without the help of Samsung.." :/ :/ :/ :/ ...

14. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Oh lool thought as much, but then you said screw driver which is a normal tool most likely used, so I thought I was missing something here

15. Sauce5 unregistered

My bad :) I could have written more detail. Sometimes at work I go sit on the toilet and browse PA and other sites, rushing back before they realize someone can't possibly be taking a 30 minute poop every day lol.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe heat reasons? Just a guess, I'm not pretending to be an engineer.

7. KENTOZ

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

I still prefer removable battery and plastic back cover for S6 edge

16. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

get s5

17. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's why you're holding an iPhone?

8. gaming64 unregistered

Still wont buy it. I need a Note 4.

9. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

do whatever you want to do man....

13. OkForAll777

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

Too bad for the S6 Edge because I was planning to buy next month here in Saudi Arabia. I wish the battery will last day like my Z3 Compact.

19. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It won't. Check out Erica Griffin's S6 edge review, she had the juice of 38% that is estimated to last for 4 hours & a hundred percent charge means it might last you for 10.5 hours. She even said that she charge the phone twice a day so she doesn't recommend it for the power users.

27. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Erica Griffin is not a competent tech reviewer. So, pay no attention to her.

22. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

It all depends on usage. One persons normal use might be more harsh on the battery than another persons. My Nexus 6 doesn't even last a day with 3220 mah battery because I have crap cell service killing my battery and I play lots of games.

24. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You are considered a power user because of games so that's normal with your Nexus 6. She had the T-Mobile end user product to review.

18. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

At least it's not hollow like the iPhone 6... /s

20. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Agree. And comparing the price to Apple's, I'd say $900 for the 128gb model is well justified for the pack of technology they used and considering that Sammy phones depreciate rapidly after 6 months.

23. gaming64 unregistered

At least it's not as hollow as your brain.

25. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Please elaborate how he got a hollow brain or you must be an apple fanboy with rigid ego.

21. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

I wonder if the Chinese will come out with metal back replacements?...

26. faha1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Wonderful

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