The Spring has become a fairly busy time in the tech world over the past couple of years, and this is no doubt down to Samsung. For the past three years now, the firm has used Mobile World Congress – held every February in Barcelona, Spain – to launch their flagship smartphones. This year saw the launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the follow-ups to last year’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Now in their seventh iteration, it’s no surprise to see that Samsung’s flagships are getting the same sort of treatment as the iPhone and other big device launches. That means teardowns, too. We’ve already seen quite a few of them, including a teardown of the Galaxy S7 by the folks at iFixit, but now, they’ve taken their tools to the Galaxy S7 Edge in their latest teardown.
Even though last year’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were very similar devices, it appeared as though the latter was put together a little differently to the former. This year however, the two brothers are even closer than ever before. Seeing the two devices side-by-side in various forms of undress reveals a remarkably similar design, not just in the layout of components, but also the motherboards themselves. One thing that iFixit noted from the previous Galaxy S6 Edge is that this device doesn’t feature a battery that’s taped to the inner-chassis. Sadly – and not entirely unsurprisingly – the Galaxy S7 Edge scored just 3/10 in the firm’s repairability score. This is down to the fact that to replace a broken USB port, the display would be broken in the process and the rear panel is fixed with some “stubborn adhesive” in iFixit’s words.
Teardowns like these are good fun to take a look at, and those even remotely curious will be happy to take a look at what’s under the glossy glass and metal frame of Samsung’s latest and greatest. Those that followed the Galaxy S7 teardown will no doubt get a strong sense of de ja vu, but that’s always to be expected when these two are members of the same family.