Soon after Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge at MWC 2016, the adventurous folks at Chipworks successfully ripped apart the edge variant, revealing its key internal components. Now, the iFixit team has disassembled the Galaxy S7, revealing each and every component as well. As the Galaxy S7 shares most of the design elements from the Galaxy S6, the teardown procedure remains the same. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggestsAlso Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsApp
To begin with, you need to first heat the glass back panel, unmask it and remove the adhesive. The iFixit team reveals a rubber sealing lining on the 3.5mm audio jack, speaker and lower microphone, which helps in achieving the IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.
Unlike the case with Galaxy S6 where components were stuck together to the midframe, the Galaxy S7 has each component placed separately. The only difficult part is opening the device to gain access. Also thanks to the adhesive, removing the battery is also a little difficult. Samsung has also talked about the heat pipe, which is a flat copper tube that weighs less than half a gram and keeps the device cool. It is connected to the metal frame of the smartphone.
The QHD display and the digitizer are also difficult to replace as circuitry for the same wraps around the capacitive keys and panel of the frame. Similar to last year s Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 has also failed to impress on the repairability scale by scoring 3 out of 10.
It also means that the Galaxy S7 is hardest of Samsung’s Galaxy S range of smartphones to repair. If we look at the repairability scale of previous Samsung Galaxy S smartphones, the S6, the S5 and S4 had scored 4, 5 and 8, respectively. While the Galaxy S4 was pretty easy to repair, the ones after that have been becoming more complex to repair.