Introduction

We stripped down the Samsung E60 eReader to its basic components!

Equipped with a Cortex A8 CPU, 256 Mb of RAM, 2Gb of Flash, USB OTG, Wifi, Bluetooth, SDCard slot and a 6" 600 x 800 e-Ink display, this device plays into the same category as the Amazon Kindle or the B&N Nook.

In Europe and in France particularly, its price has dropped from an introductory 329 Euros down to 99 Euros plus a 50 Euros refund, making it the cheapest available eReader available.

Many thanks to SegmentationFault for providing us with a device!

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Samsung E60, use our service manual.

Image 1/1: Remove all accessories, including battery, stylus and additional MicroSD Card
  • Turn the device upside-down and slide open the back panel

  • Remove all accessories, including battery, stylus and additional MicroSD Card

  • Remove the 5 screws using a Philips #000 screwdriver

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Image 1/2: Gently twist the back cover at one of the keyboard corners to separate it from the keyboard top Image 2/2: The back cover is maintained by 3 or 4 invisible hooks on each side of the device
  • Turn the device to have the screen up and slide open the keyboard

  • Gently twist the back cover at one of the keyboard corners to separate it from the keyboard top

  • The back cover is maintained by 3 or 4 invisible hooks on each side of the device

  • Following the join, squeeze gently the back cover to open it

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Image 1/2: Take off the 2 speakers that are soft-glued into their cavity Image 2/2: Take off the 2 speakers that are soft-glued into their cavity
  • Gently pull up the 2 speaker connectors

  • Take off the 2 speakers that are soft-glued into their cavity

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Image 1/3: Make sure the keyboard is in the open position to get the maximum length for the screen's Flat Plastic Cable (FPC) Image 2/3: Press the 2 top hooks to release the PCB Image 3/3: There may be a sticker close to the 2 bottom hooks: peel it
  • The main PCB is maintained by 2 hooks at the top and 2 at the bottom

  • Make sure the keyboard is in the open position to get the maximum length for the screen's Flat Plastic Cable (FPC)

  • Press the 2 top hooks to release the PCB

  • There may be a sticker close to the 2 bottom hooks: peel it

  • Lift the PCB up and disconnect the screen FPC cable, then remove completely the PCB from the plastic case

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Image 1/2: Separate the plastic keyboard top from the screen assembly Image 2/2: Separate the plastic keyboard top from the screen assembly
  • Unscrew the 6 short black screws using a Philips #00 screwdriver

  • Separate the plastic keyboard top from the screen assembly

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  • Push in the 3 small metallic hooks from the back of the keyboard to release the brushed aluminium keys

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Image 1/2: Remove the 5 screws usign a Philips #000 screwdriver Image 2/2: Separate the sliding assembly from the plastic top
  • Remove the 3 top metallic stickers that hide 3 screws

  • Remove the 5 screws usign a Philips #000 screwdriver

  • Separate the sliding assembly from the plastic top

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Image 1/2: Pull up the small black lever on each connector (4 of them) on the intermediate PCB to release the corresponding cable Image 2/2: Pull up the small black lever on each connector (4 of them) on the intermediate PCB to release the corresponding cable
  • Remove all the transparent tapes on the PCBs and connectors, keeping the top one holding the screen to the plastic case

  • Pull up the small black lever on each connector (4 of them) on the intermediate PCB to release the corresponding cable

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Image 1/2: Remove the 2 screws that hold the "Next/Prev" key PCB in place using a Philips #000 screwdriver Image 2/2: Remove the 2 screws that hold the "Next/Prev" key PCB in place using a Philips #000 screwdriver
  • Remove the left touchscreen FPC by pushing the 2 ears on the tiny intermediate plastic part to remove it out from the touchscreen PCB connector, then pull apart the FPC cable itself

  • Remove the 2 screws that hold the "Next/Prev" key PCB in place using a Philips #000 screwdriver

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Image 1/2: Lift up the small lever on top of the conenctor to release the "Prev/Next" FPC cable Image 2/2: Remove the transparent tape that holds the screen to the pastic top
  • Turn the "Prev/Next" keys PCB up, remove the transparent tape from the connector

  • Lift up the small lever on top of the conenctor to release the "Prev/Next" FPC cable

  • Remove the transparent tape that holds the screen to the pastic top

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Image 1/1: We would like to thank you for joining us tonight during this monumental endeavor.
  • As always, we provide each device with a fitting final layout shot that it so greatly deserves.

  • We would like to thank you for joining us tonight during this monumental endeavor.

  • When reassembling the device, make sure to exercise slowly the sliding keyboard before closing, in order to verify that the screen FPC cable is correctly in place and will not be sheared by the sliding assembly!

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  • As a reference, here are the PCB top and bottom views.

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