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The Note7 came in hot but went out in a show of flames and combustion. Rising out of its ashes is Fawkes the Note8! Samsung has pulled out all the stops on the specs of this phone, and added a few stops where the battery’s concerned. Join us—and hopefully not the local fire department—as we open up the Samsung Galaxy Note8!

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Samsung Galaxy Note8, use our service manual.

  1. The Note8 is a tall phone. Let's see what occupies all that space:
    • The Note8 is a tall phone. Let's see what occupies all that space:

      • Edge-to-edge, 6.3" Super AMOLED display, 18.5:9 aspect ratio with 2960 × 1440 resolution (521 ppi) and Gorilla Glass 5

      • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 6 GB RAM

      • 3300 mAh battery

      • Dual-lens, dual OIS main camera system with one 12 MP wide-angle lens with ƒ/1.7 aperture and one 12 MP telephoto lens with ƒ/2.4 aperture

      • 64/128/256 GB of internal storage with 256 GB available via microSD expansion

      • S Pen slot, USB-C port, and headphone jack

      • IP68 dust and water resistance rating

  2. You can see right through this phone if you squint hard and have the ability to fire high-energy photons.
    • You can see right through this phone if you squint hard and have the ability to fire high-energy photons.

    • The X-ray intel suggests a somewhat familiar layout, but a little physical poking and prodding is definitely in order. Ready the tools!

    • But first, a quick exterior comparison of the Note8 and Note7 Fan Edition reveals a bigger display, slimmer bezels, and a fingerprint sensor that has migrated to the back of the phone—where it's now joined by not one, but two cameras.

    • This glue-ridden heat-pry-and-slice opening procedure is certainly not our favorite, but at least by now it's getting familiar. As usual, it all starts with our trusty iOpener.

    • Cracking open the phone, we spy a delicate fingerprint sensor cable. This makes carving through all that glue a bit treacherous as the cable might be easy to slice right through if you aren't expecting it.

    • We are pleased that we get to use a Phillips driver to remove the midframe/NFC antenna/PMA and Qi wireless charging coil combo.

    • After removing that maxed-out midframe, we remove the bottom speaker assembly to get our first peek at the internals.

      • Familiar components, unfamiliar places— the battery is placed nearly dead-center, and the vibrator migrated to the bottom right. Goodbye standard Note/Galaxy S layout.

      • Is this a subtle response to past battery woes, or just Samsung working to tidy up? Time to take a look at that power plant.

    • In line with other recent Samsung phones, the battery squats in a little pit of glue-lined sadness, but we quickly set to work digging it free.

      • A little heat can help soften the glue here, but heat and lithium-ion batteries form a combustible mix—so we opt for a different solution.

    • This Samsung SDI-made battery plonks down 12.71 Wh (3300 mAh at 3.85 V) of capacity.

    • Next we get our hands on the motherboard, along with the Note8’s many cameras.

    • If we were impressed with the number of cameras last time, the new Note ups the ante with four cameras:

      • Facing the front of the phone we have an iris scanner and an 8 MP, ƒ/1.7 camera.

      • Facing the rear we have Samsung's new dual camera module: one wide-angle and one telephoto camera, both with OIS. This system allows for some pretty cool new features.

      • OIS confirmed. This magic bonus image reveals a squad of dense, dark shapes—those'd be the magnets—surrounding both camera lenses. Neat!

    • Let's notate what powers all of this screen:

    • Flipping the board over we find:

      • Qualcomm WTR5975 RF transceiver

      • Avago AFEM-9053 power amplification module

      • Skyworks 77365 quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE power amplification module

      • Qualcomm PM8998 PMIC

      • Murata KM7628048 Wi-Fi module

    • We reserve the right to continue bellyaching about the opening procedure on these phones, but once inside it's not all bad news.

      • The USB-C port, a component that will experience wear, can be removed with the daughterboard.

      • Meanwhile, the 3.5 mm headphone jack is present (huzzah!) and completely modular. We find this essential on premium handsets.

      • All that, plus an IP68 water/dust ingress protection rating that bests Apple's efforts. Not too shabby.

    • The front-facing sensor assembly is also present on its own little board—another easily replaceable module!

    • Next we open up the S Pen compartment … to find the S Pen. Kind of obvious I guess, but we couldn’t help ourselves.

    • The Note8's OLED panel has been much ballyhooed, with many superlatives, but we're mostly just interested in how it comes off.

    • Answer: bring heat and alllllll your opening picks.

    • This Samsung-manufactured display bests all previous smartphone displays and represents a significant step forward from what we saw in the S8 series just a few months ago. Small wonder that a certain fruit company wants in on the action.

      • Along for the ride: Samsung S6SY661X (likely touch controller)

    • With both the Note7 and Note8 styluses on hand, we couldn't help but do our own comparison—Star Wars style.

    • After glorious combat we asked our friends at Creative Electron to show us the inner-workings of the S Pen.

      • Unfortunately, they found no kyber crystals.

    • We hope you took notes along the way, because this Note is kaput!

    • Big thanks to Creative Electron for once again bringing our teardown into a new dimension!

    • Feast your eyes on all the bits and stay tuned for a score.

  3. Final Thoughts
    • Many components, including all of those that experience wear, are modular and can be replaced independently.
    • The only screws in this phone are standard Phillips screws.
    • The battery can be replaced, but tough adhesive and a glued-on rear panel make it unnecessarily difficult.
    • All repairs require removing the glass rear panel, which is challenging due to the large amount of adhesive.
    • Replacing the display requires removing the glass rear panel and the display, both of which are fragile and secured with strong adhesive.
    Repairability Score
    Repairability 4 out of 10
    (10 is easiest to repair)


The iPhone is way better designed than this, when I had to replace my screen it was just two screws and the screen comes off first...

Gaj B - Reply

The iPhone is not IP68.

Steve Galbincea -

ignore him, he's a 12 year old iDiot who wants to feel better about his horrible purchase by spamming every samsung teardown with nonsense. probably gets bullied irl too

Bogdan Lol -

Lets not forget that this samsung device has a headphone jack.

Arnold -

Bogdan Lol sounds like a Samsung fanboy that has to resort to having to argue with people over the internet to get their way because they can't in real life. Also it isn't nonsense; its facts. The iPhone line has almost always had more repairability and durability because it has only 1 glass panel instead of 2. And, Steve's point is nonsense because it is only a difference of .5 of a meter and unless you plan to take your phone scuba diving it isn't very relevant.

Gigabit87898 -

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