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Introduction

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.

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
  • 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

Hi. What model / supplier is the fingerprint sensor? Do you have any picture on that part?

Kevin Cass - Reply

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.
  • 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.

Hey iFixit. Please, please share a high resolution version of the X-ray so that we can use it as a wallpaper. You used to do it for the iPhones.

nishantatripathi - Reply

  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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Deck the Halls
With tools and Fix Kits
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.
  • 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!

What iris scanner is the Note 8 using?

Timi Afolabi - Reply

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

no NFC controller?

zhaoqian - Reply

Flipping the board over we find:
  • 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

what is different board color green and iphone board black color ? same quality or not ?

eastmail90 - Reply

board color can be customized,has nothing to do with quality,related to cost and beauty

zhaoqian -

The Quallcomm PMIC marked PM8998, not, PM 9886 .

petersun - Reply

why not show the charger IC ?

chenxin - Reply

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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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)

Does the display still work? Maybe glass only is an option if you can get it out.

Gigabit87898 - Reply

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.
  • 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.

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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!
  • 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.

Greetings,

How do you remove earpiece speaker?

Heriberto - Reply

Greetings,

How do you remove the earpiece speaker of the Note 8, also what are the recomended temperature for removing the LCD frame and perform separation.

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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
4
Repairability 4 out of 10
(10 is easiest to repair)

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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 -

@gigabit87898 Don't get worked up over this guy. Every device has ups and downs. iPhones can't have Qi because of the metal back. But Samsungs have glass which makes it prone to cracking. Samsungs aren't actually competing against Apple in the same way XBox isn't competing with PS4. Apple people will be Apple people and Android people will be Android people. Same deal with consoles. At least until they switch. And when they switch it likely isn't because of the repairability score.

Samsung isn't "The" Android anymore. If you really want to pit Android vs. apple it should be pixel vs. iPhone or not at all. Also take a look at the OnePlus 5's score.

George A. -

@pccheese good point; I do have a Samsung and I don't really have a preference anymore when it comes to iOS vs android but I hate it when people bash apple with false facts.

Gigabit87898 -

well the note 4 was imo also better designed than this pile of crap, the battery could be replaced by the user without having to go through ANY screse and no %#*@ glue either.

My1 -

Really great tear down. You guys always go above and beyond. Looks like a nice phone, will be interesting to see what Apple responds with in a few days.

zhunterzz - Reply

They are going to be innovative and add a 3.5mm stereo jack to their next model. Then charge $50 for some ridiculously sounding headphones.

Michael Fouts -

The iPhone 7 is rated IP67. The difference between that and IP68 is undefined, up to the manufacturer, but immersion deeper than 1 metres, up to 3 metres.

In case anybody is wondering, "OIS" is an abbreviation for "Optical Image Stabilization".

irvbromberg - Reply

IP68 is a defined rating. Basically 5 feet (1.5 meters) for half an hour with pressure shifts (can include phone and water movement). IP67 is 1 meter maximum pressure (device not moving, water still) for 30 minutes.

Do people even Google these days?

carbonfibreoptik -

I love the Samsung's I think they r the best I love the note 5 with the pen to take notes so I'm waiting for the 8 I want this phone can't wait!!!!

Wendy - Reply

Love love these phones and with Verizon I get service EVERYWHERE!!!!HAVEN'T FOUND A PLACE YET I CAN'T GET SERVICE

Wendy - Reply

I need to know which camera sensor s8 & note 8 has been used?

Why didn't you mentioned it?

Sagor - Reply

Much easier to repair when you have Samsung authorized tools - The screens come off so easy :)

SecretGuy - Reply

At least Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is easier to disassemble than Essential Phone.

Mandy - Reply

camera sensor name, please mention

Sandeep Bhuyan - Reply

Any idea where I can get that X-ray pic of the phone in Step 2 in full size?

Chad Preslar - Reply

Click on the thumbnail, then click on the image. It should take you to a new tab to show the full size image.

Nazmi Lao -

It is no longer about hardware. All of the top phones boast impressive hardware that is powerful enough for a majority of the cell phone using world. Now the battle has started shifting to software and in this aspect, I do think Apple has taken the lead with the focus on enabling normal people to take amazing photos. The latest announcement of the lighting toolbox on the new phones takes this even a step further. Augmented Reality is next up so it should be fun to see what the developers can come up with to entice regular people unto using AR.

anonymous 1297 - Reply

I was an Apple user for a number of years (Iphone 5, 6 and 6S), I reluctanly moved back into Android with the Note 8.

The pics on my Note 8 look spot on mate! Especiall with the fantastic screen to view them on… I use a DLSR to so I can spot a sharp image or two…

What drove me away from Apple?

In order of annoyance, lack of built in memory, the screen size, ramping of pricing.

What I’ve found so far, is that Android apps are more prone to fall over, but the general connectivity provided by Google, leads to a more seamless user experiance and the screen man is AMAZING on the Note 8!

Dave Kotula -

Hi. What model / supplier is the fingerprint sensor? Do you have any picture on that part?

Kevin Cass - Reply

Harder to disassemble means phone packs s lot of tech in a very compact way.

Jinda insan - Reply

Lets remember that the today’s iPhone is a Samsung phone that you bought in 2014.

Enrique Hoyos - Reply

I hear certain countries actually let fanboys literally marry their devices. There's still hope. lol

Roger -

Samsung really have a very good taste of style when it comes to tearing down iPhone is so crapy

Steven Baffoe - Reply

Saying Samsung has a “good taste” when it comes to tearing down versus an iPhone could easily be sarcasm so I'm not sure what direction you're actually going in. I'm also not sure if you do repairs for a living or not but if you did you'd probably appreciate iPhones more than you seem to. lol

Roger -

Where is the LTE antenna located on these? After about a week suddenly my LTE signal went from about -80 dBA at home to bouncing between about -95 and -130 dBa. I still have my old Note 5 and on the same LTE band with the same carrier it sits pretty much right at -80 dBA in the same location…

Jake Martinez - Reply

How can i fix my note 8 display i brake it and how much it will cost

emu khan - Reply

How can i fix my note 8 display i broke it amd how much it will cost. I am from bangladesh.

emu khan - Reply

This phone is very pricey. Could I save $$$ if I bought the parts independently and put the phone together myself?

Raymond Johnson - Reply

Maybe you can buy all parts online but not now. Buy Galaxy Note 8 parts here.

Mandy -

The “I” phone may be easier to tear down but is that due to it neading to be easier due to the amount of times they need repairing, having all that glue prevents the components from moving about in relation to the other components, when a item is easy to pull apart that makes it much easier for components to shift and get damaged.

Poppy Ann lynagh-smith - Reply

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