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Samsung Galaxy S6 battery removable after all

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It seems as if the Samsung Galaxy S6 battery can be removed after all, though it'll prove a lot tricker than simply peeling a thin piece of plastic off.

Samsung's new flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, have attracted a lot of praise for their revised designs. However, they've also attracted a lot of criticism from Samsung traditionalists for abandoning a couple of core principles.

The main one of those is the ability to open the phones up and replace their batteries. However, it seems as if carrying around a spare battery won't be completely out of the question for the new range after all.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 manual is now available to download from Samsung's website, and stashed away right at the end of this 140 page PDF file are instructions on how to open the Galaxy S6 up and access its battery.

Of course, it should be noted that this is a rather fiddly and invasive procedure that involves removing the device's circuit board and disconnecting a lead joining the battery to the body of the phone.

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As you might imagine, this six step process is intended for use by authorised repair agents only, and carrying it out yourself will void your warranty.

Upon reflection, then, the Samsung Galaxy S6 won't really have a removable battery in the practical sense of the word. But at the very least there's a relatively simple process in place should you want to replace a depleted battery after a year or so of ownership.

John

March 9, 2015, 10:06 am

I've owned several Galaxy phones including the extended battery / back panels, and I honestly don't think it's a big deal that the battery isn't removable. These days you can buy portable battery packs/chargers which are superb. High capacity and good price eg. Tecknet. Have one of those in your car or bag and you can charge anywhere without a mains socket.

Yan Huang

March 9, 2015, 11:00 am

Eh. Calling a battery "removable after all" when it requires a service centre taking the phone apart to do isn't removable, it is entirely non user-removable. It's just as removable as on the iPhone, HTC One or Nexus 5, nobody calls them "removable after all". If you count a battery as removable when you have to disassemble it in a way the manufacturer does not authorize the user to do and void your warranty then sure, ANY phone's battery is removable. This isn't just non-news, it's misleading to the extreme.

Yan Huang

March 9, 2015, 11:05 am

Except to provide equivalent capacity portable battery packs tend to be several times larger than a spare internal battery and furthermore using a phone with a USB cable dangling out of it into your bag on a crowded subway just isn't practical. Not to mention it takes hours and wears down your "non-removable" battery a lot faster whereas with a spare you go from 0 to 100% in 60 seconds flat.

John Smith

March 9, 2015, 12:33 pm

There's always a whiner. You don't seem to understand that Samsung were forced into this by the biased iMedia. No doubt they will find another angle, so Samsung will have to come up with a metal body and still have a removable battery, possibly the S7. The sheep follow the media, so Samsung had to go down this route or they would have been slaughtered and heading for a sales meltdown. Deal with it, don't blame them, blame the media. Most people aren't important enough to need a battery change during the day, just turn the screen brightness down and be sensible and you will get enough use until you can reach a power point, for a quick charge. At least they didn't do this when battery performance was weaker and charge times slow. The masses who will buy this phone will be the same masses who bought iPhones knowing they couldn't just change the battery, so it's just about numbers. When the battery dies a couple of years down the road, at least some people, who have an ounce of ability, will be able to follow the instructions and change the battery without the need to pay someone to do it.

v1nce

March 9, 2015, 12:46 pm

One of the big deals about a removable battery is over time the battery loses the ability to charge over time and you can simply buy a new one for a low cost and you're good to go. An external battery pack won't help you if the battery loses capacity. There's really no substitute for a removable battery.

Yan Huang

March 9, 2015, 12:47 pm

"There's always a whiner."

Yes. You. I don't see where I blamed anyone for anything except the writer of this article for a misleading title.

That said regardless of your completely off-topic rant the vast majority of people (i.e. around 80%) want bigger phones with better battery life.

IMO the only thing I blame Samsung for is not changing the name of the device while fundamentally changing all of its defining features. After all it shares more in common with the Galaxy Alpha than the S5.

ciph3ro

March 9, 2015, 2:19 pm

LiPo batteries don't lose capacity with charging cycles the same way Li ion batteries did. The technology has changed. Flagship phones and laptops in the last 3-4 years have had mainly LiPo... I wouldn't buy a lithium ion battery anything anymore.

ciph3ro

March 9, 2015, 2:20 pm

LiPo batteries don't lose capacity with charging cycles the same way Li ion batteries did so charging it more won't really matter.

I've had my OnePlus One since it first came out and I can still get about 2 days of battery life out of it with moderate use or over 3 days with lighter use.

ciph3ro

March 9, 2015, 2:23 pm

No SD card and no removable battery don't bother me.

The iPhone has the same and it's wildly popular. My OnePlus is the same and it's hands down the best phone I've ever used. I don't think it's a big deal. A smaller battery goes a much longer way nowadays than it did a couple of years ago. The S6 probably goes for almost 2 days of battery life or at least 1.5. We'll see when the tests and reviews come out.

One thing I have t say though: The S6 Edge is really sexy and there doesn't seem to be another phone like it. I really like the immersion it offers; you can even notice it in videos so I can't wait to see it in person.

v1nce

March 9, 2015, 2:51 pm

According to specs the iPhone 6 and Samsung S5 &6 uses Lithium Ion batteries.

Yan Huang

March 9, 2015, 3:21 pm

Maybe it's all part of planned obsolescence :-)

That said even for non-removable batteries like these you can still replace them with some work, which is sorta what the article was about all along. They rarely costs much more and the only difference is it's harder to fit, but if you're only doing it once every few years that's no biggie.

v1nce

March 9, 2015, 3:37 pm

They do lose capacity with age though appx 20%/yr and so after 2 years you're down 40%, where I can buy another battery at $10 and be back to 100% capacity with my removable Lion. "a typical lipo battery that is full most of the time, kept at 25 degrees C or 77 degrees F will lose roughly 20% capacity per year. The capacity loss begins from the time the battery was manufactured, and occurs even when the battery is unused."

LiPo cells are affected by the same problems as other lithium-ion cells. This means that overcharge, over-discharge, over-temperature, short circuit, crush and nail penetration may all result in a catastrophic failure, including the pouch rupturing, the electrolyte leaking, and fire.[20]

Also there's this safety concern for LiPos:

All Li-ion cells expand at high levels of state of charge (SOC) or over-charge, due to slight vaporisation of the electrolyte. This may result in delamination, and thus bad contact of the internal layers of the cell, which in turn brings diminished reliability and overall cycle life of the cell.[11] This is very noticeable for LiPos, which can visibly inflate due to lack of a hard case to contain their expansion.

Compared to cylindrical Li-ion cells, LiPos lack integrated safety devices such as a current interrupting device (CID) or a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) material that is able to protect against an over-current or an over-temperature.

Bruce Crossan

March 9, 2015, 4:32 pm

If you have to disassemble the phone to get the battery out... I wouldn't call it removable and even more so the fact that because of the circuit board being in the way, there won't be any aftermarket extended batteries which is a no go for me. And no SD card just means when my S5 needs replacing... will have to look elsewhere other than Samsung. Both SD card and extended battery are a must in my book.

Peter

March 9, 2015, 7:45 pm

It's good to see that there are people that think logically :)

kumarslvr

March 10, 2015, 7:51 am

If you call this removable battery than 99% of the phone on the market have removable batteries, i have changed iPhone batteries, moto g battery, my LG g2 battery etc

kumarslvr

March 10, 2015, 7:59 am

claiming a un release phone with 2500 mAh and QHD display to last 2 days or 1.5 days is logical?

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