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Note 7 teardown: Another difficult to repair Samsung phone?

What’s better than the launch of a shiny new smartphone? When it gets destroyed in the name of furthering technical knowledge among the general public, of course.

And the guys over at iFixit have done just that to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in their latest ‘teardown’, in which the phone fared about as well as Samsung’s other recent efforts in terms of repairability.

That is to say, you probably shouldn’t break or attempt to fix your Note 7 at all, as the repairability test resulted in a rating of just 4 out of 10 – only slightly better than the S7’s 3 out of 10.

The summary states that, although ‘many components are modular and can be replaced independently’, the ‘front and back glass make for double the crackability, and strong adhesive on the rear glass makes it very difficult to gain entry into the device’.

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Note 7 testA recent durability test also found the scratch resistance to be less than ideal

It seems the curved glass, which gives the phone its unmistakably sleek profile, also makes it incredibly difficult to try and repair the handset without destroying the display.

Elsewhere, the team found several sealed components that allow the Note to gain that IP68 rating, which means it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes.

The headphone jack is evidently sealed using a sealing gasket, the speakers are protected by layers of material, and the all-important S Pen chamber has been coated with enough glue to stop liquid seeping through to the innards.

And when it comes to the S Pen itself, the test revealed it to be more sensitive than the Apple Pencil and Surface Pen.

Also confirmed was that the phone shares its camera, flash memory, and gyroscope with the Galaxy S7. The chipset is almost identical, too.

There is a third camera, which is used as part of the iris scanner, and the phablet’s 3500mAh battery, although not quite up to the level of the S7 Edge‘s cell, is a much better offering than the iPhone 6S Plus‘ 10.45Wh battery.

You can read about the iFixit team’s findings in more detail on the site itself.

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