The Galaxy S5 teardown reveals an interesting hardware design undertaken to prevent water and dust damage.
The Galaxy S5 is set to launch later this week. The device features a new finger scanner, 16 MP camera sensor and a textured back along with a heart rate sensor and a flatter version of the TouchWiz UI. While most hardware details of the device are already known, a teardown of the Galaxy S5 from the iFixit team gives us a better look at the innards of the device and an insight as to how it is put together.
First off, the basics: The Galaxy S5 is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16/32 GB flash memory that is manufactured by Samsung. There is a micro-SD card slot that can accommodate a 128 GB SD card. Connectivity is in the form of 802.11/ac MIMO Wi-Fi, LTE Category 4, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and MicroUSB 3.0.
The Galaxy S5 comes with a removable back cover as well as a removable battery. The back cover features a rubber gasket that protects the vitals like the battery and makes the device dust and water resistant. The Galaxy S5 will withstand minor splashes of water, but it is not advisable to submerge the device. The battery on the device is a 2800 mAh 3.85 V 10.78 Wh variant that comes with a software-based power saving mode that is said to make the device last longer on a single charge.
At the back of the device is the 16 MP ISOCELL sensor manufactured by Samsung that can shoot 4K video at 30 fps. The front 2 MP camera can shoot full-HD videos.
The Galaxy S5 scored 5 out of 10 on iFixit’s scale, mainly due to the fact that any additional tinkering requires the removal of the display, which is secured by adhesive. While interior components like the camera module and headphone jack are standard and can be interchanged, they are not easily accessible. Usually, Samsung packages components behind the display, but in the Galaxy S5, it has sandwiched them in between the screen and the battery. This is likely done to better shield the innards against dust and water damage.
There isn’t any official bill of materials available, but it is estimated that the manufacturing cost of the Galaxy S5 is 15 percent more than that of the Galaxy S4 due to the additional sensors. That would mean a cost of $250 for a device that is retailing for around $800.