updated 01:50 pm EDT, Mon June 4, 2012
Galaxy S III is judged relatively easy to tear down, gets Gorilla Glass 2
The crew over at iFixIt have, once again, revealed the innards of another consumer electronics device, this time focusing on the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. This time around, however, the report is a little different, as it involved photos from Chipworks, and the iFixIt guys haven't actually put their own hands on the handset. As such, they haven't published a repairability score for the handset.
The phone was fairly easy to take apart, requiring only a spudger and a Philips screwdriver. Its 2,100mAh battery is user-serviceable and also doubles as the antenna for the NFC module. The speaker assembly is also easy to remove, while the eight-megapixel main camera sensor is a Sony BSI unit and is nearly identical to the one used in Apple's iPhone 4S. The front 1.9-megapixel camera should offer better performance than the VGA front cam on the 4S.
The glass is fused to the display, which in turn is attached to the phone's frame, making replacement an expensive proposition. The good news is that the phone uses Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 that is said to be 20 percent thinner and just as strong as the original.
The mainboard houses the quad-core Samsung Exynos A9 processor and 1GB of RAM, along with a Wi-Fi module, flash memory, amp, NFC chip, transceiver, receiver and other components. The only chip not on the mainboard is the Melfas 8PL533 touch sensor.
iFixIt promises to release a repairability score for the Galaxy S III once it gets a unit of its own to take apart and judge.