Samsung Gear Live gets torn down by iFixit, has a Wi-Fi chip inside for some reason


Last updated: July 8th, 2014 at 18:03 UTC+02:00

That’s right, folks, Samsung’s first Android Wear smartwatch has gone under the knife once again, with the experts over at iFixit the ones to pull it apart this time around. The Gear Live scored a favorable 8 out of 10 points when it comes to repairability – it has an easy to open case despite the water-resistance certification and its battery can be readily accessed and replaced, but the use of adhesive on the screen makes replacing the display a costly affair, an obstacle that is commonly present on mobile devices.

The previous teardown – done by the folks over at AnandTechrevealed that the Gear Live runs off a standard smartphone processor (the Snapdragon 400), but an even more interesting aspect has surfaced in the iFixit teardown. The Gear Live apparently houses a Wi-Fi chip, something it shouldn’t have since the smartwatch isn’t supposed to connect to the internet on its own, but maybe this is a sign that Samsung’s rumored cellular-enabled Gear smartwatch is under development and could make an official appearance soon, possibly with both .

Head over to the source link for the full teardown details.



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