Surprise (not really): The Galaxy S9+ is very tough to repair
When the Galaxy Note 8 came out and the experts over at iFixit decided to open it up, they gave the phone a poor rating of 4 points out of 10 for repairability. There’s no S Pen on the Galaxy S9+, but it does have much of the same tech inside as the Note 8 along with some new stuff, such as a camera that can switch between two apertures. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that the S9+ is as tough to repair, and iFixit has given it the same score as the Galaxy Note 8 following its usual teardown treatment.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ gets the teardown treatment
Taking apart the front and rear glass panels on the Galaxy S9+ is a dangerous affair, as they can easily break in the process. iFixit knows their way around these limitations, however, and we get to take a look at all the hardware laid inside. The Dual Aperture primary camera uses two rotating ring-like blades for switching between f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture; the secondary rear camera sits just below, and both form a single unit sitting on a single PCB. Combined with the iris sensor and front-facing camera, the S9+ holds four image sensors in total. The camera assembly also confirms that the Galaxy S9 is codenamed Star, something that was revealed many months before the devices were unveiled.
The teardown reveals that the 3,500 mAh battery is extremely hard to pry out, as it’s held down with tons of glue. Replacing a broken display is also a time-consuming affair, as the entire phone must be disassembled and “tough adhesive” has to be battled to get through. None of this comes as a surprise, though, as Samsung’s flagships phones pack advanced tech inside thin bodies and, since last year, slim bezels around the display, bezels that have become narrower this year and resulted in the Galaxy S9 and S9+ being shorter than their predecessors. Of course, the regular Galaxy S9’s repairability probably hasn’t changed compared to the Galaxy S8, as it misses out on the dual rear camera.
Hit the source link below to go through iFixit’s complete Galaxy S9+ teardown process. Don’t forget to check out our review of the Galaxy S9 and S9+.