The Galaxy S4 is not even available yet to regular customers and a teardown of the Samsung flagship handset has already been performed.
While iFixit is the go-to source for professional teardown procedures for such popular gadgets, this time we’re looking at a teardown performed by a TechnoBuffalo source with access to the phone.
The Galaxy S4 model that was disassembled for the public’s viewing pleasure is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version, not that it matters all that much when it comes to tearing down the handset.
According to the report, the Galaxy S4 seems to be pretty sturdy when it comes to internal components and “a bit of prying” is required to separate the front and back even after the nine screws that hold everything together are removed.
More importantly, the Galaxy S4 is apparently “incredibly easy to fix,” as various parts can be easily replaced including the microSD card slot, SIM slot, microUSB charging port, camera module and others. However, unlike the displays on the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 that were “easier to remove,” the Gorilla Glass of the Galaxy S4 “could cause a problem,” when trying to service it.
Comparatively, the HTC One is a lot tougher to repair than the Galaxy S4. In fact, Samsung’s new flagship is said to be “one of the ‘most repairable smartphones’” that the person performing the teardown has ever worked on.
Obviously, we’re not recommending anyone to teardown any device in order to repair it, and you’ll be the only person responsible for whatever happens with your gadgets during home repair procedures.