Teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge reveals some pretty slick camera tech

by: John DyeMarch 4, 2016


With the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge starting to find its way into users’ hands, everyone is excited to see how this puppy performs in the wild. And what’s the first thing you want to do when your brand new Galaxy S7 Edge arrives? Well, if you’re anything like the folks over at Chipworks, then your first instinct is to completely disassemble the device down to its core components and see how it ticks.07-Samsung-Galaxy-S7-Teardown-Camera-Module

This teardown of the Galaxy S7 Edge reveals some pretty interesting specs under the hood, especially regarding the device’s cameras. New to the line is Dual pixel phase detection autofocus (PDAF) technology, which was previously used on the Canon EOS 70D DSLR. Samsung is adapting this technology to suit small-pixel mobile camera chips, so 100% of the main camera’s 12 MP active pixel array stays devoted to funneling data to the AF system. Although we still have to wait to see how the S7 and S7 Edge stack up against other devices in terms of image quality, the hardware we’re seeing for this camera seem to imply that it’s going to be quite the competitor.


The front-facing camera is a compact little device that’s module only measures 8mm x 7.2mm x 5mm. In spite of this, the 5 MP selfie snapper still packs a wallop, and Chipworks has confirmed that the chip has a pixel pitch of 1.34 µm, and the color filter array is Bayer-patterned.

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The primary camera model looks to have an STMicroelectronics K2G2IS gyroscope to stabilize the image, and Chipworks further identified a number of other parts during this disassembly. The much-discussed Snapdragon 820 is revealed as the MSM8996, and it appears that Samsung, as expected, has used their own touch screen controller (part number S6SA552X) in the Galaxy S7 Edge.


To see all the gory details of this vivisection, head on over to Chipworks and dig through the S7 Edge’s guts. In the meantime, let us know what you think of this teardown in the comments below!

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  • Scott Ricketts

    The article says it’s a Sony sensor, I thought Samsung had said it was going to be a Samsung BRITECELL?

    • Abdou Azzedine (A2Z)

      Britecell is a process algorithms not a sensor

    • moew

      Ahhh, another Samsung hater; which is a majority on this site.

      • KeIIer

        Wtf are you talking about?

      • An Droid

        The dude asked an innocent question bro. Don’t be so hateful!

    • Inshaeql

      Heavily customized sony sensor, by default it dosent have dual pixel , sammy added it.

  • Marty

    Played with a GS7 today at AT&T. It’s a lot smoother and faster than the GS6, but it doesn’t look as good. I didn’t care for the styling at all. Didn’t like the curved back glass. The edges of the glass give it a tacked on look.

    • RiTCHiE

      ofcourse its smoother otherwise they have no reason to release a new phone right? But just like any samsung phone, when you just get 1 it runs fast as hell but after some updates they slow it down so you eager to buy a upgrade sooner.

      • bigdoddz

        Wow is that what they do. Slow the phones down to make you want that upgrade. Thats terrible. Makes sense though because my s6 is so slow now ?

        • saksham

          updates actually make the phone faster at least nowadays ! when u get the marshmallow update it will be smoother

          • RiTCHiE

            Lol yea it should work like that but many can confirm that samsung slows your shit down along the road.

          • Phillip

            We get it you don’t like Samsung products not sure why you waste your time troll . The new gs7 is a beast and every thing about it is tops . Hears a thought buy yourself a nexus and be happy

          • Curtis Pocock

            Wish they would have went with the USB type C, other that that looks solid

        • An Droid

          If speed is more important that having lost of shit on your phone, then remove that shit. Back up your phone with SmartSwitch, and do a hard reset. Then just add back what you really need. Samsung doesn’t slow your phone down, you do!

      • Phillip

        Hey speck what you know I’ve had my note 5 and gs6 edge plus since day one and it hasn’t slowdown a bit this isn’t the old gs4 days of old

  • familyguy2095

    Paid off my GS5 and getting GS7E. I was sad when the GS7E+ was taken out. Overall, I like what I’m seeing. However, there are few things i look down on. Thus being said, i can’t complain about the Gear VR with free games. I know you can’t have everything you like in a cell phone. So I have to give this 7.8 – 8.9/10 Stars.

    • RiTCHiE

      This is not a bad product, but giving free shit away with a new product this early kinda says they need them sales badly. I love how the s7 looks tho but fuck that edge model.

      • EasyCare

        I’m surprised that there’s actually a person that hates freebies.

        • Phillip

          I say that same thing all the time . You don’t have to take the free stuff

        • Adam Irvine

          But nothing is ever free… You’re deffo paying for it this time with those prices!

      • Almand3000

        I’m not fond of the edge either, but i like the 5.5 inch screen, hence edge is the one i hav to go for

    • JuneMas

      The Edge Plus came out in September sir, it didn’t launch simultaneously with the original S6 & S6 Edge. They simply made the S7 Edge bigger this time around to differentiate it from the regular S7.

  • RiTCHiE

    S7 looks nice and glad to see the half working sd card is back! But i just hate glass phone and i rather have them go back to that plastic look then this shit. But like always we know samsung is like 2 years behind apple so the s8 will have a full metal body and then is when ill get 1 ,

    • EasyCare

      2 years behind Apple? iPhone 6s’ camera has already lost against the S6, what are you talking about?

      • RiTCHiE

        So a phone is just bout the camera? Sad if you think like that kid.

        • EasyCare

          Of course not, my friend. Though it’s sad to live in delusional world of yours.

    • A.K. S

      I think you meant 2 years ahead of apple. As for the glass and metal, I like it. I love it, actually. It’s done much better than the iphone ever was, if that’s what you mean by being behind. I don’t want an all metal body on a phone. It looks cheaper than plastic, especially when it comes to colors. That looks beyond bad. Nope, I’ll take the glass, thanks.

      • joey crofts

        not to mention a metal body doesnt work with wireless charging

        • coldspring22 .

          Apple is reputed to be working hard on wireless charging that works through metal. But why all that hard work when solution is simply not use metal back? There is nothing inherently “premium” about aluminum, and It’s all matter of personal taste. Aluminum back doesn’t feel good for me, I really can’t say aluminum phone feels more premium than well constructed phones from other materials.

      • RiTCHiE

        Funny how people defend a brand while it has done zero for them. But we all know samsung is behind on apple design wise and samsung been doing a 1 on 1 copy of apple so ill bet the s8 will go full metal body is pass on this weak glass.

        • A.K. S

          I don’t see the copying, tbh. At least, I don’t see it the way you do. I’m much more objective about it. IPhone had copied or stolen pretty much everything it claims to have innovated, and did little to hide their guilt, meaning they obviously copied or stole it. As for Apple design, well, there’s certainly enough about the roots of that on the Internet to dismiss it. The way I see it, Samsung is just doing to apple what apple does to everyone, except they’re actually using the idea as a starting point and not just a snatch and grab. The glass back, for example, is far more premium than the iPhone slab they made with glass. It has shape and ergonomic design. I don’t know what you mean by Samsung not doing anything for anyone. It’s does just as much as iPhone has for you. It’s a device, use it or don’t, but it will never make you breakfast in bed.

        • Phillip

          Why dose that bothers you that some like myself like Samsung phone . Right now the pre-orders are twice as much as lasts year’s phone. Which means they know a thing are two about build quality and now that the software to match it’s check mate

    • Phillip

      Hey folks don’t listen to the Apple troll email jumps on every Samsung forums with the same shit

    • monsterdonutkid

      The glass housing is better for Samsung’s new Liquid Cooling Technology (glass has a significantly lower heat conductivity compared to metal). And honestly, it does not look bad at all. Additionally, a video from ExploreGadgets proves that Samsung’s LCT actually works. Look up “Gaming on Galaxy S7 Edge – Does Liquid Cooling Help” on YouTube.

  • Rick_Deckard

    I am curious if the camera sensor is Sony’s or either Samsung…

    • JuneMas

      It’s a Sony sensor.

  • Anjum Hadayat Butt

    Using Note 4 since marketed and not slowed down a bit. And daily average use is about 12 hours.

  • Corey Smith

    Got my S7 Edge on Friday and have not put it down except to sleep. Upgraded from S4. Hella nice phone I got here. Can’t wait to get the free Gear VR.

  • monsterdonutkid

    Is the second SIM slot also LTE capable? I’m hoping somebody can confirm, but I’m guessing we’ll have to wait until March 11th.