04 April 2018
Samsung unveiled the new flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ last month in Barcelona. The devices quickly grabbed the attention of tech enthusiasts, thanks to the new dual-aperture camera technology. Recently, iFixit tore down the new Galaxy S9+ and made us understand what’s inside.
The teardown shows that the signature variable camera aperture is made possible with a simple design – a camera with two ring-like blades instead of typical five-blade apertures. Also, prying inside the hardware, we can see that the camera and iris system is very much the same as that on the Galaxy S8. This proves that the AR Emoji is purely software-based as compared to the involvement of hardware on the iPhone X. The battery inside the new flagship is 3,500 mAh, 3.85V, and 13.48Wh, similar (not the same) to the one used on the infamous Galaxy Note 7.
iFixit mentions that the device was hard to open due to the plenty of glue that was used to keep a watertight bond. Even though there is a dual camera setup, the cameras are really one part of a single PCB and single connector. Also, removing the battery is difficult followed by the display, which requires removing the rear glass panel with care. Overall, the device is a bit difficult to open and repair individually.