It’s Christmas in April at iFixit, and Samsu Claus just came to town with another tasty morsel—the Samsung Galaxy S5!
Following yesterday’s super-fixable Gear 2 smartwatch, the S5 is a bit of a disappointment. Samsung made things harder to fix. The S III and S4 featured internal components on the back of a large display assembly. The S5, however, sandwiches the components in their own difficult-to-access compartment between the display and the battery. As a result, the S5 received a fitting 5 out of 10 repairability score—a full three points less than last year’s model, and the lowest we’ve ever scored a Samsung smartphone.
• The phone includes a 3.85 V, 10.78 Wh battery. Samsung touted a better battery-saving mode, but failed to specify the life of this guy in its advertising—listing the battery spec as 2800 mAh. That is a slight upgrade from the S4’s 3.8 V and 2600 mAh (9.88 Wh) battery.
• The S5 has a little door marked “R1” on the back of the phone that opens to disconnect a sole cable. We found out later in the teardown that disconnecting that very home button cable from the start would have made the display removal much easier. Neato!
• Present and accounted for is the expected fingerprint scanner tech. The control chip is labeled 1200P E43F2.
• Some galaxies have stars. This one has chips: