Given that the current flagship smartphones Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 + in their time earned for maintainability only four points, to expect high results of the new model was not particularly worth it. Actually, looking ahead, the smartphone Samsung Galaxy Note8 received the same rating - four points. As usual, after the disassembly, a video was mounted, in which the strengths and weaknesses of the design were noted.
Disassembly of the smartphone begins with the dismantling of the glass panel, which covers the back side.
At this stage, there are no special difficulties for dismantling, but paid special attention to the cable for connecting the fingerprint scanner, which can be easily damaged by carelessness.
After this, it is necessary to unscrew a few screws holding the inside of the chassis, remove the NFC antenna, the wireless charging coil and the speaker.
The battery is glued to the body with a lot of glue, so pulling it out is not easy. It is noted that, in comparison with its predecessor, its location has changed - it moved from the edge practically to the center. By the way, the vibrator also changed the "place of registration" and moved to the lower right corner, so the usual layout of these components is now in the past. The battery is made by Samsung SDI; it is characterized by a voltage of 3.85 V and a capacity of 12.71 W ∙ h (3300 mAh). This is 6% less than Note7 (13.48 W ∙ h), but slightly larger than the restored version of Note7 Fan Edition (12.32 W ∙ h).
Most of the components used are identical to those of the current flagships of the Galaxy S family and competing models.
On the PCB there is a dual SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and RAM Samsung K3UH6H60AM-NGCJ 6 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM, a 64GB flash memory chip Samsung KLUCG4J1ED-B0C1, Qualcomm WCD9341 audio codec, Skyworks 78160-11 power amplifier, Wacom W9018 controller, Wi-Fi-module Murata KM7628048, power management chip Qualcomm PM8986 and other microcircuits.
Inside the novelty, there was a place for a thin heat pipe, which has already become an indispensable element in the design of flagship smartphones.
In general, as already noted above, the device earned four points out of ten possible (the maximum score of 10 corresponds to the most easily repairable devices). The pluses include the modularity of the design, which allows you to easily replace some elements, as well as the use of standard Phillips screws. Points were withdrawn for the fact that to replace the display will have to disassemble the device completely, a huge amount of glue, which is fastened to the body of the battery cells, as well as the difficulty of separating the glass panel of the rear part, with which any repair begins.