Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus teardown: What's inside?
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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus teardown: What's inside?

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[MUSIC] Hey and welcome to another episode of Cracking Open. Today we've got the Galaxy S S10 Plus, which CNET has reviewed, you can read the full review on CNET.com from Jessica Dolcourt. Of course this device is known for its in-screen fingerprint sensor, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. That's right. New New three cameras on the back including ultra wide camera and an edge to edge screen, the infinity display with no notch but a little sort of hole punch. Right. On the side. So Bill you can't wait to get. That's right. Your hands on this thing and show everybody what's inside, right? Yeah I'm really interested to see what's inside the phone there is always a lot of great tech inside Amazon devices, there is always engenereer really well so it's a pleasure to crack them open, I like to see the sizes of the battery this year, to see how compare the last year, we wanna. See the chip layout, the motherboard layout, also some of the new tech, right? What does this ultrasonic fingerprint sensor look like? Can we see that? Is there any new layout with respect to the ports? The USB-C port on the bottom of it, there's still a headphone jack which is nice for people that like those. It's my favorite feature. I'll always enjoy cracking these open with one exception that was last year's note nine. Which we literally cracked it. Yeah, we did. We literally cracked it open by. Fracturing the back panel while removing it. We didn't have that problem with the S10 so hopefully we won't have that problem on this one. We got a lot an exciting things to see and so we're really ready to get started. All right. Let's crack it open. There are a lots of ways to loosen the adhesive. The whole and the back covers on to these phones. Heat is usually the best way and there are a lot of ways you can do that. You can use a heat gun, like I'm using. You can use a hair dryer. Takes a little longer. Or you could use a heating pad. The trick is to just get the adhesive loose enough that we can pull the back off without damaging the internal components of the back. So we were finally able, after heating the adhesive, to loosen it up enough to get one of our guitar picks. Under the back cover, and sever off the glue. We still want to be very careful to not put too much pressure on the back cover, and end up cracking it. We don't want that to happen. Now I've been able to work our way all around the edge of the back cover. Separate all of the adhesive Now we just need to very gently, this pull up on the cover, and with that, [BLANK_AUDIO] Voila. We have our first look inside the S10. [MUSIC] All right Bill so we got it apart and this time It didn't crack. That's right, we managed to get the back off, and not damage it like we did with the Note 9, so a big plus for us. Yeah, so some cool stuff. Let's talk about this, the inductive charging coil we see right here, yeah. Yeah, so one of the neat features on the new S 10 is that it has inductive charging, can go both ways, right? Wireless power share, new feature. That's right. We'll need to go ahead and start removing some screws and point some things out. Digging deeper. Digging a little deeper and we can go ahead and take the screws out and see what else we can do. All right, let's do it. [MUSIC] All those screws removed, we can go ahead and remove the inductive charging coil. Again very, very, and the plastic cover it's attached to. Again very, very gently. [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] So attached to the same assembly that holds the inductive charging coils, we also have the speaker as well. [MUSIC] All right, Bill, so you got a little deeper into the Galaxy S10+. Tell us what we're looking at. Yeah, so I'm gonna try and hold this up so we can get a close up of the camera here. So we have removed the induction coil assembly, right? We talked about that earlier, which is interesting because it also has the speaker attached to it as well. Okay. Now, what's interesting in the construction of the system board here, one of the things we can say is that it's the same kind of design that we've seen for the last several years where you have roughly an L shape to, I don't know, half C, U shape system board with a lot of components at the top The main chips along the side here, and then a connection to some of the components of the ports usually at the bottom. The USB C port in this case, the headphone jack in this case. What's different here, besides three cameras. The overall different chips that are on there, Is that with the S9 there was actually a two-piece board construction. You had a board down here at the bottom connecting the ports, and then you had a separate board up here at the top, they were connected by a cable. Now, that's good if you damage the USB-C cable port, right? Then you don't have to replace the entire system board To fix that, or makes it little easier to replace the smaller board than it does the whole board, here you can't do those, so that's a consideration when it comes to repair, and we can see the vibration mode there, and we can see a lot of the little flexible, foldable cables there connecting the battery and things like that. We're gonna go ahead and continue diving a little deeper. There's a few more screws to remove before we can pull out the motherboard. We're gonna need to disconnect these cables. And then we are gonna leave the battery in the phone right? Cuz we are gonna still use this to [UNKNOWN] Device afterwards. So, we wanna leave functional, you haven't broken anything, everything's in good order. Yeah, we can't destroy this. We've got to give it back to the review's folks [LAUGH]. They've seen it. So, they be kind of mad at me if it came back broken. So, we're gonna keep on going. All right. Let's do it. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO] We can remove the front-facing camera here and get a tight shot of that. [MUSIC] A little bit of a pop, but nothing's damaged. We can remove the three and a-half millimeter headphone jack. And with that We can gently lift out the main circuit board. [BLANK_AUDIO] With the circuit board removed We can also remove the rear camera assembly, [BLANK_AUDIO] Here. [BLANK_AUDIO] We're gonna be very careful doing this, we're actually going to push ever so slightly on the edges. [BLANK_AUDIO] Pop this loose. [BLANK_AUDIO] There we go and it comes out even though we have three cameras, a bank of two and then the one over here. It comes out all as one piece even though there are two Cable connectors. [MUSIC] All right Bill so you spilled the guts on this thing, we've got circuit birds, we got batteries, we've got cameras, we've got sensors, we've got SIM trays Tell us what you learned. Yeah, we learned a lot of interesting things, right? Some of the things we've already talked about, for example, we can see the USB C port is connected to the main circuit board, it's not two separate boards. Other things that we learned, if we flip this over here we can see the adhesive tape that's on the back, or not adhesive, this is a little Thermal tape that helps transfer heat from the circuits underneath the metal shields, to a larger heat pipe here. This is larger than we saw on the S9, so it's Samsung's effort to address some of the heat issues you might have with a larger battery, with the heat from the chips, with heat generated Perhaps, from the new inductive charging coils which were both placed now. So that's always a good thing. [CROSSTALK] dealing with these small devices. We also have, and we can see it now fully the larger battery here. Yup. And that the only thing that we really can't see that we're interested in seeing was the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Now, that's gonna be located about right here Behind and below the battery, and while this battery you can remove it. It would require a lot of prying. It's held to the frame with a lot of really sticky adhesive. And so some phones have little strips that have pull tabs on them. Like the strips that you could use to hang photos on your wall, the S10 does not have those strips. So in order to move the battery we would have to pry it off a lot and risk puncturing the battery. That could be dangerous. So we're going to leave the battery in place so that means we don't get to see The components underneath. It also means we don't get to remove the new Infinity-O display they had. Yeah. The edge to edge display. But obviously if the battery was sort of failing or if the display was cracked, you can do that. We just don't wanna do it here. All right. That's it for this episode of Cracking Open, the Galaxy S10 Plus. If you wanna see other Cracking Open, go to CNET.com for all the videos. Go to TechRepublic.com for all of the photos. And if you ever have a device that you like to see us crack open, leave us some message in the comments and we will take a look. We are always looking for new stuff to crack open. Definitely. All right. Subscribe to the channel. If you have any questions Hit us up in the comments or on Twitter and we will see you next time. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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