The Samsung Galaxy S21 was completely torn down, and the phone’s repairability is also rated. The teardown video shows the internals of the new Samsung flagship, showing all of the components the company put into the frame and whether or not the battery is difficult to swap out. The outline shows that foam balls are integrated into the upper and lower speaker modules to further amplify the sound output. The microphone and speaker openings are covered with rubber protection. The phone’s battery is glued to the frame with glue and no pull tabs are integrated.
YouTuber PBKreviews has released the first Samsung Galaxy S21 teardown video on its channel. The video shows that the phone has a plastic back panel that needs to be removed with heat and a lever. At the top is a wireless charging cable that can be easily removed. The YouTuber then removes the two 5G mmWave antennas on the sides and shows what the top and bottom speakers look like. The triple rear view camera has optical image stabilization (OIS) on the two lower sensors.
To remove the battery, the YouTuber had to apply some heat from the display side to loosen the adhesive, and finally remove it from the display frame with the help of pry bars. He mentions that there were no pull tabs on the Samsung Galaxy S21 to allow the repairman to apply pressure and make removing the battery easier. The video shows that the battery is difficult to remove without damaging any part of the phone. Once the battery is removed, the fingerprint reader will appear and taped onto the screen.
Samsung uses a 3D layered graphite material instead of copper or vapor chambers to draw heat away from the phone. The YouTuber says this does the job “as well as” other methods. PBKreviews gives the Samsung Galaxy S21 a repair value of 7.5 out of 10 points. He says most of the parts are interchangeable and especially the back plate is easy to remove.
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