iFixit is back with another teardown, this time for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It’s sad to see this $1,400 piece of tech get ripped apart, but in the name of self repair, it’s totally worth it.
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In terms of repairability, it appears the S20 Ultra is just as bad as any other recent Samsung device, with this device getting a solid 3 out of 10 score. Notable pain areas include a crap-ton of glue throughout the phone, but more importantly, it appears that display repairs “require either a complete teardown or replacing half the phone.” That’s obviously not very groovy.
From a fun standpoint, this teardown does give us a look at inside Samsung’s 100x Space Zoom camera. To break down what they found, I’ll let iFixit explain. “Instead of focusing your image directly onto the sensor, this camera uses a prism to bounce the light sideways at a 90-degree angle. It certainly is impressive! After passing through the prism—which has its own optical image stabilizer—the image barrels through a sliding box full of zoom lens, and finally hits the sensor mounted at the end of the tunnel.”
Here are a few highlights from the teardown. Note the adhesive used on the battery. It’s completely terrible for self repair, but a ton of fun to look at.