I’m afraid Samsung may be pushing, or folding, smartphones in new directions but the team at iFixit weren’t impressed, unfortunately, by the latest model.
Among the interesting insights are the little “brushes” that come with the phone, lining the hinge – they’re intended to help prevent dust from getting inside and damaging the display, don’t you know.
Unfortunately some “pure powder” testing revealed issues (see the video below). Other finds include the “hydrophobic nanocoating” to help with a bit of liquid proofing. You can see the full teardown on the iFixit website.
The imminently arriving phone will set you back around £1,200, by the way. And its spec includes a 6.7-inch foldable ultra-thin-glass AMOLED Display (21.9:9 aspect ratio, 2636 x 1080 pixels, 425 ppi), and it runs on a 2.95 GHz, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC, with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage.
Among the design-ins revealed inside the Galaxy Z Flip are an NXP 80T17 NFC controller, a Qualcomm WCN3998 WiFi + Bluetooth SoC, a Skyworks 78160-51 low noise amplifier and a Qualcomm WCD9341 audio codec IC.
Galaxy Z Flip repairablity
What is the final repairability score? Not good, I’m afraid. Just 2, where 1 is the lowest possible.
The sole positive points highlighted by the Fixit team are that a single Phillips driver takes care of all the screws and the fact that many components are modular and can be replaced independently.
Negatives highlighted include the glued-down glass panels being an unnecessary barrier to entry for repairs and that battery replacements are possible, but unnecessarily difficult due to poorly-routed cables and the lack of stretch-release adhesive.
They also believe that components involved in the folding process are likely to wear over time, necessitating eventual replacement.