Samsung Note 8 Teardown Overview

Samsung makes some great products, whether it is a household appliance or a smartphone. The latter is one area where they remain unchallenged largely due to their awesome products and dedication to quality. The Galaxy Note 8 is their current flagship and with a 6.3 inch display, it is a pretty giant device. As such this phablet blurs the lines between tablets and phones. But with great size comes great features and it is true of the Note 8. It packs in a lot of features which are similar to the Galaxy S8 but comes with a bigger screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. But has the new form factor messed around its reparability? We all know that Samsung tablet repair holds a really high ranking in portals such as iFixIt, but what about this miniature tablet?

Well, let’s discuss what its teardown reveals, and for more info you can visit iFixit’s website for high quality images and a detailed teardown procedure.

  1. Screws: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 uses standard Philips screws that can be removed with the common Philips screw head can be used to remove these. Props to Samsung there because this is a very common screw head that is available with most screw driver sets and many Samsung tablet repair center also use this to remove screws from a ton of Samsung devices.

  2. Component arrangement: Again the Samsung Note 8 shines here because it has a very modular component arrangement, making it really easy to remove almost all of the core components without much fuss. There are a bunch of cables that are attached to the motherboard but almost all of them are easily visible and can be easily removed. However that being said, there is a small chance of damaging the fingerprint scanner cable if one isn’t careful while removing the back panel.

  3. Battery: While the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is bigger than its predecessor, the Note 7, Samsung decided against a smaller battery for this device largely because the Note 7 exploded a lot. The battery is definitely smaller due to that but it doesn’t make removing it any easier as it is excessively glued to the chassis of the device and may require some careful thought before removing.

  4. Display: Removing the display is also relatively simple after you have dealt with the battery. But the main challenge here is that both of them require you to remove the rear glass panel which is made out of glass and is extremely fragile.

Conclusion

Samsung has done a wonderful job while assembling the Note 8. It has easy to remove components that can be easily replaced with newer components if they are damaged, owing to their modular assembly. Oddly however, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 looks attractive, the all glass construction does make it vulnerable to shattering if dropped. Also removing the glass back can be tricky due to the excessive glue that is used to hold it in place and the fingerprint sensor cable which can be easily damaged in the process of removing the back. These faults aside, the Samsung galaxy Note 8 is a relatively easy to repair tablet that doesn’t require too many unfamiliar tools like Apple.