Long last! The first disassembly of the Galaxy Note 10 is here and answers many urgent questions. The smart iFixit have got the most complex model: The Note 10+ 5G for Verizon and have revealed what we suspected and what Samsung suggests in the manual.
In case you’re wondering what, it’s talking about, it’s the small elliptical opening in the upper frame that we first filtered out in the press releases of Note 10. At first, some thought it was an IR blaster, already it wasn’t very clear if it was empty or no. After its launch, it was assumed to be a speaker, since there are no headphones visible on the top frame of the phone.
Samsung itself marks it as a speaker in the Note 10 manual, but taking it apart, iFixit has discovered that this is indeed the camera that echoes the sound produced by an internal earphone. If it sounds like a convoluted output, just remember that the Huawei P30 Pro screen vibrates to produce audio during the call, complete with a small dedicated motor separate from that for tactile feedback. Is the end result? The Note 10 family is the most compact for its screen-sized phones in its class, thanks to the incredible upper frame that contracts.
The other new interesting parts inside are the industrial-grade steam cooling chamber and the three mmWave antennas positioned around the edges of the phone. The Verizon 5G broadband network offers the highest speeds but the lowest penetration rates that can be blocked even by hand, requiring more antennas to be strategically positioned around the phone to avoid loss of coverage. Needless to say, the 5G also heats the phone significantly, so the state-of-the-art cooling system within the Note 10+ 5G is a welcome addition.
In other places, we see the usual components of high-end telephone paraphernalia glued very carefully on stacked motherboards and daughterboards, leaving us with a score of 3/10 poor in repairability due to the specialized tools needed for disassembly and a large amount of strong adhesive used in all internal parts of the phone.
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