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Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole? Hop aboard as we tear down the Samsung Galaxy S6!

Interested in the S6's curvy counterpart? Check out the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Teardown.

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    • Compared with the S5, the S6 certainly looks good on paper. Its specs line up point-for-point with the flashy S6 Edge:

    • 5.1" Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (1440 x 2560 pixels, ~577 ppi, 16M colors)

    • Exynos 7 Octa 7420 Processor with integrated Mali-T760 GPU and 3 GB memory

    • 16 MP rear camera with HDR, LED Flash, and dual-video recording

    • Built-in wireless charging

    • 32, 64, and 128 GB storage options

    • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 backing

    • It's got more power. It's got more pixels. Still, it feels like something's missing. We can't quite put our finger on it, so let's dig our fingers into it. It's teardown time!

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    • Just like its edgier sibling, the new Galaxy sports Gorilla Glass 4 on its front and back faces.

    • A view of the edge of the Galaxy.

    • At .27 inches, the S6 comes in just a hair thinner than its sister Galaxy, the S6 Edge (.28 inches).

    • Thinner, but not smaller—the S6 is slightly taller and wider than its sibling, and comes in a tiny bit (6 grams) heavier.

    • The S6 Edge was monstrously hard to open, and odds are the S6 has the same nasty adhesive. This Galaxy looks sleek and talks tough, but we're packing heat—in the form of an iOpener.

    • After wrestling with a brief bout of déjà vu, our trusty Heavy Duty Suction Cup and opening pick get us inside.

    • Looks like the S6 and S6 Edge are going to have a lot in common inside as well as out.

    The device needs to be heated up using a hot plate or other appropriate alternative before you can follow these instructions.

    Kutzki - 답글

    The iOpener is such a heat source, is it not?

    satidragon -

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    • The rear panels are so similar we had to put them to the side-by-side comparison test: as we should have expected, the S6 Edge (right) panel is slightly smaller than the standard S6 (left) panel.

    • The adhesive stayed globbed to the midframe this time, hiding the screws. We had a moment of panic, thinking we'd have to go through the display, S5-style.

    • But after peeling up the adhesive, all screws are present and accounted for—and now, removed!

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    • It's time to blow this Galaxy wide open.

    • Removing the midframe reveals... an S6 Edge?

    • Maybe not—but it takes a keen eye to spot the difference. Apart from a slight rejiggering of the vibrator placement, these internals are a dead ringer for that other flagship Samsung smartphone we tore down recently.

    remember to take out the sim card holder before removing the mid frame

    randyknudsen - 답글

    What is the function of the large black thing in the center of the midframe?

    Terri White - 답글

    As in the S6 Edge link, it’s an NFC/wireless charging coil.

    Sam Goldheart -

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    • Who runs the phone? Battery!

    • Removing the battery from the S6 should be a little bit easier than from the Edge. In the Edge, the battery cable was routed under the motherboard before connecting on top, necessitating removing the motherboard to get to the battery.

    • Looks like with the bit of extra room inside the regular S6, Samsung was able to run the cable on top of the board, to save a step for battery removal.

    • Also, thanks to the flat-screen design of the S6, it's easier to push an opening pick straight into the gap between the battery and display assembly, making it easier to cut the (just-as-strong) adhesive holding the battery.

    • This hardly qualifies as a user-replaceable battery, but it is a bit easier than in the S6 Edge. Still, it's a flying leap backwards from previous Galaxies like the S5, where you could replace the battery using nothing but your wits, and you didn't even really need those.

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    • The Galaxy sports a 3.85 V, 9.82 Wh battery, which Samsung claims will provide up to 23 hours of 3G talk time, 12 hours of Wi-Fi internet use, and up to 57 hours of music playback.

    • With the transition to heavier case materials, perhaps Samsung was interested in cutting weight by trimming batteries. The 9.82 Wh battery in the S6 and 10.01 Wh battery in the S6 Edge feel pretty small compared to the Galaxy S5's 10.78 Wh pack.

    • The battery is quite a bit bigger than the 6.91 Wh we saw in the iPhone 6, but arguably provides less talk time. It seems like that extra screen real estate takes a lot of juice.

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    • The motherboard is still held by the gravitational pull of a pesky daughterboard connector. We quickly set to work with a spudger and lift off to get a closer look.

    two other connectors need to be removed, one twoards the top and another along the side

    randyknudsen - 답글

    We don't write teardowns to be detailed disassembly instructions—they're supposed to provide a fun look inside new devices. If you're looking for step-by-step guides, we do have a complete set of repair manuals that include all the details for individual component replacements.

    Evan Noronha -

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    • We grab some tweezers and take a closer look at the Galaxy's cameras.

    • The S6's 5 MP selfie camera is the spitting image of the front-facing camera we found in its sister Galaxy.

    • The similarities don't end there. The 16 MP OIS rear-facing camera looks nearly identical to the one in the Edge. There is definitely some similar hardware on this PCB:

    • Winbond W25Q32FW Serial Flash Memory

    • InvenSense IDG-2030 dual axis gyroscope for optical image stabilization

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    • We scope out the back side of the motherboard first, and find some familiar heavy hitters:

    • Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-core Processor - 64-bit, 2.1 GHz Quad + 1.5 GHz Quad, with Samsung K3RG3G30MM-DGCH 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM layered in

    • Samsung KLUBG4G1BD 32GB NAND Flash

    • Skyworks 78041 Hybrid Multimode Multiband (MMMB) Front-End Module (FEM)

    • Avago AFEM-9020 PAM

    • Broadcom BCM4773 GNSS Location Hub

    • Samsung C2N8AF (possibly image processor)

    • Avago A7007 (seen previously in the Galaxy S5)

    The teardown does not mention that there is a Samsung Shannon 333 Modem Chip underneath the NAND Flash Chip (Orange).

    Its stacked and soldered with the same connectors onto the board.

    Thor Odinson - 답글

    It Also doesn’t mention that this is the E0B1 Variety. (32GB EMMC Chip)

    Thor Odinson -

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    • A few more familiar faces grace the front side of the mobo:

    • Wolfson Microelectronics WM1840 Audio Codec

    • Samsung S2MPS15 (likely power management IC similar to the S2MPS11)

    • Samsung Shannon 928 RF Transceiver

    • Maxim MAX77843 Companion PMIC

    • Maxim MAX98505 Class DG Audio Amplifier

    • Samsung Shannon 600B5D

    Huh.. So that pesky little PMIC is whats burning my hands when my phone charges.

    Cole Feldt - 답글

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    • We attempt to pry up the daughterboard, but are thwarted by soft button LED cables.

    • The soft button LED cables are trapped between the display and the display backing frame.

    • So we pry up the display frame to release the daughterboard.

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    • Once extricated, the daughterboard provides a clear view of its audio jack and space-aged microUSB (2.0) port.

    • This represents another seeming step backwards from the S5, which packed a 10x faster USB 3.0 port.

    • Onboard, we spy a single IC:

    • Cypress 3175 1501 1885 (likely touch or fingerprint sensor controller)

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    • Samsung Galaxy S6 Repairability Score: 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

    • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.

    • The S6 doesn't have the S5's display-first entry, but the display still needs to be removed if you want to replace the USB port.

    • Unlike the S6 Edge, the battery can be removed without first ousting the motherboard—but tough adhesive and a glued-on rear panel make replacement more difficult than necessary.

    • Front and back glass make for double the crackability, and strong adhesive on the rear glass makes it very difficult to gain entry into the device.

    • Replacing the glass without destroying the display is probably impossible.

    My samsung s6 dropped in water and only comes on when it is plugged in. As soon as the cord is removed it shuts off. Ive had the battery looked at and thats not the problem. Any suggestions?

    Maurice Lafleur - 답글

    Possibly the daughterboard (assuming charging circutry is on daugtherboard) may be providing power to motherboard but not battery

    Aidan Macgregor -

    Samsung is a phone which is one of the best phone of the world. There is no doubt.

    But at the same time …probably the most difficult phone to get opened !!!

    Achena Pothik - 답글

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So once the rear glass is removed once the screws are removed the chassis is removed? As I want to replace my chassis on my s6 at some point and don't want to remove anything I don't need to.

Any help is appriated.

Anthony Summerfield - 답글

My wife dunked hers in the Pool right after my Daughter's Wedding so we need to get the pictures off.

I tried drying it out for a week before even attempting to turn it on. However it is dead!

Any suggestions?

northandersen - 답글

dissemble it first and replace the dead battery. Usually that's the first component that fails upon touching water. Once dissambled, replaced the dead battery and try again. You will be able to check the rest of component with a minimum investment. Cheers.

kavenzc -

My son put my s6 in the bath. The motherboard is blown. My data is fine to retrieve. Is there a way I can retrieve my data and how much would it cost? and also without replacing the motherboard? I just want my photos and videos. I'm not worried if my phone does not fixed afterwards.

meshaelzmercedes - 답글

I have the same problem. The cost of a recovery company are around 450 till 600 euro.

But the one I brought it to weren't able to retrieve the data

kirsten -

Theoretically, you can move the flash NAND to another S6 and use it that way, I'd assume. That would be pricy but it is possible to do

AdamA -

hello my Samsung s6 does not go fast charging. what is the component on the motherboard that handles the fast charging?

lapizone87 - 답글

I am looking for the same thing I have replaced the USB port and board but still no fast charge

Jamie Sendall -

Hello! I had recently dropped my phone on a hard surface. My screen did not crack but my whole screen went black & now it will not read my fingerprints or anything. Is it possible to get it replaced? (Censor?) Underneath your screen? & If so what would be the price range?

Thank you!

Khalleigha - 답글

It think you broke the digitizer (in other words, your screen is no longer useful). Although, t here is a chance your screen connector just got disconnected, you should take it to a technician, and see if there is a solution for it!

kavenzc -

4 out of 10??? 1 or 2 out of 10 I think...

If broken micro usb connector: need dissasembly lcd and battery cover. Significant risk of breakage

if broken microphone: need dissasembly lcd and battery cover. Significant risk of breakage

if broken mini jack connector: need dissasembly lcd and battery cover. Significant risk of breakage

if broken battery: need dissasembly battery cover; the paint of cover is broken in old phones. (if battery inflated lcd broken)

Samsung make this phone bad for repair; bad durability, bad for the environment...

Very bad for Earth.

El CAÑON - 답글

0 out of 10 in practice!!!

Achena Pothik -

Trying to fix a broken back button… Which part should I replace? The daughterboard, the cables? What?


dave - 답글

Hi Dave! The button won’t “click” or work? Does the back button still light up? The Daughterboard button cables are just for the LEDs, the button function should be part of the digitizer in the display assembly. You can try opening the phone and reconnecting the digitizer cable, but I think it will likely be more trouble than it’s worth, I’d suggest an on-screen accessibility button. But if you want to try the connector, or fully replace your screen, check out our step-by-step display replacement guide!

Sam Goldheart -

My s6 finally died today. Can the SD card be put in a refurbished s6 phone or s6 casing so i can retrieve my photos and texts? My last backup was two months ago but i have important stuff post-backup which i really need. Pls advise, thx

angelnavidi - 답글

Unfortunately no, the data is stored internally.

Justin Weber -

I’m a boat service tech, my S6 has had several baths, if im not close to my house I wrap it a towel with a knot and swing it around mh head several times, pull the sims card set it in the sun with card opening up. close to house smae thing with but i have a block of soft foam i cut a slot in. wrap in towel put it in the washing dry on the longest spin cycle. after that i use a hair dryer no heat gun few minutes put charger on it as it warms the moisture expels as steam. put in front of a fan walk away. hour or so put card in it . off and running again. it’s 2015 model.

Gerald - 답글

Hi, I changed the battery in my s6 and now the touch doesn’t work anymore. How can I fix the problem?

Andrea Montanari - 답글

Make sure you reconnected the screen fully..if so then replace.

Justin Weber -

Hi, I replaced my screen and lost the screws to the mid frame…Do you happen to have the thread size and length of the screw? Samsung was useless when asking.

Justin Weber - 답글

Our guides have the screw lengths (side note: this is not a guide). Not the thread pitch though. If you’re looking to buy replacement screws, I’m not sure what to tell you. A phone repair shop might be able to help you out, as they sometimes have dead phones they can scavenge for parts. Good luck!

Jeff Suovanen -

Hi, I dropped my S6 a while ago and it has a small hairline fracture in the upper screen. It won’t turn on anymore but clearly tries to, as the blue power LED is lit as long as it tries to turn on. (Acts like a bootloop) The screen in completely black and will not show anything. Once you try to turn it on, turning it off is nearly impossible. I have data on it that I want to recover. What needs to be fixed?

bloodslash90 - 답글

The Loud Speaker. seems to be bonded into the midframe. How is it released for replacement?

Mike Atkinson - 답글

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