iFixit has done their typical teardown and repair process on Samsung’s newest “premium” flagship, the Galaxy Alpha. The phone was built relatively similarly to the Galaxy S 5, although it’s obviously lacking a few things like waterproofing. The teardown showed that the only really simple thing to replace is the battery, and that to get to any of the other major components, it’s almost a necessity to remove the front display of the device, which is prone to causing more damage. Fortunately, that does mean that if the display is the only thing that needs to be replaced, it should be a slightly faster repair.
Overall, the Galaxy Alpha got a repairability score of 5 out of 10, just like the GS5. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not the best we’ve seen. Hit the link below for pictures of the Alpha being completely disassembled.
The folks over at iFixit have given the Project Tango tablet a teardown. With a device capable of 3D mapping, it is no surprise that the internal specifications are impressive. And by internal specifications being impressive, something like the processor being NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 clocked at 2.3GHz is not important. The amount of sensors to make the vital features possible is.
Amazon has packed a lot of cool new features into their Fire Phone, but apparently this has come at the cost of repairability. The fine folks over at iFixit have done their traditional teardown of Amazon’s first foray into smartphones and its not looking good, earning a repairability score of 3 out of 10 (with 10 being the easiest to repair). Everything starts out simple enough with the use of standard screws and the lack of adhesive holding the casing together, but once you get inside, things get a bit more tricky.
Although smartwatches should not be subject to typical smartphones risks like being dropped, they will still be subject to a host of new hazards like users accidentally bumping up against tables or counters, knocking them into sinks, and other not healthy for tech situations. Their small size should help them when it comes to durability, but inevitably some people will find their devices need to be repaired. To save a few dollars, some of those individuals will decide to undertake repairs themselves. The team over at iFixit has run a couple new Android Wear devices through their teardown process to get an idea of how hard or easy that may be.
Google started rolling out an update to Google Play Services earlier this week to take it up to version 4.4. Publicly, the update included the ability to embed Street View imagery in apps, some motion detectors, and tweaks to Mobile Ads, game services, and Google Wallet. Now that the update has started to reach actual users, a teardown of the APK has commenced revealing Google included a lot more in the file even if it has not been turned on yet.
One of the more controversial aspects of Google’s Glass experiment has been the $1500 price tag that Explorers have to pony up to get their hands on the hardware. Most people expect Google to lower the cost by a significant amount when a final version for public sale is finally available. Just how low Google can go on their pricing and still have a profitable product may have been partially answered by a new teardown of Glass completed by TechInsights’ Teardown.com division. They have estimated the costs of the components to be less than $80.
Open it up! That is exactly what iFixit has done, in usual fashion, to Amazon’s new set-top box. Fire TV has gotten the teardown treatment. iFixit rates devices from 1 to 10 when experiencing a teardown in terms of ease. Getting a 10 would solidify an easy fix when the time comes. In this case, the Fire TV set-top box earned an average 6. Not hard, but not easy.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has an international release date of April 11, but a Russian website, Ferra, managed to get their hands on one and tear it down.
According to the site, it will be very difficult to remove the screen from the device because of a special adhesive that Samsung is using. After getting the display off the device, the teardown is apparently a little easier, but the entire operation will still take over an hour.
With Google Glass updates becoming more frequent than ever, there is a chance that a few things can go unnoticed. But leave it to an APK teardown done by Android Police to uncover some very interesting features that could be on the horizon. Hit the break for details.
A recent teardown of Sony’s latest Xperia Z1 has shown something fairly interesting; it shares the same back cover and design as the original Xperia Z. Placement of things like NFC and the device motherboard are identical to the Xperia Z, and disassembly of both devices are pretty similar. The Xperia Z1 does offer slightly improved protection against dust and water resistance, but it’s more-or-less a slightly improved Xperia Z, in terms of just the outer hardware.
If you want to see the rest of the device torn apart, hit the break below. Don’t try to do this on your own, though; it’s a fairly complex process and it’ll just void your warranty.
via: Phone Arena