The Samsung Galaxy S6 is clearly the next-gen evolution of the S5—streamlined and more in-keeping with the current smartphone trends. Samsung is learning from its mistakes… just not in the way we want them to. The S6 abandoned the display-first entry of the S5 and instead features a stubbornly-glued back panel in the place of an easily-accessed battery. And you still run the risk of shearing soft button cables during a display replacement. Gone, it seems, are the heady days of Samsung’s über-repairable phones. *Cue trumpet playing taps softly* On our repairability scale, the S6 scored one point higher than the Edge—but with a 4/10, it still pretty much tanked our teardown.
• 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.
• Replacing the battery in the S6 will be a little bit easier than 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.
• An odd cable design gets in the way of easily replacing the USB port—you have to remove the display first.
A Whole Galaxy of Chips:
• Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-core Processor - 64-bit, 2.1 GHz Quad + 1.5 GHz Quad • Samsung K3RG3G30MM-DGCH 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM • 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 • Wolfson Microelectronics WM1840 Audio Codec • Samsung S2MPS15 • Samsung Shannon 928 RF Transceiver • Maxim MAX77843 Companion PMIC • Maxim MAX98505 Class DG Audio Amplifier • Samsung Shannon 600B5D • STMicro FT6BH touchscreen controller