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The Ins and Out of the Note 8

Note8 Tear-Down Guide

Samsung Note has come a long way since it started lighting people’s pants on fire – quite literally. After all, they had to pull out all the stops – and specs – after the mayhem caused by the Note 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is making up for all of it. Let’s crack it open, hopefully not literally, and check out the Note 8 Teardown.


The Note 8 has a bigger display, a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone and slimmer bezels when compared to the Note 7.



Note8 Specs Crash Course

In this guide, you’ll be opening up the Galaxy Note8 to check out the specs and everything this smartphone has to offer. Here’s a quick look at some of that information:

  • Edge-to-edge, 6.3" Super AMOLED display, 18.5:9 aspect ratio with 2960 × 1440 resolution (521 ppi) and Gorilla Glass 5
  • IP68 dust and water resistance rating
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • S Pen Slot
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 6 GB RAM
  • Dual-lens, dual OIS main camera system with one 12 MP wide-angle lens with ƒ/1.7 aperture and one 12 MP telephoto lens with ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • 64/128/256 GB of internal storage with 256 GB available via microSD expansion
  • USB-C port, and headphone jack


Fun fact: If you squint hard enough, you can see right through the phone!


Tools Needed for the Note 8 Teardown

  • Phillips #000 Screwdriver
  • iOpener
  • Tweezers
  • Halberd Spudger
  • Opening Picks
  • Spudger


Instructions for the Note8 Teardown


Step One: iOpener Heating

  1. Place iOpener in the center of the microwave
  2. Make sure the plate spins freely to keep the iOpener from becoming overheated or burnt
  3. Heat for 30 seconds
  4. Reheat as needed throughout the steps
  5. Apply the heated iOpener to a long edge on your S8 for approximately 2 minutes
  6. Once the adhesive is softened, carefully pry open with a lifting pick

Be careful around the delicate fingerprint sensor cable, as you can easily cut right through it.



Step Two: Opening Up

  1. Remove eleven 7 mm Phillips #000 screws
  2. Remove NFC antenna and charging coil
  3. Remove three 7 mm Phillips #000 screws
  4. Remove the loudspeaker assembly

Fun fact: The placement of the battery (dead center) takes care of past battery woes while also tidying up the looks of the interior.


Step Three: Disconnection

  1. Disconnect the battery connector with the flat end of a spudger
  2. Reheat and apply the iOpener directly to the battery for approximately 60 seconds
  3. Carefully use the opening pick to lift the battery, from the bottom up 
  4. Slide the opening puck up the sides of the battery to remove any adhesive
  5. Lift the battery out of the case 

Fun fact: The Samsung SDI-made battery plonks down 12.71 Wh (3300 mAh at 3.85 V) of capacity. This is 6% less than what the Note7 offers. So, it probably won’t blow up and light your pants on fire either. Fingers crossed.


Step Four: The Mother Lode

  1. Under the battery, you’ll find the mother lode of motherboards
  2. Check out the:
    • Four cameras
    • Iris scanner
    • Dual camera module
    • Wide angle lens
    • Telephoto camera
  3. Check out what powers the screen:
    • Samsung K3UH6H60AM-NGCJ6 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM layered over a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    • Samsung KLUCG4J1ED-B0C164 GB UFS flash storage
    • Qualcomm WCD9341Aqstic audio codec
    • Skyworks 78160-11 power amplification module
    • Avago AFEM-9066 power amplification module
    • Wacom W9018 touch control IC
  4. Flip the motherboard over and check out the:
    • Qualcomm WTR5975RF transceiver
    • Avago AFEM-9053 power amplification module
    • Skyworks 77365quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE power amplification module
    • Qualcomm PM8998 PMIC
    • Murata KM7628048 Wi-Fi module


Step Five: Start Breaking It Down

  1. Check out these other features:
    • USB-C Port that can be completed removed from the daughterboard
    • 5 mm headphone jack
    • IP68 water/dust protection
    • Front-Facing Sensor Assembly has it’s own little board


Step Six: The S Pen Slot

  1. Use your heated iOpener and pricks to open the S Pen Slot
  2. Check out the Samsung S6SY661X

      Fun Fact: The Note8 stylus is significantly larger and sturdier than the Note7 pen. 

      Looking for replacement parts for Samsung Galaxy 8? Visit Digital Supply USA. When you're ready to put your phone back together, simply repeat these steps backwards!