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The Ins and Outs of the Galaxy S8

 Galaxy S8 Tear-down.

It wasn’t too long ago that Samsung was lighting their customers’ pants on fire – quite literally, thanks to the Note7. However, the S8 has come back with a spark. Pardon the pun. It’s often dubbed as the smaller version of the S8+ but in no way is it less than. Well, let’s find out if that’s true. It’s time to take apart your Galaxy S8 and see what’s really inside this little gem.


Fun Fact: Aside from the size, the Galaxy S8 is pretty identical to the S8+.



Crash Course on the Galaxy S8

In this guide, you’ll be opening up the Galaxy S8 to check out the specs and everything this smartphone has to offer. Here’s a quick look at some of that information:

  • 12-megapixel rear camera with dual pixel autofocus and 4K video capture; 8-megapixel selfie camera
  • 64 GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD card (up to 256 GB additional)
  • IP68 water resistance rating
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 5.8-inch, dual-edge, Super AMOLED display with 2960 × 1440 resolution (570 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 processor, with 4 GB RAM

Some of the S8 awesome features to check out include:

  • Speaker grille and microphone hole
  • USB-C charging port and headphone jack (yes, a real headphone jack. Apple fans will be jealous)
  • Pulse reader/flash assembly
  • Rear-facing camera
  • Fingerprint reader


Fun fact: The Galaxy S8 is like an evolved S7 Edge. Everything from the camera to the sensor package location to the size and proportions are similar – but better – versions of what you found on the S7 Edge.


Tools Needed for the Galaxy S8

  • Phillips #00 Screwdriver
  • iOpener
  • Tweezers
  • Halberd Spudger
  • Opening Picks
  • iSclack
  • Plastic Cards
  • Spudger


Instructions to Take Apart and Analyze the S8


Step One: iOpener Heating

  1. Heat iOpener for 30 seconds and reheat as needed throughout the repair procedure
  2. Apply the heated iOpener to a long edge on your S8 for approximately 2 minutes
  3. Once the adhesive is softened, pry open with the iSclack tool until the phone can be lifted apart


Fun Fact: Upon looking inside, the S8 looks quite identical to the S8+.  


Step Two: Check it Out

  1. Check out the multitasking ability of the S8 – the antenna and NFC coil assemble and the speaker/antenna array can both be found on the phone’s midframe
  2. Use a spudger to pop out the battery and check it out:
    • 55 Wh battery – smaller than the iPhone 7 and comparable to the Google Pixel
  3. Locate the I/O connector under the motherboard by popping out the motherboard completely and check out the specs:
    • Qualcomm Aqstic WCD9341 audio codec
    • Skyworks 78160-11
    • Avago AFEM-9066
    • NXP 80T71 NFC controller
    • Silicon Mitus SM5720 Interface PMIC
    • Samsung K3UH5H50MM-NGCJ4 GB LPDDR4 RAM layered over the MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
    • Toshiba THGBF7G9L4LBATR64 GB UFS (for the flash + controller)
  4. Flip the motherboard over and check out:
    • Avago AFEM-9053
    • IDT P9320S
    • Maxim MAX77838 companion PMIC (similar to MAX77829)
    • Murata KM6D28040 Wi-Fi Module
    • Qualcomm PM8998 (similar to PM8920)
    • Qualcomm WTR5975RF Transceiver


Fun Fact: The S8 has lots of components that can be easily replaced.


Our conclusion? The S8 is held together with some serious adhesive. Jokes aside, the specs are quite similar to the S8+… Only smaller. This Samsung device is also fairly easy to repair but the front and black glass means plenty of cracked screens ahead! Fortunately, you have Digital Supply USA for all your Samsung replacement parts.