If you’re anything like us, you know doubt spent a good while pondering what the Galaxy S20 could possibly be hiding underneath that big lump on its backside. As it turns out, throwing a 108-megapixel camera into the back of a mobile phone takes up a chunk of space.
With the launch of the Galaxy S20 just a few hours away, it’s only reasonable to expect that some very enthusiastic tech journalists and junkies have already got their hands on the phone in order to rip it to pieces and see what’s under the hood. iFixit was among the first to have their teardown of the Galaxy S20 spread across the Internet and it’s certainly a revealing deep dive into the guts of Samsung’s latest flagship phone.
The biggest component, as well as the least surprising in terms of how much space it occupies, the 108-MP camera is a monstrous piece of hardware. The actual sensor reportedly covers twice the surface area of the 12MP camera found in the iPhone 11. Considering the lateral space required for the periscope-like zoom and the beefy image stabilisation unit, it’s no wonder the S20’s saddled with such a gigantic hump.
Considering how immense the camera components are, coupled with the 5,000 man battery, it makes sense that the rest of the phone’s interior resembles the inside of a poorly funded school bus. The circuit boards are tightly packed together with barely any breathing room between the Snapdragon 865 processor and the X55 5G modem.
Another interesting discovery unearthed by iFixit is that the Samsung Galaxy S20 has certainly not been made with easy repairs in mind. The rear cover is glued down tight and the display and battery have been fastened into place meaning that unless you’re a proper Samsung engineer or a bored brain surgeon you probably shouldn’t be fiddling around back there.
The Galaxy S20 is clearly a huge step forward for Samsung and after seeing just how the engineers were able to fit all of the phone’s components into such a relatively small body, it’s a real testament to the emphasis the company is placing on it’s new flagship model as being the next big advancement in mobile devices.