One thing that remains popular online is other people ripping apart new tech to see how it works. Sometimes it’s to see what internals there are, other times it’s a grab for clicks as the latest and greatest devices are chucked in a blender, off a roof or set on fire. This time, happily, we’re just taking a look inside Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
This one’s hot
The folks over at iFixit have a tendency to take new smartphones, pull them apart and see what makes them tick. Understandable, since the company tried to make repairing your tech that much easier. They’ve pulled apart Samsung’s latest powerhouse and have found something a little unusual inside.
But not inside a single phone — some Samsung Note 20 Ultra handsets include a copper pipe cooling system, which is pretty much normal for smartphones and other compact electronics. But some versions of the phone opted instead for graphite thermal pad made up of several layers. There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason as to which phones get which cooling solution, either. There’s no real pattern to it — just two cooling options. Either Samsung was trying something new or didn’t have enough of one option on hand for complete uniformity.
Otherwise, Samsung has dedicated a whole lot of internal space to the phone’s cameras. The huge bump might be a bit of a giveaway there but the S Pen, the Note’s other major feature, also eats away at space that might otherwise be dedicated to the battery.
iFixit doesn’t just do this for fun, however. The company also rates how repairable smartphones and other devices are. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra nets just a 3/10 for repairability. There’s a whole lot of glue in there and, according to the repair outlet, screen replacements are unnecessarily complicated.
If you want to see iFixit take the phone apart (the procedure might one day come in handy), then check out the video above. Rendering the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G down to its components takes a little under an hour to do (if you know what you’re doing), but that’s not the really tricky bit. Putting it all back together and having it work — that’s the part that takes more than a little skill.