Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - Teardown

Taking apart the entire Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

  • Galaxy S6 Edge
  • 9 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 60 min.
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Introduction

Samsung’s latest smartphone, the new Galaxy S6 Edge, is exploring new visual horizons. The display, which curves to the sides, is considered particularly innovative. Of course, we’re especially interested in how things look inside this flagship model, and how easy this smartphone is to repair.

Required tools

  • Heat gun

    Heat gun

    You can use a heat gun to heat parts that are glued on so they’re easier to remove. In most cases, you can also use a hairdryer.

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  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

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  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

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  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment for each step. We’d be happy to help.

9 steps
  1. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge teardown

    Galaxy S6 Edge - Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge teardown 01

    With the Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung is raising the bar a little higher in the upper price segment. We’ll show you what to expect inside the Galaxy S6 Edge, and tell you whether repairs are easier than for previous models.

    Let’s take a quick look at the key data:

    • OS: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
    • Dimensions: 142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm, 132 g
    • Display: 5.1" FHD Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440), 576 ppi
    • RAM : 3 GB
    • Memory: 32/64/128 GB
    • Rear camera: 16 MP (3840 x 2160 pixels)
    • Front camera: 5 MP
    • Battery: 2600 mAh
  2. Back cover

    Galaxy S6 Edge - Back cover 01
    Galaxy S6 Edge - Back cover 02

    Like on most popular Samsung models, you have to remove the back cover of the smartphone first.

    As with the similar model Galaxy S6, you have to take off the back cover to get to the inside of the smartphone. There’s no longer a convenient way to simply take the cover off the smartphone.

    With the patience of a saint and the strength of Hercules, we manage to get the back cover off the smartphone. One good thing is that Samsung didn’t use cement.

    Because the glass back cover is glued on, it looks more delicate and cohesive. We’re still not sure that’s an advantage.

  3. Battery

    Galaxy S6 Edge - Battery 01

    Like in the Galaxy S6, the battery is really stuck in the enclosure. Once again, we have to work our way through the glue millimeter by millimeter. We heat the battery at regular intervals so the glue gets soft and doesn’t stick.

    Work very slowly and carefully because the tool could damage the battery and cause fluid to come out.

    Because batteries get replaced pretty often, this is another major step backward.

  4. Midframe

    Galaxy S6 Edge - Midframe 01
    Galaxy S6 Edge - Midframe 02
    Galaxy S6 Edge - Midframe 03
    Galaxy S6 Edge - Midframe 04

    Once again, both S6 versions have the same structure here. The battery is firmly glued to the back cover of the smartphone. In older models, you didn’t need any tools to take out the battery. This is another minus point. More on that in step 7.

    Now we have to remove 13 Phillips screws using our iDoc Wiha PicoFinish PH00.

    After taking out the SIM card tray, we can detach the midframe using a suction cup, pick and pressure on the battery. It’s a lot easier than with the Galaxy S6.

  5. Midframe part II

    Galaxy S6 Edge - Midframe part II 01

    You can also disconnect various buttons, the charging pad and the speaker from the midframe. The charging pad’s cables are very thin. Removing the speaker is pretty tough and takes a lot of patience.

  6. Dock connector

    Galaxy S6 Edge - Dock connector 01

    The dock connector is very similar to the one in the Galaxy S6,but there’s one major difference. The navigation buttons are no longer directly connected to the dock connector, so you only have to unscrew two screws to take out the connector. In the Galaxy S6, you had to take off the entire back frame to remove the navigation buttons. Don’t try to do that on the Galaxy S6.

    You shouldn’t disconnect the frame from the back of the display. The LCD is very sensitive and can break very easily if you try.

    Because we don’t want to damage any parts, we’re going to end the teardown here.

  7. Logic board

    Galaxy S6 Edge - Logic board 01
    Galaxy S6 Edge - Logic board 02
    Galaxy S6 Edge - Logic board 03
    Galaxy S6 Edge - Logic board 04

    First, you can remove the front camera. Then you disconnect more plug connections.

    • Battery
    • Display
    • Earpiece
    • Home button
    • Antenna cable

    Now the logic board is exposed and you only have to disconnect it from the dock connector. Then you can easily remove it. The main camera and microphone are connected to it.

  8. Other small parts

    Galaxy S6 Edge - Other small parts 01
    Galaxy S6 Edge - Other small parts 02

    We continue with a few simple steps. You can easily remove the earpiece and vibration motor. They’re just lightly glued in place.

  9. Summary

    Galaxy S6 Edge - Summary 01

    The Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge have a very similar structure on the inside, but there are some differences when it comes to replacing the two smartphones’ displays.

    For the Galaxy S6, you don’t have to replace the logic board or battery. All you have to do is disconnect the display connector from the logic board and remove the display from the “front.” This saves both time and materials, which will also be reflected in the prices for replacement displays.

    For the Galaxy S6 Edge, on the other hand, you have to replace the entire enclosure, meaning repairs will take longer and be more expensive.

    Aside from broken displays, the limited service life means replacing the battery will be an important repair. Up to Galaxy S5, it was still easy to replace. You’ll need a lot of patience if you want to replace the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s battery or display. The battery is glued firmly in place and could get damaged during removal. In other words, the major challenge is removing components that still work without damaging them.

    One improvement on the previous model is that you can replace a lot of parts in just a few steps since you don’t have to remove the battery or display.

    But because of the battery and display, we’re still giving this device a bad grade for repairs.

    You can quickly remove the speaker, earpiece, cameras and vibration motor
    Glued-on parts
    The LCD and glass are a single unit and will make replacing the display expensive
    Battery glued firmly in place
    Back cover glued on

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