Galaxy S22 teardown and repair evaluations. - Galaxy User Guide

Samsung thrown these phones literally in a box and shipped them to me with my pre-order. It's time we open up the two galaxy s22 phones and see what we got. I'll begin with the green s22 as last year. We have a slim box that contains just the phone and a USB cable - one without one - it's time for the next. It was nice that samsung had been able to send my phones earlier than anticipated, but that meant my free gift of a charger was now sent in a separate package. This is kind of ironic because the argument behind removing the charger from the box was to help the environment by reducing packaging and the emissions that came from the manufacturing and shipping of the product. Ich take two phones and interchange parts between them to simulate repairs.

It's becoming a common practice for companies to have full control over who can fix your phone. We've seen this from companies like apple although in recent years samsung has done some notable things, including disabling the fingerprint reader on the a51 after screen replacement or the cameras on the Galaxy Zenfold 3 after the bootloader unlocks. For those who were wondering if this is the sm s901e model that ran the january 2022 security patch on my s21 teardown last year, I had many comments about what would happen if you placed the sim eject pin in the microphone hole. It clearly says not to but later we'll find out that these s22s are setup and ready to be taken apart.

I'll start by placing the first galaxy s22 on a heat plate for several minutes to soften the adhesive holding the back panel in place this year. Samsung has gone back to the dreaded glass back panel. It looks and feels just like the plastic one from last year, although this time it will break on a drop and can crack when trying to pry up the back, so you only need to take extra care when prying around with plastic picks. What is holding the panel in place is the hardest part around the camera area. There is significantly more adhesive in this area than the rest of the back panel. Once the back panel is free I can remove any remaining adhesive left on the mid frame with one phone open. The opening process is similar to any Galaxy s series phone from the s6 up.

The adhesive is still weaker than what is found on the iphone, which makes access to the inside much easier, although it should still be noted that if the back is cracked, it will make removal slightly more difficult if you need to open your Samsung back. For any reason, it is important to reapply new adhesive when it comes time to reattach the panel. If otherwise the panel will not stick properly and that would cause dust or liquid to enter the phone with both backs removed. It has a very familiar look to the last year's s21, although it is still a bit hard to tell as the motherboard and other internals are still covered by the wireless charging module. Fortunately, samsung isn't trying to stop us from taking the phone apart by using hidden or security screws.

A standard Phillips screwdriver does the job with the one flex cable disconnects the module can be lifted and unadhered from the bottom part of the phone. It has also got two missing connectors and a couple of empty spaces around the frame. Now it's time to remove the motherboard. I'll begin by disconnecting the battery before all of the remaining flex cables will connect to various components within the phone. After that, only one screw is holding the camera in place before the entire motherboard can be lifted from the phone below. It is a second speaker and the earpiece combo, as well as the front camera and the cut out for the proximity sensor. Looking at the motherboard itself, it's a multi-stacked Pcb that houses a snapdragon, cpu and 128 gigs of storage.

It seems samsung isn't using their own processor in most of their models anymore and is instead using qualcomm. The US models have always used snapdragon Cpus instead of the exynos processor used by Samsung. These phones have always had a locked bootloader and therefore could never install custom firmware. Well, I guess we'll have to find out later to simulate every common repair. I'll swap the motherboards between the two phones - a large portion of the anti-repair mechanisms are actually found in software - so swapping out each hardware part will show us if there are any problems.

When I did this to an iphone 12 and later with the iphone 13 the camera went off, glitching id didn't work, battery health was disabled, true tone had disappeared and all of these warning messages appeared of what will happen with the galaxy s22. Well, let's find out with the green phone's motherboard in the silver frame. It's time to reattach everything I won't install any screws to save some time but the phone will work anyhow, I will flip the phone over and power it up upon boot up. It's time to go through and test all the functions of the phone, starting with fingerprint still worked and I was able to register both the fingerprint programmed before and after swapping the display, auto brightness functions as well as any diagnostic tests that I ran all with flying colors.

Also, all the cameras in both the photo and video modes work as expected, even face unlock and high-refresh display options still work. So it's almost impossible to see what you're doing or agreeing to once you enter the bootloader unlock mode. This screen tells that the phone will wipe as soon as you do this and it may void your warranty things. This can be seen that it gives us a warning message that the phone's bootloader has been unlocked. Also, there's nothing to worry about when booting back up to the operating system, but I will go through all of these functions. This has been the usual practice for samsung phones with unlockable bootloaders. After updating the blockchain keystore app for years, oddly, I was able to enter it with an unlocked bootloader.

That being said, I didn't go through and set it up completely, so it may give you an error later on. It's important to know that if you flash non-Samsung software after unlocking the bootloader, these functions will never work again. Even if you load the original software and relock the bootloader as I have never installed any custom roms, I can re-lock the bootloader and the phone will return to an out-of-box state with all these functions. If you care about having an unlockable bootloader with no consequences, a Samsung might not be for you. I will remove the motherboard in preparation for swapping the phones back into the original state.

But before we do so, I will continue to take the phone apart in the lower section of the phone, let's find out what happens when you put the eject on the SIM, pin into the microphone port to get a proper look I will take the speaker that is held in place with seven Phillips head screws. Underneath is the charging port its modular and can be removed by unplugging three cables and unlocking three more screws with it free. This means that inserted in the microphone port an eject pin will not damage it, as this is also located at the bottom, is a water damage indicator and the connector for the display. What has not changed is the ridiculously strong adhesive holding it in place. All lithium batteries wear out, making it easy to replace should be mandatory.

Regardless of some heat from my heat plate, alcohol and a bit of patience, I was able to squeeze the battery with that we have now fully disassembled the samsung galaxy s22 compared to phones like the iphone. However, the battery is still glued in too hard just like in previous years now. All that's left to do is reassemble the phones and hopefully everything will work perfectly. I'll start by swapping the camera modules back onto the original motherboards. This will also include the battery charging port and several flex cables. It was still too strong for me to pull up using a suction cup so I am confident that the battery will not go anywhere with that.

Then I can continue assembling the phone by installing the charging port and the flex cables that attach to it, and the display before the speaker is installed after the motherboard can be positioned and its one screw can be installed to secure the camera assembly. From here the antenna and wireless charging module can be placed into place. All the phillips head screws can be attached to secure the wireless charging module and the upper antenna going forward. Normally, you would apply some new adhesive but as this is a brand new phone and I am unable to get any replacement adhesive for the moment I'll just sit it on. As is with one complete it's time for the other. It will be reassembled in a similar manner I can clean off the camera lens before reattaching the back panel.

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