A new device has come out, so it’s time for iFixit to attack the phone with a battery of heat pads, pry tools, and screwdrivers. The site recently tore the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 asunder, revealing its gooey innards.
And I mean “gooey” literally, because as usual, the Note 8 case is assembled mostly with glue. The front and back glass panels are affixed to the device with glue, and the battery is glued in. Getting access requires lots of heat pads and gentle prying. As much as iFixit doesn’t like it, glue is a reality of the smartphone industry, though—fasteners are big and expensive. The glue probably also helps with water and dust resistance, which seems to be accomplished by a rubber gasket around the perimeter of the device.
While iFixit disapproved of the usual glued-together construction, the site praised the Note 8 for having several modular components. The headphone jack is easily removable via a plug. The USB C port lives on a separate daughter board as opposed to being soldered to a single board.