Inside the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung's Galaxy S5 stands accused of having a plastic build, but what does it look like on the inside? We're not so keen on pulling apart our GS5 so, luckily for us, the good guys over at iFixit.com have done the job for us. Here's some stuff you might not know about the Galaxy S5. Also check out our Samsung Galaxy S5 review. 

Samsung Galaxy S5: What we know 

The Samsung Galaxy S5's specification is no secret. In fact, the S5 is an incredibly popular device, with sales completely outstripping those of the S4 (see how the S4 and S5 compare). You might even own one. If you do, check out our Best Samsung Galaxy S5 cases and covers under £20; if you don't, why not head over to Best Samsung Galaxy S5 deals UK. 

So what is inside? The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone with a 5.1in (1920x1080, 432ppi) Super AMOLED display. It pairs a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 graphics, plus there's 16- or 32GB of internal storage and a microSDXC card slot that lets you add a further 128GB.  

The Samsung Galaxy S5 supports some unique connectivity features, with its 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless supported with MIMO technology and a download booster, allowing it to combine the power of Wi-Fi and 4G to offer super-fast downloads. And you get NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, IR and Micro-USB 3.0 - no surprises there. Read: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S5 mini comparison review.

It's a skinny smartphone, just 8.1mm thick and 145g, but packs in a 2,800mAh removable battery whose capacity is boosted with an extreme power saving mode. And let's not forget the 16Mp rear camera and front-facing 2Mp webcam, heart-rate monitor and fingerprint sensor. 

SIM-free, the Galaxy S5 costs around £479. Also see: 31 best smartphones 2014. 

Samsung Galaxy S5: What we now know 

Inside the Samsung Galaxy S5

Despite its waterproofing (which is evident in the form of a rubber gasket on the underside of the rear cover), peeling off the back of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is easier than peeling a banana. At least that's what the guys at iFixit.com tell us. So, that plastic, dimpled case isn't so nasty after all.  

The only way to get into the Galaxy S5 is glass-first, and that's a lot trickier than you might expect, with both the home button cable and some sticky adhesive proving masterful oppositions. Unlike previous Galaxy smartphones, the S5 "sandwiches components between the display and the battery in their own difficult-to-access compartment", according to iFixit.com. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has not one, but two midframes.

Inside the Samsung Galaxy S5 

The exact chips found inside are as follows: Elpida FA164A2PM - the same 2GB RAM package as inside the HTC One (M8), and different from the 2GB Samsung chip found in Chipworks' analysis; Quad-core 2.5 GHz CPU likely layered beneath; Samsung KLMAG2GEAC-B0 16GB onboard memory; Avago ACPM-7617 multi-mode, multi-band RF front end; Murata KM4220004 (likely Wi-Fi module); C1N75R UMR3; Maxim Integrated MAX77804K (System PSoC) and MAX77826; STMicroelectronics 32A M410; WEP GRG28 antenna switch module; Qualcomm WTR1625L RF transceiver (another encore from the HTC One M8); Qualcomm WFR1620 receive-only companion chip; Qualcomm PMC8974 power management IC; Lattice LP1KSD 84071R25 low-power FPGA; Invensense MP65M gyroscope/accelerometer; Qualcomm WCD9320 audio codec; SIMG 8240B0 mobile HD-link transmitter and NXP 47803 NFC controller. 

iFixit.com awards a repairability score to all the devices it tears down. It awarded the Samsung Galaxy S5 five out of a possible 10 points - the same score as the OnePlus One phone. It's easy to take out the battery and all the parts will be easy to get hold of, but the need to get past the display to undertake any repairs adds risk. 

Yesterday we were disappointed to learn that the Quad HD Samsung Galaxy S5 wouldn't be coming to the UK, but we're still hopeful over the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime (aka Galaxy F).

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